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Retrograde is a shoot'em up but unlike many others in the genre is has some unique features. Most shooters were vertical or horizontal scrolling affairs and altough at first glance this game is no different you quickly find out there is more to this game. The enemies on the ground can drop keys that will open up parts of levels that are played like a vertical platform game and if you complete all of them on a level you can go on to the end of level boss The story is pretty much nonexistent so I can't say anything usefull about it.

The main part of the game is played in a sidescrolling part where you fly around in your armor blasting everything that comes at you, the screen goes round in a circle so if you keep flying around you will end up in the same place again. The enemies will drop money after you take them out and you can collect it so you can buy more stuff at the shop. The cool thing is that weapons can be attached to 16 different parts of your armor so you can shoot in pretty much any direction. Most of the weapons do have limits on where they are placed though. You can also buy a melee weapon which seems pretty useless but it is necessary for taking out enemies walking on the ground. These guys will sometimes drop an item that allows you to buy a pyramid key and once you do one of them will open up so you can go in to complete that level. These levels are vertical scrolling platform affairs and the only weapon you can use is you melee weapon. Complete all pyramids on a level and you will be taken to the boss and once you defeat him it's on to the next level.

The graphics in the game are quite good for the C64 and altough the characters aren't very big they are fairly detailed. There isn't much in the way of backgrounds because it's mostly black with only the ground level providing somewhat of a scenery. All the sprites and things do move very smooth which is perfect for a shooting game. The platform levels are a nice change from the shooting parts and it gives some much needed variation that many other shoot'em ups don't have. The bosses are huge and some don't even fit on the screen so you'll fly around them to shoot all the exposed bits.

Retrograde has everything that a good shoot'em up should have and compared to many others there is variation as well. Still it might get a bit too much to keep collecting keys to open pyramids and killing enemies to collect cash to do it. There simply is no quick way to beat the game because of this. On the whole the game is excellent tough and if you're a fan of shooter than definately give this game a go.

Overal rating: 8/10

Erde Kaiser

This game was released for one system here are some notes:
C64 Released in 1989.
Game has been tested but not completed with CCS64 v2.0 win.
Take care using the trainers in the game as some of them will stop you from getting the key to opening the underground levels.

Date added Jun-15-2005 19:06
Name Retrograde
Developer Apex computer production
Publisher Thamalus
First released 1989
Genre Action
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Download Commodore 64, filesize: 213 Kb
Manual No manual available
Solve / Docs No solve available
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