Cecconoid – Review

A ZX Spectrum-inspired eight-bit twin-stick-shooter, which looks to spread some retro gaming love.

  • Thalamus Digital Publishing Ltd
  • http://www.thalamusdigital.co.uk
  • £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.

  • Overall


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

Ian Osborne

Ian has worked on computer and video games magazines since the legendary Crash and Zzap! 64 in the early Nineties, so he’s seen many changes over the years (including an expanding waistline and receding hairline). A lifelong Mac user, he bought his first Mac in the year 2000. It’s a testament to the resilience of the Mac that his mother is still using that computer to this very day.

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