A downloadable game for Windows

YouTube as it should have been in 1986 - Instant VHS Home Delivery!

We hope you enjoy!



  • Move with WASD
  • Look with the Mouse
  • Interact with Left Click
  • Zoom with Right Click


  1. Left click the terminal to access it.
  2. Search for videos by typing "query" followed by a space and your search terms. (e.g. "query cats")
  3. Select a result by typing "request" followed by a space and the index (number) of the video you want to request.
  4. After some time your video cassette will arrive.
  5. Pick up the tape with left mouse.
  6. Put it into the VCR to play it.
  7. Click on the VCR buttons to eject the tape.


  • 0.1.0
    • Improved visuals and screen effects
    • Bug fixes and minor enhancements
    • Videos should arrive faster
    • Fixed several shader issues on DX9 hardware
    • Audio should no longer lag behind the video
  • 0.0.0
    • Initial Release for Ludum Dare 36

More information

Published99 days ago
AuthorsCommie, pogoUK
TagsLudum Dare 36, Retro, youtube
Player countSingleplayer


YouTubeRetroSim_0.1.0.zip (161 MB)


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why does it not work I put the tape in the computer but nothing happens

please help

Can you add ability to delete all videos downloaded in game? :c

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Even though I ran into a few videos that wouldn't play, this was a ton of fun, and such a great concept! I really enjoyed it!

Same as Yinsho, put it in and it never plays

I'm getting the same problem as PurpleOldMaN. Whenever I put a tape in the VCR, it never plays. Just stays static.

Any advice?

What are your specs? Windows version, 32/64bit, video card?

Windows 10, I think it's 64bit. AMD Radeon R7 graphics card, I believe.

When I put in the tape, the screen just stays static no matter what i put in.

Update is live, let us know of any issues.

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Hey guys, we're gearing up to do a small update to hopefully address some of the issues people are encountering.

The silence of waiting. The blinds protecting us from the glare outside. Everything can be delivered nowadays, so why leave?

1 Question it there a way to speed up delivery?

The videos _should_ come a lot faster in the updated version.


I love this simulator, this gives me a look back into a past I've not thought about in a long time. It makes me really think about time passing in general. I found myself watching things that I haven't seen in years, 80s movie trailers, and he-man episodes. I'd love for this to become more... if I had the know-how I'd want to add more of a living room, maybe a couch and a small table with a lamp for lighting. The TV being faced towards the couch instead of beside the computer. maybe even going a step farther and adding small bits and bobs from a lost era... giving a lived in feeling. Even adding a detail where the tapes show up wrapped up at the door, and giving detail to the vhs tapes.

haha, one can dream... this really is something. I hope this program works for as long as I can use it. I'll definitely replaying this time to time.

Thank you for designing this, and I know it probably wasn't meant for someone like me to enjoy it this way but awesome work.

(The only complaint I have is the fact that some videos lose the corners a bit too much)

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Glad you liked it! Rest assured, we feel the same - this was done very much seat-of-the-pants and racing against time. There are plans for a full, more comfortable experience down the line. In the meantime, the slightly updated version features more corners! =)

It It worked so well! I don't know how you guys pulled this off, but it was a blast and had a lot of fun with this game:)

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the vhs never comes. i waited 4 minutes and nothing appeared near the phone!

please help me

Help Game Running but everything is Space but we can see the monitors with no text HELP !

Game is running but screens are grey. HELP


Hey, my game doesn't run, help me please!!!


my game wont work either