The 8-bit Cinema club: Enjoy a night at the pixels

1 Oct 2016

Go on a nostalgia trip and enjoy your favourite flicks re-told in retro 8-bit. Image: Nejron Photos/Shutterstock

8-bit Cinema gamifies your favourite TV shows and movies, and recreates them in retro 8-bit gaming style.

In this on-demand HD world, we are totally spoilt when it comes to quality entertainment at a whim.

In fact, I would argue that we are almost too spoilt by hyper-realistic, over-the-top CGI in most movies. A total sensory overload that takes away from the talents of storytelling and acting.

But when Netflix began airing Stranger Things it was almost like a magical paean to the 80s nostalgia of ghost stories, curfews and BMX bikes. It had shades of Stephen King’s IT not to mention Steven Spielberg’s Super 8.

That’s why when Stranger Things retold as an 8-bit arcade game emerged this week, it got the old retro blood flowing and made us crave more.

In computer architecture, 8-bit processors were all the rage in the late 1970s early 1980s and heralded popular games such as Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, Frogger, Donkey Kong and Arkanoid, to name a few.

Now, thanks to 8-bit Cinema from YouTube channel CineFix, your TV and cinema favourites have been gloriously re-told.

Stranger Things

The Revenant

The Star Wars trilogy

Forrest Gump

The Shawshank Redemption

The Matrix

Batman: The Dark Knight

Guardians of the Galaxy

Jurassic Park

Pulp Fiction

The Walking Dead



John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years