RETRY Review

RETRY Review

Nov 28, 2014

RETRY is one of those games that is frustratingly great. Like the Flappy Bird of yore it is capable of frustrating the pants off of any player but also to keep them coming back for more.

Screenshot_2014-11-24-12-48-58RETRY’s concept is as simple as can be. The player guides a small yellow plane from the beginning of a course to the end. These courses feature lots of up and down slopes, small tunnels, water and sometimes even moving blocks. Along the way are checkpoints the player can unlock to begin again from that point.

The catch is that the plane controls very weirdly. Pressing down hard on the throttle causes the plane to flip and loop and eventually probably crash into whatever is above it. There are no directional controls. The player must control the plane entirely by pressing and releasing the throttle.

Screenshot_2014-11-24-10-52-30As awful this sounds it is also deeply satisfying. With careful use of the throttle the player can flip and loop though obstacles and feathering it at just the right rate allows the plane to glide along at the perfect angle and land safely. This is a lot of fun.

Whenever the player crashes, which will happen a lot, they can restart at a number of checkpoints found along the way. These checkpoints must be unlocked however. The player can use coins to unlock them. These coins are found along each course and often placed in positions that will cause players to crash if they aren’t careful when picking them up. Coins can also be bought with real money. Lastly – and this is the most controversial choice – they can watch a 15 second video ad to unlock the checkpoint.

RETRY embraces its old school vibe in a way few games have on Android. Older gamers will grin from ear to ear at this game’s presentation. A great fresh, colorful visual style with pixel art really gives RETRY that warm old school vibe that many games on the Play Store shoot for but few hit. The sound is extremely good as well. Dangerously catchy chiptunes warble away in the background and suit the game exceptionally well. The actual sound effects are very limited like you’d expect from an old game. There is the putt putt of the plane’s engine and the “tack” of smacking into yet another obstacle. Particularly great is the super triumphant sound that checkpoints make when you unlock them. RETRY is a smile stretcher.

For all its old school charm however RETRY feels a little dirty. The way the player can choose to watch ads to unlock checkpoints feels..unclean like the game is taking advantage of the player in a way games really shouldn’t. If the game wasn’t as hard as it is this would be less of a problem. The game also has an ad on its pause screen, which is less excusable. It doesn’t help that this is labelled “Rovio News” like its actually something interesting rather than the upteenth shrilling of a certain overexposed game license that should have ended long ago.

RETRY is fun stuff, a real challenge and it is a unique idea which isn’t often seen on mobile. Despite the insidious ad system RETRY is definitely worth a look.

Retry Review

Retry Review

Nov 5, 2014

Rovio isn’t just a company making games – specifically making Angry Birds games. It also published games from other developers, like the game Retry.

It wouldn’t do the game Retry justice by calling it a Flappy Bird clone. Maybe that game brought a new genre of mobile games upon us, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. In case of Flappy Bird, well, there was a lot to wish for. You know, like, better, more responsive controls, for instance. Or how ’bout an hit detection that actually makes sense. Stuff like that.


Over the past few months, we’ve seen, and sadly: I’ve played, a lot of games within the same ‘one button gameplay’-genre, otherwise known as Flappy Bird clones. They all had something different than the original. Better controls, colorful environments, a hit detection that actually makes sense or even game modes or gameplay interpretations we thought we’d never see with this kind of gameplay.

Enter Retry, a new ‘one tap’ game, published by Rovio. it is a game where you control a plane across a level. The thing it, it only starts its engine, when you tap the screen. If you hold the screen, the plane will go up, making a looping as a result. By slowly tapping the plane, you’ll see it will actually glide along the clouds and bushes, on its way to the end of the level (where you can land as you see fit).

The controls of Retry are brilliant. It did not took a long time to get used to them and within minutes, I was flying the plane like I intended to do. It really felt I was controlling it and that is an important aspect of this genre. Also: the hit detection made sense. Literally everything you touch is deadly, except for the runway of course, but it was always fair in my eyes.

The game has plenty of levels and challenges you can complete, so there is enough to do. In those levels, there are even checkpoints you can activate by spending an in-game coin. Coins you can collect during flight (there is always one easy to grab) or can buy from the menu. But I never felt forced to do so. Fun is what matters in this game – so give it a try. Even if you hate Flappy Bird.