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Retro Act (Windows)

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Ten years have passed since the war ended. Due to many treacherous acts and greedy minds, your side - though superior at the start - eventually lost. Now, a few wealthy and extremely vicious individuals are left to control what remains of the world. Even so, the leaders are in constant struggle amongst themselves, each trying to prove his own superiority. One of these individuals is Aamon. He was on the brink of creating a new type of weapon that would revolutionize the current era and propel him past the others. However, his weapon was stolen and he's been trying to recover it for years. It seems he may just have found it again.

You are Cael, one of the last surviving prisoners from the war. After ten years in captivity, your luck seemed to have finally run out as you were scheduled for execution first thing in the morning. Any hope you had left died a long time ago. But that night something strange happened.

The guards were taken out... the cell was unlocked... and you were pulled out of the prison.

As the scenario certainly beats the alternative, you decide to play along... at least for now.

Retro Act is a top-down shooter driven by the story. The player doesn't always get to navigate the craft, depending upon scenario situation. But when you do, your weapon will be versatile, and you will have to pick your fight properly if you want to survive. With numerical keys you change weapons, while with space bar you fire the currently equipped weapon. Each weapon may be for different type of enemies (plasma cannon can hit only ground and naval targets, lasers can hit aerial units, missiles can hit both ground and air unit, etc.), and you can also hit enemy bullets if you don't find enough time to evade enemy fire.

The game spans across 11 different levels which vary from caves, valleys and oceans, to underwater, open skies and space. All the while telling the story which will slowly provide you with answers that you seek. The game is loaded with plethora of extras, from story and units details to various artwork and making-of content. It also features full playable in-game soundtrack.

The game can be finished within 30 minutes and hence does not feature save mode, but you are free to continue repeating any given level as many times as you want. However, dying will cost you penalty which may result in player losing the shields or weapon reloading time being increased, or weapon power being decreased.

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Retro Act Windows Enemy sky fighters can be taken out by lasers, but AA guns require plasma cannon.
Retro Act Windows The making-of content
Retro Act Windows This mountain is heavily defended by gun and anti-air turrets.
Retro Act Windows Escaping the enemy base... you can only fire for the time being.

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  • Free download site. (Official Game Maker (the engine that runs this game) website with a basic info and a link for download (89MB file).)
MAT (71127) added Retro Act (Windows) on Jun 13, 2010