Play a classic Shoot 'Em Up... in reverse!
User reviews: Very Positive (173 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 20, 2013
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"Showed at PAX East 2012 - Clever rhythm game that begins at its end credits and works backwards from there."

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“Developer 24 Caret Games has created a frame tale for a rhythm game, and it's clever and creative. Despite all the insanity around the concept – and aside from all the weird "challenge mode" variants, unlockable ships, cute level descriptions, and all the other quirk – Retro/Grade is a well-designed music game with a completely original soundtrack.”
4/5 – Joystiq

“The game has the feel of something that was much-loved and fussed over. There is no aspect of the game that isn’t fun to look it or read, and that level of dedication goes a long way to helping the game stand out in a crowded marketplace.”
Penny Arcade

“Until now, Amplitude has been without a doubt my favorite music game, ever. Retro/Grade scratches that very same itch, but its unique marriage of high-concept premise and classic rhythm gameplay make it an all-around more satisfying experience”
10/10 – Thunderbolt Games

About This Game

Play a classic Shoot 'Em Up... in reverse! Navigate deadly enemy waves and un-fire attacks in Retro/Grade, a mind-bending rhythm game by 24 Caret Games. Pick up a gamepad or a guitar controller and help Rick Rocket restore the continuity of space-time, before a temporal anomaly rips the universe a new time-hole!

Key Features


  • Play with a gamepad, keyboard, or a guitar controller, and control the flow of time with the Retro/Rocket to undo your mistakes.
  • 10 dazzling worlds with unique enemies, epic boss fights, and amazing effects.
  • A campaign with 6 difficulties, 130 different challenges, over 50 minutes of original music, and dozens of unlockable ships and rewards.

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows XP SP2, Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8
    • Processor:2.0+ GHz or better (dual core recommended)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:NVIDIA 8000 series
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:300 MB HD space
    • Sound:Windows compatible
Helpful customer reviews
15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
don't play if you have eplipepsi
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
I heard about this game during Summer Sale 2014 and I am so happy that I did. It has a great, original concept and the soundtrack is wonderful.

EDIT: The game seemed very difficult at first due to its unorthodox gameplay, but I grasped the controls quickly and the first three difficulty levels (there are six in total) were a breeze. I now have to beat the last two, and now I wish I had a guitar controller :)

The challenge mode is also very satisfying. Their difficulites vary greatly as well. There are only 10 tracks in the whole game, but the challenge mode does manage to spice up the game. The challenges are not necessarily "more difficult" than their corresponding campaign levels - sometimes they are easier, sometimes they make you wonder "...is that even possible??".

Also, if you have FPS problems you can just try listening to the music and keep the beats without concentrating too much on the screen instead of meddling with your settings.

Oh, and completing all of the Steam Achievements is very, very difficult (practically impossible for me, but I don't know about you, dear possibly-obsessive-shooter-loving-review-reading-person. There's still hope for you.)
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
The one game I would love to buy the soundtrack from, but it gives it to you for free :(
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
An ingenius concept with mesmerising visuals and music. A real chill out game on the easier settings, but has plenty of difficulties to crank it up to a real challenge.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
A very good rhythm game for PC, of which there are very few.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
An interesting rhythm game where you go backwards and have to undo various actions. While the main story is short, there is a really long challenges mode where you have to play the levels with fixed difficulty and certain conditions.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
I played retro/grade for a few days a few months ago but now since I haven't played it in that while I'm unable to play it anymore, which is why i'm writing this review. It's a good really fun rhythm game, with an amazing soundtrack. I don't think there was a song I disliked. The object of the game is to undue your projectiles, so that you can save time or something, It's really fun, not too difficult. There are 6 difficulty settings ranging from beginner to X-treme. The campaign on normal took me 2 hours, but the other 10 hours came from the challenge mode, which were boring at first because they were easy. But then the difficulty gets so high, 5 levels away from the goal you have to perfectly do X-treme tracks, which requires a lot of repetitive practice, and if you are playing the game daily you will get that. At first if you start up the game and look at the extreme level of tracks you'll be amazed at the difficulty level, but through challenge mode you'll be impressed at your ability to eventually be able to do what you thought was impossible, so very rewarding I say. For 10$ it's a great game just for the music alone, but the gameplay is also great. If you do not like rhythm games though it's not for you. I recommend this game easily.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
The story and aesthetics of a side-scrolling shooter crossed with the gameplay and soundtrack of the best rhythm games, Retro/Grade is an excellent trip.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
This game is pretty fun if you like the genre. I almost gave up halfway through the campaign and never tried it again, but I found the challenges game mode to be a lot more fun. The challenges are set up like a super mario game board where beating a level lets you open paths to new levels. There is also music and artwork that can be unlocked through the challenge game board. I'd suggest treating the campaign as a tutorial to learn the game mechanics and then play challenges as the real game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
A wonderful blend of shmup and rhythm game. The rhythm element is definitely the stronger but the unique reverse shmup set-up gives this genre a new lease of life. You 'unplay' a level at a time - using rhythm cues to unshoot enemy vessels and unmiss enemy fire.

