The first thing noticed about Retro Hero is that it looks the part – the graphics are retro. The gameplay, too, is retro, playing like old arcade games. The object of the game is to find treasure, free princesses and generally reach exits, by way of simple four-directional movement – left, right, jump and fall. A leaderboard acts as a rich list – those who found most treasure, found and rescued the princesses, spent least in shops to get there and were generally more conservative with ammo.
Left and right movement is, very simply, performed with the on-screen left and right arrows; jumping is done by way of pressing A whilst falling is just a question of stepping off a ledge. However, a word of caution: be wary of too big drops. Death awaits for being overly-ambitious with the height from which the player can safely jump downwards.
Tapping B, another on-screen button, fires a gun, useful for stopping those trying to hinder your progress. Y, the fifth and final button, is for dropping bombs – good only when actually carrying a bomb, which you will have to pick up or buy at a later stage; it is not initially available.
The game is very easy to play. At least, it should be. There is nothing advanced in the controls system; move, jump and shoot. Despite this, I seemingly contrived to jump just too far, to jump too early, to take one step too many, to step off a ledge just as one of the guards turned. The game seems simple, and yet I found myself running through several levels multiple times. It has the inherent ability to frustrate, but in a way that it challenges me to up my game and take it on again. I die again, but it eggs me on and somehow I just lost a significant amount of time to this game. It takes up your time and rewards effort with frustration and yet I go at it again.
Frustrating it is, but I found it enjoyable too. The pixelated graphics and simple control mechanisms are reminders of an era of games so seemingly distant, yet contained within a modern day smartphone.
The game is well-executed and plays well. It is simple yet effective. It has a comparatively high price of $1.29 – now that prices of Xbox Live titles are continually being slashed to 99 cents – but there is a Trial available.
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Version Under Review: 220.127.116.11
This game costs $1.29, and there is also a Trial version available; The trial version has only 2 levels and you cannot access or submit highscores.
Our Rating for Retro Hero
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