Shakedown Hawaii Nintendo – Is it a Fun Game?


Shakedown Hawaii one-ups Retro City Rampage in almost every way, and is most certainly a must-play on the Nintendo Switch. Heck, it’s a must-play on every system, because we made sure to put it on just about everything. If you like things that are fun, you’re not going to have much bad to say about this one. It would have been nice to pick from a man or a woman main character, but that’s about the largest complaint I can levy.

The rise of the videogame auteur is something to behold. There are high profile names like Hideo Kojima, but few games have the distinction of being made almost entirely by one person. To wit, only two immediately come to mind: Matt Thorson (Celeste) and Eric Barone (Stardew Valley). Jonathan Blow’s Braid can be added in there too, and we should almost certainly add Brian Provinciano to that list.

Launched to less critical and social media fanfare than the aforementioned titles, Vblank Software’s Retro City Rampage was an 8-bit delight of a throwback to the original top-down GTAs. Its spiritual sucessor, Shakedown Hawaii bumps the bits up to 16, and with double the bits, comes double the fun (feel free to use that in the promotional materials, guys). In short, Shakedown Hawaii is a fantastic top-down open world adventure with tons of content and quite arguably more tongue in cheek humor than the Rockstar inspiration. It’s a must play, and this is our review.

For about hald of the 10-plus hours I’ve put into Shakedown, I’ve played on PC with a controller, but it plays just as well with mouse and keyboard if you’re wondering. When Vblank sent me my Switch code on Friday, I was overjoyed. This is the ideal place to play the game, and it’s clear that Provinciano thinks so as well – at least in terms of his work being portable. Shakedown Hawaii is available on PSVita, and PHYSICALLY to boot.

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