This game is about a person who kept running through his life, never looking back at the past. He rarely slept, and even with 24 hours in a day, it was not enough for him. Once during a trip, he gets into trouble. Now he's lying on the cold ground, buried beneath his bicycle. Slides of various moments fly through his head.
User reviews:
Recent:
Mostly Negative (13 reviews) - 23% of the 13 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Mostly Negative (459 reviews) - 29% of the 459 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 13, 2015

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Reviews

“While Retention doesn't last long it is a worthwhile experience, and you'll need to play through three times to see all the photographs. I found it to be intriguing and engaging during my short time with it.”
Gamerscape

“Retention is the only game I have ever seen try to create an experience consisting only of photos, it does so remarkably well, and creates an interesting game out of it.”
IndieBase

“Retention is a stylish staging of hundreds of photos, turning the collection into a character building exercise somewhere between “Memento” and “Choose Your Own Adventure” titles. Can a man be truly defined by frozen moments of his history? Is identity really just a question of perspective?”
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About This Game

This game is about a person who kept running through his life, never looking back at the past. He rarely slept, and even with 24 hours in a day, it was not enough for him.
Once during a trip, he gets into trouble. Now he's lying on the cold ground, buried beneath his bicycle.
Slides of various moments fly through his head.
Will his memories return? Will he be able to stand up again?
You must help him.

Features:
- Opportunity to tell a man by his memories
- Unique game genre "Game-Photo album"
- User-friendly interface
- 8 different endings (4 good / 4 bad)
- Original soundtrack included
- STEAM Trading Cards support

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
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Mostly Negative (13 reviews)
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Mostly Negative (459 reviews)
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kroma
0.7 hrs
Posted: August 20
Reading all these bad reviews makes me sad. I gave it a chance anyway, because I liked the idea.

This is a very short, but appealing little game which demands empathy and love for photography. It's true - the introduction could be better, so impatient players would know how to deal with it.
In fact this game is about decisions. Which pictures will guide you to your memory? Reading the bad reviews shows that people didn't get that rather obvious point. So don't just click on the photos randomly - THINK before you do it.

If you like getting into someone's mind in a subtile way, you might like Retention. Even if it must be said that the game could have been more explicit in what it really wants.
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Deivis
5.2 hrs
Posted: August 12
Some random photos with random text (some of it is just simple nonsense). Some photos were nice but still cash grab for nothing.
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Romes80
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 6
Product received for free
It is a game you dont wan´t to buy I mean it.
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[RT]Phr0stY_D3mon
1.8 hrs
Posted: August 4
Product received for free
Retention is a game taking trying to take the format of an interactive story book in effect, and through this lead you to a conclusion on what happens to the main character.

Pros:
-Steam Trading Cards

Cons:
-Boring, feels incredibly longwinded and uninspired
-Literally just pictures with some text
-No options regarding resolution and optimization

This could have been something new and inspiring, but comes off as rushed and leaves you feeling cheated. Not worth purchasing

1/10
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Potato
4.1 hrs
Posted: July 22
Product received for free
Congratulation! You just bought a bunch of images. Worthless images. You can't even fap to them.
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GaNoo
3.8 hrs
Posted: July 10
I'm not exactly sure WHAT this is, but I can say this: It is not a game! Not by any means! It's just photographs that you click on with obscure captions. Apparently depending on whic photos you click on depends on which "Ending" you get. However each ending is just a photograph with some text on it. Also, you can just view them all after one playthrough.

I won't lie, the photographs are nice, but tricking gamers into looking at your photograph gallery by telling them it's a game, is just wrong!

Bottom line, if you enjoy artistic photographs, and you are in the mood to pay for them, and NOT play a game despite what the description calls it, then pick up the title. Otherwise, stay clear.
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Sludgemonster Von Crapenstein
0.2 hrs
Posted: July 7
Product received for free
Now I see why these keys are being handed out like sweet sweet candy
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dayvan cowboy
3.8 hrs
Posted: July 6
A great idea but a horrible execution. The photos are nice at least.

Thanks for the trading cards I guess.
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Heidlas
0.1 hrs
Posted: July 4
Twitter simulator
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Klershwagen
24.0 hrs
Posted: June 24
Best game ever, it gave me the best smiley : :catpuzzle:
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
210 of 218 people (96%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 13, 2015
This is one of those rare instances where I wish I had done as the negative reviews had suggested and not bought the game.

