Coffee Crisis, a Modern Sega Genesis Game, Is Out Now on Xbox One

Side-scrolling beat 'em up Coffee Crisis is now out on Xbox One, after a previous release on Steam and—believe it or not—Sega Genesis.

on August 15, 2018 3:29 PM

Those of you who have yet to tire of retro gaming might want to check Coffee Crisis out. Developed by Pittsburgh-based indie developer Mega Cat Studios, this beat ’em up has players control a couple of baristas fighting off an alien invasion and defending the world’s greatest commodities: metal music, coffee, cat videos, and Wi-Fi.

Featuring real-life Pittsburgh locations and landmarks, Coffee Crisis boasts detailed hand-drawn and hand-animated sprites—not to mention a rocking original soundtrack by Pittsburgh metal band Greywalker. If you think this looks eerily like a Sega Genesis/Mega Drive game, that’s because it’s exactly that.

While Mega Cat generally releases their games in modern digital formats, the studio is significant for putting out physical versions of their titles as well. Previous releases have gone on the NES, SNES, and the Genesis, which Coffee Crisis also released on. Believe it or not, other indie developers seem to be on a similar page, with another Genesis game called Tanglewood releasing quite recently.

After a release on PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam, along with the aforementioned Genesis cartridge release, Coffee Crisis is now out on Xbox One. For a better idea of what the game looks like in motion, check out the initial trailer for the game below.

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Chris is a writer based in the Philadelphia area with their eyes set on New York City. They are currently writing for film website Flixist, podcasting for Marvel News Desk, and was an editorial intern for Paste Magazine's gaming section. They graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a creative writing major.