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.
RETRYâ€™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.
As 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 arenâ€™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 gameâ€™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 youâ€™d expect from an old game. There is the putt putt of the planeâ€™s engine and the â€œtackâ€ 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 shouldnâ€™t. If the game wasnâ€™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 doesnâ€™t help that this is labelled â€œRovio Newsâ€ 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 isnâ€™t often seen on mobile. Despite the insidious ad system RETRY is definitely worth a look.