Signed By ‘89 bit.ly/signedby89

De­scribed by cre­ator Tim Knauf as “mini mu­sic man­age­ment in 64x64 pixel-o-vi­sion”, Signed

By‘89 is a de­light­ful PICO-8 ad­ven­ture chart­ing the for­tunes of a small-town band look­ing to make it big. You play as bassist Johnny Gherkin: with the threat of mil­i­tary school hang­ing over your head, you must write songs, play gigs, earn money and win fans in order to prove your­self to a la­bel scout. In truth, it’s not a dif­fi­cult bal­anc­ing act – things play out in lin­ear fash­ion as you keep your band’s ‘tight­ness’ lev­els high through reg­u­lar prac­tice and splash out on in­stru­ment up­grades and in­spir­ing LPs to raise Johnny’s chances of composing bet­ter songs. But

SignedBy‘89 is rammed to the gills with char­ac­ter and charm, from its flavour text to its bob­bing sprites to its catchy chip­tune dit­ties.

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