Update, : Garbanzo Quest added at rank #47.
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Streets Of Rage 4 (2020)

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Amongst the best beat’em up series ever created, jammin’ ‘90s beats and over the top street fighting, the iconic series Streets of Rage comes back with a masterful tribute to and revitalization of the classic action fans adore.


  • boss
  • brawler
  • retro
  • combo
  • classic
  • cooperative
  • fight
  • online
  • arcade
  • crime
  • combat
  • beat-em-up
  • local
  • old-school
  • multiplayer

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Astalon: Tears Of The Earth (2021)

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Three explorers wander through a post-apocalyptic desert to find a way to save the people in their village. A dark, twisted tower has been pushed up from the depths of the Earth... but does it hold the answers they seek?


  • platform
  • post-apocalyptic
  • retro
  • metroidvania
  • pixel
  • boss
  • fantasy
  • chiptune
  • 2d
  • exploration
  • puzzle
  • fight
  • action
  • anime
  • magic

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Narita Boy (2021)

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Narita Boy received "generally favorable reviews" according to Metacritic.[10]


  • pixel
  • platform
  • boss
  • retro
  • action-adventure
  • combat
  • narrative
  • exploration
  • 1980s
  • 2d
  • metroidvania
  • lore
  • adventure
  • runner
  • hand-drawn

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Steel Assault (2021)

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Play as Taro Takahashi, a resistance soldier on a revenge mission against the dictator who lords over the ashes.  


  • platform
  • post-apocalyptic
  • retro
  • arcade
  • pixel
  • 2d
  • america
  • old-school
  • side-scrolling
  • fast-paced
  • action
  • perma-death
  • scroller
  • futuristic
  • bullet-hell

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Alwa's Legacy (2020)

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Alwa’s Legacy is a modern retro game full of dangerous dungeons, magical items and ancient secrets. By upgrading your magic, any way forward is right in this non-linear adventure game full of exploration.


  • platform
  • metroidvania
  • non-linear
  • retro
  • pixel
  • exploration
  • 2d
  • dungeon
  • puzzle
  • magic
  • action-adventure
  • adventure
  • demons
  • cute
  • old-school

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Angry Video Game Nerd I & II Deluxe (2020)

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He's gonna take you back to the past . . . again!

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  • platform
  • retro
  • man
  • boss
  • hardcore
  • boss-fight
  • difficult
  • cuss
  • must-buy

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Cathedral (2019)

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PC Windows Mac OS Linux Nintendo Switch Playstation 3

Make your way through more than 600 rooms, and unravel the secrets of your past by finding the five elemental orbs. Cathedral features a vast world, meant for exploring!


  • metroidvania
  • first-person
  • retro
  • platform
  • shooter
  • dungeon
  • boss
  • fps
  • vertical
  • shantae
  • humans-versus-aliens
  • crossbow
  • free-for
  • boss-fight
  • 40-player

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RetroArch (2021)

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RetroArch is an open source and cross platform frontend/framework for emulators, game engines, video games, media players and other applications

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  • software
  • open-source
  • retro
  • rollback
  • cross-platform
  • platform

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Basketball Classics (2019)

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5 on 5 Pro Basketball born from the golden era of sports games. This spiritual successor to the 8-bit ballers bridges the gap between retro and today’s simulation games. Side-scrolling, sweaty arcade action with simplified 3-button gameplay and retro vibes galore.

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  • sport
  • basketball
  • retro
  • usb
  • linux
  • casual
  • historical
  • team
  • open
  • arcade
  • hands-on
  • subscription
  • platform
  • 1980s
  • entertainment

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Cursed Castilla (2019)

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Cursed Castilla (Maldita Castilla EX) is an arcade action platformer full of creatures from medieval myths from Spain and the rest of Europe, as well as from chivalric romances. This game is an extended version of the renowned classic arcade Maldita Castilla, originally created by the indie Locomalito.

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  • classic
  • arcade
  • platform
  • 2d
  • retro
  • medieval
  • old-school
  • mythology
  • pixel
  • chiptune
  • action
  • mazelike
  • sprite
  • boomerang
  • dungeon

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