With a large number of different difficulty levels one might fear a speed up mechanic but so far I have not encountered this - each diffficulty level having been tailor made. This attention to detail really is superb. A combination of these increasing difficulties and the challenge mode (which varies from messing with a track's speed to having the entire level mirrored) really add replayability to the game. Creating that one-more-turn addictiveness has been pulled of well like as in many worthwhile shorter games.

A great example of easy to pick up hard to master.

I sadly haven't yet played on this with a guitar controller but with such a positive experience with this game so far it may not be too long before I get a wireless dongle to use one of those many plastic instruments I have hanging around!

TB's WTF video is well worth a watch if you want some more info and some gameplay.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
69p during sale , 30 mins of gameplay and im already happy with it , nice visuals and chilling gameplay 10/10 ,
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Instead of shooting ships, time is running reverse in this beat based side scrolling shooter and you need to catch your old shots while dodging the shots from your enemies, coming from behind. It is a nifty new concept in an old genre.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Retro/Grade is a pretty fun rhythm game that's kind of like Guitar Hero in that there are a number of "tracks" you have to monitor, hitting the beat in time to the music. The twist here is that you are playing the game from the end to the beginning because space-time is unravelling, and you have to repeat all the moves that got you to the end to preserve the continuum.

So, yeah, it looks like a space shooter, and it's gorgeous, but it's actually a rhythm game. You have several tracks on the screen you can move your ship to, dodging enemy fire and hitting your own "fire" button with the game prompts you to. Like I said, the idea is to go through the game backwards, copying everything the character had supposedly done before the game started.

The game, like I said, is beautiful, and the music is pretty awesome as well. I did find the game pretty short, however; there are only 10 stages, and after you beat them you can knock around on the "challenge" map, but it's all the same levels with different "challenges" imposed. Some of them are interesting (playing the level again with "disco lighting" is pretty cool), but otherwise it's kind of short. Overall, though, it's pretty fun while it lasts, with an interesting gameplay mechanic that's worth at least trying out.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
If you enjoy rhythm games like Guitar Hero, Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan or Beat Hazard, you should definately try this overlooked little gem. The game's formula is simple: you fly back in time in your tiny rocket, dodging enemy bullets and un-firing yours. However, it is extremely polished. Original electronic sound, flasy neon graphics and intense gameplay meld tougether into an almost synesthetic experience of audiovisual rhythmic meditation. The only thing this game lacks is content: it has just 10 levels (plus a bunch of challenges) and doesn't support custom ones. Which is a shame, since this gameplay would be great for any of your favorite chiptune tracks. Retro/Grade would greatly benefit from a workshop if it ever happens. Still, these are 10 levels of pure joy.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
A pretty nice sidescrolling shooting rhythm game, where you travel in reverse, recollect your shots and avoid enemies projectile coming from back. You also got Retro powerup to reverse your action. Although it relies on muscle memory, it's still quite fun to play. There are only 10 stages with 6 different difficulty for your own pace. And the challenge mode add replay value.

However, the music kinda not good enough for me. Flashy graphic make it hard to master the game on harder difficulty. Still, I would recommend this game for those rhythm game fans for its uniqueness.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
!dar si emag sihT
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Awesome concept, flashy graphics and a sweet soundtrack. Having a lot of fun playing this new take on an old genre.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
This is a rhythm game with a creative central conceit and a good amount of mechanical depth for the genre. The controls are tight, but the visuals sometimes get noisy, making the shots you're meant to avoid/collect difficult to distinguish. Be sure to give the soundtrack a listen before buying--I found out it's not quite my cup of tea, and in a rhythm game, that can make or break the experience. Recommended with reservations.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
Very underrated music game with pretty beautiful graphics and (atleast to me) very unique gameplay.
Reminds me of Audiosurf. But it has no own music selection. And is limited to its own (what I call) Modernized Retro-Sound songs. For this offer it's totally worth the money. If you like Retro music, flashy graphics and funny game mechanics.. do not miss this game!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
This game is an awesome rhythm based shooter! Only it isn't a shooter it's a reverse shooter! Yeah wrap your head around that one. The campaign is only about an hour long so if you aren't into getting the highest score and replaying missions then this might not be for you. There is a challenge mode that has a whole lot of missions which put twists on the campaign levels adding new objectives along with rewards like art, music, and new ships. The art style is also very vibrant and I'm pretty sure they invented a few colors. If anything this game is worth getting on sale for at least one go through for the campaign so you can experience this wonderful take on rhythm shooters.
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