- Thalamus Digital Publishing Ltd
- £1.99, $1.99, 2,29 €
- Compatibility: iOS 9.0 or later
Retro gaming is very much mainstream. From the Sonic The Hedgehog movie breaking box office records to Super Mario slippers, classic-era gaming has never been more popular. One area of contention for this retro gamer at least, is new retro-inspired games. Why play a modern retelling of a classic offering when you can simply play the original?
Cecconoid for iPhone and iPad takes inspiration from a host of seminal games from the eight-bit and coin-op era. The obvious comparison being the flip screen, puzzle based gameplay style of the Speccy’s Cybernoid. The player charts a safe path through single-screen trap-filled levels in a space craft, blasting baddies en-route. The gameplay is held up well by a perfectly implemented virtual dual joystick control method, á là Smash TV, one for movement the other to shoot.
Aping the retro eight-bit computer style, this game provides an ample challenge, requiring a lot of trial and error to plot the correct path through each stage. Alas, while never unfairly so, this difficulty can become rather overwhelming. Yet not enough to stop play; just pause it until the urge to throw your iPhone or iPad at the wall subsides.
A retro delight that will inspire comparison with some of the ZX Spectrum’s greatest hits, which to some that’s is all you will need to hear.
+ Fab retro-tactic visuals
+ Eight-bit synth score
+ Fiendish difficulty
– The FIENDISH difficulty