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  • Summary: Vblank's open world action heads to the tropics, in Shakedown: Hawaii. From the boardroom to the streets, Shakedown parodies big business and the white collar crimes that go alongside. Build your empire, monopolize the markets, and collaterally re-zone the island's destructible sandbox.

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  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. May 10, 2019
    90
    Shakedown: Hawaii energizes its open-world satire with the transparent and ruthless cynicism of modern commerce. Its antihero’s flagrant and invincible dishonesty would go beyond parody if it weren’t kept in check by the player’s underhanded complicity. I want the money numbers to go higher, too. And I’ll destroy or ruin anyone in Shakedown: Hawaii’s lush pixel paradise to see it through.
  2. 85
    Shakedown: Hawaii builds on its predecessor by improving it's visuals and music massively. It does keep its unique humour, story and over the top action though. The city building systems are a welcomed addition and I feel most players will enjoy what's on offer. You get quite a bit of game for your money and there is a lot to do in this uncanny little title.
  3. May 8, 2019
    80
    Despite some setbacks with the fetch quests and the bad jokes, Provinciano’s follow-up to his classic Retro City Rampage doesn’t disappoint. Shakedown Hawaii has loads of replay value, between acquisitions, mayhem, and raging through city streets. It is splendidly designed, composed, and its visuals are a great nostalgic reminder of the SNES era.
  4. May 31, 2019
    80
    Shakedown: Hawaii offers a wonderful cavalcade of carnage down in paradise. The place is inviting, but may lose its appeal for some after the jokes and violence get old.
  5. May 15, 2019
    75
    Shakedown: Hawaii is a more robust title when compared to Retro City Rampage. However for all the features that it packs in, it doesn’t really do much with them. Things like blowing up deliver trucks, delivering coffee, and burglaries are introduced during the story mode, but once introduced these activities can be ignored with no detriment to your playthrough. The game does have a cover mechanic, but just like those extracurricular activities mentioned, ignoring it will not hinder your progress. The game is still an enjoyable romp and I do look forward to when Vblank will take this series to next phase…3D.
  6. May 17, 2019
    71
    Quotation forthcoming.
  7. May 6, 2019
    70
    Despite some repetitive mission design, Shakedown: Hawaii manages to entertain in much the same way as its predecessor. It swaps out pop culture references for jibes at the modern world, and it's an angle that slots right into the GTA-esque design. The business management aspects are what will keep you hooked, with each day bringing you more and more cash to splash. Its brand of action is simple but satisfying, and there are plenty of ways to enjoy the game if you're after some breezy open world antics -- just don't expect it to blow your socks (and sandals) off.

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  1. May 10, 2019
    10
    Gorgeous pixel art, quick-paced missions with loads of satire and impressive scope make this game a real joy to play. Think Smash TV and earlyGorgeous pixel art, quick-paced missions with loads of satire and impressive scope make this game a real joy to play. Think Smash TV and early GTA gameplay and humor with property/business management. A+ fun. I haven't bought many indies but was sold on the retro appeal by a trailer on the official PS Blog. Glad I bought it. I wish more indies would go with colorful SNES/32-bit pixel art. It scratched that nostalgia itch better than an actual old game, because of the novelty of the gameplay and humor of the story. Highly recommended. Expand
  2. Nov 4, 2019
    9
    Probably one of the best GTA clones of all time! The 16-bit-ish open world of Shakedown Hawaii includes a huge amount of memorable weapons, aProbably one of the best GTA clones of all time! The 16-bit-ish open world of Shakedown Hawaii includes a huge amount of memorable weapons, a decently funny story and an amazing chip-tune soundtrack as well. I also enjoy the various destruction mechanics the game lets you mess around with. Expand