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retro game treasure box review

January 3, 2019 6 min to read

Retro Game Treasure Box Review

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Retro Game Treasure Box Review

Retro Game Treasure is a monthly retro video game subscription box.  It is similar to VIdeo Games Monthly except you can’t choose how many games you would like to get each month.  RGT gives you 3-5 games that they choose based on the consoles you wish to receive games for.

When you sign up you choose the genre of games that you are interested in, and what systems you would like to receive games for.  You then can fill out what games you already have and add games you want to your wish list. Using the genres and wish list is a great feature as it gives the box curators at RGT an idea of the type of games you like to play which they will use when filling up your box.  Not everyone will get something or everything on their list, but you will probably get something closer to the type of games you enjoy playing at least.

This is our first ever Retro Game Treasure Box and we were not paid or given the box for free in exchange for this review. Let’s see what our RGT box holds…inside of a retro game treasure subscription box

When I signed up for this box the consoles I chose were NES, SNES, N64, and Genesis.  I have to say when I first opened the box I was a little disappointed in getting three NES and one Genesis game instead of more variety in the game types.  There were two that I have experience with and two that are new to me so I was still excited to see what the games were like.

As with my Video Games Monthly reviews, we’ll break down each game with a little bit of info on what they are like and what the current value of the games are according to Game Value Now.  Let’s take a look at what was sent in this Retro Game Treasure Box.

spy hunter NES from retro game treasure subscription box

Spy Hunter NES – $4.10 value

Spy Hunter is a game I remember playing as a kid when it was new.  It always made me think of James Bond movies as a kid with a tricked-out spy car and from a quick glance at the Wikipedia for the game it looks like it was originally supposed to have a James Bond license to it.  

The game gives you a bird’s eye view of your car as you drive and fight with other cars using all the gadgets the car has equipped.  There are enemy cars to fight and civilian cars to avoid while a truck helps you upgrade weapons or bring you a new car when yours is destroyed.  

There isn’t much here in the way of a story or plot but it’s a good never-ending game on the NES that gives you vehicular spy carnage and it’s a good game to pick up and play when you need a break from more in-depth games.  If you like shooters or driving games on the NES then this game is right for you, if you want something with more of a story then you might want to avoid this one.

image of gumshoe nes cartridge for retro game treasure subscription box review

Gumshoe NES – $7.33 value

Now, this is a very interesting game to of found in my Retro Game Treasure box.  It’s one that needs the NES Zapper to play and those easy enough to come by but as televisions advance there are less and less TV’s that the light gun will work with.  I have an older tv that I use for some old consoles so there are no issues here for me, but if I only have a flat screen to play on this game would be a little useless for me.  So keep that in mind if you are interested in trying this game out.

With all that said, I was pleasantly surprised by this game.  I never played it or knew anyone with it while in it’s prime and I’m embarrassed to say I didn’t know anything really about it when I popped it in my NES.  It took me some time to figure it out as the detective runs on his own from left to right and has all sorts of obstacles in the way. After playing for a bit and using the gun to shoot any items thrown at the detective I kept seeing balloons all over the place and then stumbled onto learning that shooting the detective causes him to jump and grab balloons for more ammo.

Nintendo has always liked to come up with new creative ways to control the games on their systems.  Many times to their detriment and sometimes with great success. This is one that on the surface seems like it would be pretty lame. In reality, it makes for a fun a creative way to play a different type of game. And it’s always fun to play with the NES Zapper.  It’s refreshing in the retro game world to come across something like this.  I’m not sure if my younger self would have been super into this game as it’s so different from what else was out there, but adult I really enjoyed the time I’ve spent playing it so far.  

If you’ve never played this game before you should definitely seek it out and give it a try. Just make sure you have the light gun and a TV that it will work on.  

top gun NES game from RGT box subscription

Top Gun NES – $3.46 value

I wasted a couple game rentals on Top Gun for the NES as a kid. I didn’t have a good time with the game and I’m still bitter towards it.  There’s nothing I can say about this one that the Angry Video Game Nerd hasn’t already said. Check out his thoughts on this game so you can save your time, money, and sanity and avoid this game.

Now on to the rest of the Retro Game Treasure box…

animaniacs sega genesis cartridge from rgt box

Animaniacs Genesis – $6.12 value

I was excited about finding this game in my box this month.  I’ve only ever played the SNES version back in the day.  Animaniacs is a great show and it should lend itself well to video games. Compared to Looney Tunes and Tiny Toons there just weren’t many Animaniacs games made.  That said the one that was made for the SNES and Genesis were unique. The games are not just simple copies that are the same on both consoles.

They do both feature Pinky and The Brain as the main baddies you’ll be dealing with in the games. As well as spoofing popular movies as the levels.  The gameplay and stages are different on each console. If you are a fan of the show you’ll enjoy having the game on each system.  It does have some drawbacks with controls. They are a little confusing at first until you figure out how to operate Yakko, Wakko, and Dot. When you get them to work together it’s a pretty fun game with lots of references to the show.  Definitely worth checking out.

Retro Game Treasure Box Verdict

This is my first Retro Game Treasure box review. To be honest, at first, I was disappointed when I opened the RGT box. Having games from just consoles when I had more on my list was disappointing.  After playing the games I realized they did put together a nice variety for me.  Games are fun regardless of what console they are on. RGT did a good job of making sure this box was full of fun for me. Let’s just not talk about Top Gun though.

As for value, the total in games is $21.01 which isn’t the best. However, these box companies do need to make money and I understand that.  I would say the value in the variety of gameplay these games offer is good. They add a decent amount of playtime with these games to try them out. So, in the end, I think this box is really great and happy I got it.  If you are interested in getting your own box please check out Retro Game Treasure.  

Considering Video Game Monthly, as well?  Check out VGM box review too.

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