|Release||Canada, Finland and Poland
May 6, 2014
October 22, 2014
Retry is a free-to-play retro-styled side-scrolling video game developed by Rovio LVL11 and published by Rovio Entertainment. Inspired by Flappy Bird, Retry has similar controls. The game was soft launched in Finland, Canada, and Poland in May 2014. The worldwide iOS and Android release was on October 22, 2014.
The goal of the game is to send an airplane from one hangar to another hangar in different places. There are many obstacles between the two points, including air and moving landscapes.
The game has in-app purchases, and users can pay to make the game ad-free.
The goal of the game is to bring the airplane from one hangar into another hangar without crashing into obstacles (even the ground). In order to move the plane, the players must simply tap the screen. The plane will then move forwards and upwards. Releasing the finger from the screen makes the plane move down. (Similar gameplay has appeared before in old Finnish games, such as Triplane Turmoil (1996) by Dodekaedron Software and even more similarly in Super Sukkula (1994) by Lasse Makkonen.)
In every level, there is at least one "retry point", that when landed upon changes the plane's spawn point into that of the retry point for one coin. The game, unlike Flappy Bird, can also let players loop the plane, and even fly backwards. There are also new gameplay elements such as liquid physics, moving obstacles, stars, and currency (for unlocking levels early and acquiring retry points), which can be earned via achievements or playing levels and purchased for real money.
In certain levels, there are elements that can increase the difficulty. The wind can slow down the plane, Water can drown the plane (but not crash), and moving terrain. There are also locked blocks in some levels that locks a certain path of a level, that can only opened by unlocking the next level pack.
Like all Rovio games, Retry has a 3-star format. The first star is earned by finishing the level, the second star is earned by not crashing a certain amount of times, and the third star by not flying more than a certain distance. Stars, not only shows the mastery of each level but is also used to unlock additional level packs.
Patrick O'Rourke of canada.com described the game as taking "one of the few things that was great about Flappy Bird", namely the satisfaction of repeatedly retrying the same simple task, and building a full game around the idea. He saw its visuals as paying homage to the Nintendo Entertainment System without "completely ripping them off" as Flappy Bird had done, and summarised the game as a "decent pick-up-and-play iOS title".
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- Rovio tries again with RETRY, its first game under experimental publishing arm LVL11
- Rourke, Patrick (May 13, 2014). "Review: RETRY takes the concept behind Flappy Bird and makes it infinitely better".