GRIDD Retroenhanced is a track-style arcade shooter reminiscent of old school shooters with the flying feeling a lot like StarFox and ships straight out of descent (and if anyone knows that reference, you’re old like me!). Your goal is to hack into the security mainframe, although there is no real story behind it, by shooting your way through laser gates and various enemies trying to keep you out.
You’re thrown onto the track in your ship and a single blaster and you immediately meet your main foe essentially yelling at you to stay out. This ASCII head makes appearances throughout the game attempting to verbally scare you away and even makes an appearances as the boss you fight at the end of each section. The controls are smooth and the graphics are nice and bring you back to some of the old school shooters which is nice.
Going through the levels you’ll pick up shields and weapon power-ups if you can manage to pull your eyes away from the other things going on in the game. If you remember the movie Hackers (1995), and if you don’t go watch it NOW, there is an early version of “Wipeout” by Psygnosis that looks very similar with out all the trippy Tron coloring. Amazingly games these days all come with warnings talking about seizures and I’ve even seen some talk about hand cramps and suggesting you get up and move once and a while.
GRIDD should have all of these warnings. If the techno soundtrack, “pew-pew” laser sounds and explosions to don’t drive you to drink then the fast moving levels and colors might, or might make you puke. In order to beat some of the enemies you need to zig-zag so fast that you can lose your ship on the screen and it’s a good thing you can’t fall off the track, otherwise you wouldn’t make it far at all.
GRIDD had some good initial retro-feel, but after that first few minutes it lost that in the frustration of really just constant aimless moving and shooting. I do think it’s a good release by Antab Studio especially seeing as it’s a group of just 3 people, but for me it’s a stretch at the price to make it really a worthwhile purchase. The game seems like a $5 purchase. I’m not sure if it’s the distributor or them pushing higher prices but it happens all the time where a game is priced to make money and not for what the game should be priced at. I’d almost rather see Antab work on getting an XBOX version of GRIDD or GRIDD 2 developed and off mobile. GRIDD 2 looks better than Retroenhanced and it’s made for mobile!