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The Monthly Retro Screenshot Guessing Quiz

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Mr_Horizon from ResetERA—and a bunch of other forums—organizes a monthly retro screenshot guessing charade since 2017. I haven’t given these the attention they deserve, so it seemed like a good idea to put them in the spotlight. There’s even a Sound FX quiz twice a year or so! The attention to detail is astonishing. Thanks, Mr_Horizon!

If you’d like to chime in, you can submit your monthly quiz at http://www.retrogamequiz.com/. Sadly though, it’s a redirect to the current Google Forms submission page. A proper overview of past quizzes doesn’t technically exist, although one could simply browse the threads in the participating forums (last time I counted, the author cross-posts to over 20 forums!). As I type this, there’s a “best and worst off” meta-quiz going on, so I hope it will continue its reign well into 2022.

The November 2021 quiz was themed Metroidvania. As a fanboy, I thought I could easily handle it. Yeah. It seems that there’s a big difference between guessing and correctly guessing. Here is the quiz picture:

The November 2021 Quiz.

Looks simple enough, right? Samus, Soma, … Uhh, what’s the third one? Oh man! Give it another look (and thought).

Below are all twenty-five answers:

  1. Metroid Dread.
  2. Castlevania: Aria Of Sorrow.
  3. Axiom Verge 2
  4. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  5. Grime
  6. Alwa’s Legacy
  7. Shadow Complex Remastered
  8. The Mummy: Demastered
  9. Xeodrifter
  10. Aliens Infestation.
  11. Touhou Luna Nights
  12. Insanely Twisted Shadowplanet
  13. Ori and the Blind Forest
  14. Blasphemous
  15. Yokus Island Express
  16. Cave Story
  17. Dandara
  18. Death’s Gambit Afterlife
  19. Sacred Armour of Antiriad
  20. Headlander
  21. The Swapper
  22. Brain Breaker.
  23. Pharaoh Rebirth
  24. Super Daryl Deluxe
  25. Super Space Adventure

Last month indeed resembled a typical game meme grid, except this time you have to guess its content based on only a portion of a screenshot instead of the whole box art. Sometimes, the quiz is a fake screenshot consisting of assets of multiple games, such as the one below where The Duke’s shotgun appears to blast a Stormtrooper, a Rise of the Triad eye is flying by, a dead imp from DOOM decorates the floor, and the stat bar is taken from Shadow Warrior. Cool! What else can you spot?

The Fake Screenshot Quiz.

Most past quizzes are still online, so in case you’re bored, taking a peek is highly recommended. Stay tuned for the December one. Thanks again Mr_Horizon, we nerds do love our retro gaming quizzes!

I'm Wouter Groeneveld, a level 36 Brain Baker, and I love the smell of freshly baked thoughts (and bread) in the morning. I sometimes convince others to bake their brain (and bread) too.

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