Reviews for the Lazy Gamer: Retro/Grade
Publisher/Developer: 24 Caret Games
Describe This Game in Three Words: Backmasked Gradius Musical
Plot Synopsis: Rick Rocket is your typical 2D space fighter adventure dude on a quest to blow up a bunch of bad guys in space Gradius-style. Problem is, the final battle destroys the universe and so Rick must do his entire ten-stage adventure in reverse to undo the temporal damage.
Up Up: Side-scrolling space adventures remain damn fun, even in this day and age, and that's what I thought I was getting when I downloaded Retro/Grade. That with PS3 graphics and a little timey-wimey twist. Instead, you get Guitar Hero in space.
The game is played by timing your shots and evasions with the music to basically perfectly reabsorb the previous adventure. You start at stage ten with the final boss and move backwards, aiming for the lowest score until the whole thing is over.
One thing that you can never take away from Retro/Grade is the fact that it is one of the lushest and most beautiful games ever made. Its bright space environment, ships, stations, everything, is crafted with such animated precision and perfection that you'd be hard-pressed to find a Hollywood blockbuster that did it better. It's like the Treasure Planet of gaming.