8-Bit Adventure Anthology: Volume 1 Review

"Choose Your Tale"


The 8-Bit Adventure Anthology: Volume 1 is most certainly one of the more strange collections I've seen show up this generation. These are all very retro titles from a time long past, but the story within these games remains as interesting as ever. These titles aren't particularly complex, but very much so with just how dynamic they are. It's all about interacting with the worlds and attempting to survive against some really deadly odds. The three included point and click adventure titles are Shadowgate, Déjà Vu and Uninvited. Shadowgate takes place within Castle Shadowgate, the home of a Warlock. As the last of great kings you must take out this threat, death is around every corner. Déjà Vu is set in the 40's following a detective as he attempts to deal with murder after waking up and not remembering anything. The final title is Uninvited where players move through an old mansion while trying to find their sibling and dealing with the mystical spirits throughout.


The presentation of these classic games is excellent, they all look great while retaining that original look. You mostly click on things, use the interaction wheel to do tasks and move through an inventory. It's simple, but that's just how it was back in the day I imagine. Aside from the general look, the collection does offer some additional tweaks if you want to change how everything looks. There are four screen scaling options including Stretch 1:1, Stretch 4:3, Integer 1:1 and Integer 4:3. You can also apply a filter such as CRT, Old TV, B/W or Terminal. These are mostly for fun, but I appreciate the time that was spent to include these.

8-Bit Adventure Anthology: Volume 1 Xbox Wallpaper Screenshot

The Conclusion

This is a solid package for those looking to relive these classic titles or to even experience them for the first time. I had personally never even heard of these games, but enjoy checking out the historical game remasters or releases and enjoyed these. There are some good options to tweak the settings for fun and even the regular base play makes these old games look solid. It's a decent package with a number of intense adventure titles that perfectly present the ancient point and click days. All of them are rather interesting, but I personally really liked Déjà Vu and I assume that was mostly the setting.

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8-Bit Adventure Anthology: Volume 1 Review on Xbox One X
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Rating Overall: 7.5

Gamerheadquarters Reviewer Jason Stettner