It’s been a long road for Ana Ribeiro and her homage to classic retro gaming with Pixel Ripped 1989. The title has seen many a stop and start with the end now in sight, set to launch on 31st July. One videogame that VRFocus has been keenly watching and waiting for having made it to the Best Oculus Rift Games Coming in 2018 list, we’re now able to showcase some gameplay footage from the final review version.
Of course like many an early spoiler VRFocus was restricted to what it could show, that being said, there’s still almost 30 minutes of footage as we play through the very first chapter of the videogame.
Pixel Ripped 1989’s story is a classic tale of fantasy villainy crossed with the 1980s. Technically a a ‘game-within-a-game’, you begin by following the adventures of main character Dot, who sees her world destroyed by an evil goblin called the Cyblin Lord, who has the power to escape from the videogame realm into the real world.
You then take on the role of a girl called Nicola, chosen by the videogame to help Dot save her realm and the real world from the dastardly plans of the Cyblin Lord, all while facing challenges in her own reality in the form of grumpy teachers and an angry headmaster.
The first chapter (and the video itself) primarily take place in Nicola’s classroom. Almost transporting you back in time you find yourself behind a school desk with a ‘Gear Kid’ handheld console in hand. The task is the play the 80s videogame whilst not getting caught by the teacher, every time you do you lose a life. To help distract the teacher and give yourself more gaming time there’s a spitball item on the desk which can be used to shoot certain objects around the room.
Pixel Ripped 1989 is available to pre-order for PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift, with a discount bringing it down from $24.99 to just $19.99. Steam will get a launch week discount when it arrives. Check out the gameplay video below, plus look out for VRFocus’ review next week.