- System: Nintendo Switch
- Publisher: Mages, Spike Chunsoft
- Developer: Mages, Spike Chunsoft
- Release Date: 2/19/2019
- Price:$59.99 (comes bundled with Steins;Gate Elite)
- Rating: T for Teen
- Genre: Visual Novel, Adventure
- Players: 1
- Official Website: http://spike-chunsoft.com/SteinsGateElite/8bit/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
First, let’s make sure you readers understand how to even get a hold of 8-Bit Adv Steins;Gate. Gamers who preorder the Nintendo Switch physical/limited edition versions or digital versions of Steins;Gate Elite will nab a preorder bonus for 8-Bit Adv Steins;Gate. That’s why in the info above, we mention the price only for Steins;Gate Elite as we—as of now—don’t know if 8-Bit Adv Steins;Gate will be sold individually at any point in the future. With that information out of the wait we’ll now tell you what to expect when you do download 8-Bit Adv Steins;Gate. To be honest though, don’t expect much.
8-Bit Adv Steins;Gate is at its heart a simple—and we mean simple—old school retro themed adventure game with visual novel elements. Players control Okabe as they go through various Steins;Gate locals as an 8-bit mad scientist. The brunt of 8-Bit Adv Steins;Gate’s gameplay is go to a location, use one of several choices—one our favorites with the maniacal laughter option as it’s just ridiculous—and repeat the process to move the story along. It’s a simple hour to two-hour experience that really just acts as a retro homage to games from the past. Even the borders of the screen are in style with a TV from the 80s. This simple design works in some ways for 8-Bit Adv Steins;Gate but also causes a few minor issues as well.
On the positive side, getting more story/content from the huge world of Steins;Gate is always a pleasant experience. While this story is far from canon, 8-Bit Adv Steins;Gate gives players an intriguing new perspective to Steins;Gate unseen before from the series. We loved going from place to place interacting with well-known Steins;Gate characters and seeing them in their 8-bit splendor. Equally, the whole retro aesthetic works well in 8-Bit Adv Steins;Gate with all the music from the series being transitioned into retro chip tunes and such. We didn’t think retro would fit Okabe and his crew but 8-Bit Adv Steins;Gate shows no matter how Okabe, Mayuri, Daru and the rest of the crew look, they will still be impressive at the end of the day.
Where 8-Bit Adv Steins;Gate doesn’t work, however, is that this simplicity comes at a cost. There isn’t much to do in 8-Bit Adv Steins;Gate. Often, you’ll just walk around hoping to find the correct location or do the right action to allow the story progress. Just like retro games from the past—ironically—there’s no go here or do this way marker. You’ll be often just randomly finding a solution to an issue or path because you decided to keep waiting in one location or to talk with one character enough times for their actions to change. It’s a bit annoying, but for those seeking that true old-school feel, it will appeal in 8-Bit Adv Steins;Gate. By the way, there’s no save option in 8-Bit Adv Steins;Gate so you’d best make sure to keep your Nintendo Switch in suspend mode.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Retro 8-bit Okabe and Kurisu are adorable
- The whole retro graphical style works well in 8-Bit Adv Steins;Gate
- Hearing classic tunes in chiptune format was quite nice
- Simple but enjoyable side story that doesn’t try too hard to be anything canonical
- Overly simplistic gameplay means there’s not a lot of meat to 8-Bit Adv Steins;Gate
- Finding the next path to objectives feels overly random
- No save option means you’re going to need to play it all in one sitting
Honey's Final Verdict: