Shakedown Hawaii

Long-awaited Retro City Rampage follow-up Shakedown: Hawaii gets a new trailer

Developer Vblank Entertainment has released a new teaser trailer showcasing its long-awaited retro-styled open-world adventure Shakedown: Hawaii - alongside a brief update on its development.

Shakedown: Hawaii, the follow-up to Vblank's 8-bit-inspired Retro City Rampage, brings back its predecessor's protagonist (albeit now a big-shot CEO, and 30 years older) and once against sets players rampaging through the gloriously 2D city streets - this time to build their corporate empire and destroy the competition.

This is done, says Vblank, by completing missions, and through "property acquisition, shakedowns, sabotage, market manipulation and collateral 're-zoning'". The new trailer below offers an updated look at the ensuing carnage. And speedboats!

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Retro City Rampage dev's Shakedown Hawaii trumps its predecessor in new trailer

Retro City Rampage dev's Shakedown Hawaii trumps its predecessor in new trailer

UPDATE: Real estate tycoon and reality TV star antihero not Trump parody, dev clarifies.

UPDATE 12/07/2017 4.38pm: It turns out that Shakedown Hawaii's bullish aging real estate mogul and reality TV star antihero is not meant to parody a certain politician, despite the similarities in the premise, developer Brian Provinciano has clarified to Eurogamer.

"I do want to make one clarification though: The protagonist's not a parody of Trump, and was in fact conceived well before that last election even began," the developer said in an email to Eurogamer. "I understand the possible confusion since he's described as a CEO / guy on reality TV, but that's not the case here.

"The reality TV side of the game was one of those perfect flukes that came out of the Tetris-like process that is melding the desired story beats with gameplay that fits the genre. It grew out of an excuse to squeeze in more video game-y elements like rotating cannons and platforming conveyor belt props into the game's more grounded tone (ie. 'it's a game show'). Originally, you played a secondary character on these shows (a younger, fame hungry kid), but the second character didn't keep the game on-theme with the business satire, and I wanted to keep it more focused and on point, so I rewrote it to have the main protagonist compete on the shows instead. It wound up working out much better, actually, and was another lightbulb moment of magic!

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