Sadly I thought that, because Retention was so cheap, it would be worth the risk of buying it. That did not turn out to be true. Now normally I enjoy games that go out of their way to be different and try something new. While it is safe to say Retention is something different that does not make it good in any way. A big problem with Retention is that it promises a story that never happens. The game description says you're given the 'opportunity to tell a man by his memories', but I found that this just amounts to you picking one picture out of a group of three and then being given a small one sentence summary of the picture (as if you already couldn't tell just by looking at most of them). The ending you recieve after picking one picture out of all 85 groups of 3 doesn't help clarify the story in any way. I've played through it multiple times now and I still can't decipher how or why I unlocked certain endings (and you can unlock multiple ones at once) and not others.

Confusion is honestly another reason why Retention is not a good game. Again this is a game which in the description promises a 'user-friendly interface'. I did not find that to be the case. Right from the start the only helpful information given to you is how to move between slides and that you have to pick one picture out of a group of three. The problem is that the game starts you at the very moment when the man presumably got into his biking accident. You must then go back through all 85 of his memories (the pictures you'll get tired of looking at because they never change). There are many problems with this. First is the fact that it's very hard to tell what picture group you're on. It took me way too long to figure out that the only thing indicating what group you're on is a thin strip of white that appears below the square of film you're on. Second is that if you somehow miss a picture group you're kind of screwed. The only thing that separates picture groups you've selected a picture from, from ones you haven't is a tiny (very easy to miss) + sign. Those two things coupled with being forced to flip through all the pictures you've already selected and seen to see if you've done enough to achieve an ending and in the end being denied one because you missed one group (out of 85) is downright frustrating.

In the end the only good thing I can say about Retention is that it has some pretty pictures and okay music. There is also the fact it has cards, but even those can't make up for the fact that Retention is bad game.
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525 of 659 people (80%) found this review helpful
69 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 13, 2015
As taken from Webster's Revised Dictionary, January 2015 edition:

Pre`ten´tious (adjective)
1. Having or showing the unpleasant quality of wanting to be regarded as more impressive, successful, or important than someone/thing really is
2. Having a feeling of superiority that shows itself in an overbearing attitude
3. A thankfully inexpensive (yet still arguably overpriced) video game which cobbles together a bunch of photographs taken by a fifteen year-old girl with a Facebook account and attempts to pass them off as something resembling a "narrative" or "story", eg. Retention, released 13 Jan 2015 on the Steam format for the recommended retail price of $0.99 USD
4. Some ♥♥♥♥♥♥ with the cowardly "alias" of rjmacready who fancies himself a "critic" on said Steam format, leading him to purchase said game within minutes of its release because: a. it is on "sale" for $0.84 USD, b. it's a rare opportunity to be the very first review to appear on said Steam format for said game, and c. it has Steam trading cards, so even if the game is a total bust, it will have effectively cost even less than $0.84 USD and who knows, if there's a "foil" card in there somewhere he might even make a small financial profit

Verdict: 3/10 (0.5 for the pretty pictures, 0.5 for the nearly-but-not-quite groovy music, 1 for the trading cards, and last but not least, 1 for at least not being as ♥♥♥♥♥♥ and mind-numbingly condescending as The Way Of Life, even if that game at least had the common courtesy to make itself mercifully FREE of charge).
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177 of 205 people (86%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 13, 2015
This is not even a game, you just click through a bunch of pictures and thats it.
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132 of 153 people (86%) found this review helpful
125 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 15, 2015
The dev forgot to put a "P" before the title. Not surprising considering the quality of his english.
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84 of 97 people (87%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 13, 2015
87 cents wasted. I would give it away just to remove it from my collection if I knew how. I keep looking for the next "Dear Esther" but am about to give up the search. Retention just a bunch of pictures with stuff written to make them seem profound. This is the type of _retention_ that one goes to a doctor for when their bowels are impacted. Also no full screen.
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77 of 87 people (89%) found this review helpful
39 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 21, 2015
I thought this was a horror game

-Watching 240 pictures, Not a favored passtime
-Wasted 15 minutes of my life
-Wasted 0.99 cents on Google images
-"buried beneath his bicycle.", How does one bury themselves beneath a bicycle

+Good for going afk for 9 hours and getting 4 trading cards

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78 of 93 people (84%) found this review helpful
75 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 14, 2015
Beautifully frames the essence of both Microsoft PowerPoint and the nihilistic existance of office workers everywhere and combines this with the self hatred and loathing by an uninspired emo Instagram worshipping teenager.

10/10 Would recommend

Cons:
No achievements

Pros:
Minutes of playtime filled with dreariness
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51 of 56 people (91%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 24, 2015
Wow!Just wow.
After reading some negative comments,I purchased the game,thinking that all the negativity is too harsh for such an interesting idea.I really wanted to like the game and put a positive vote.
After playing the game and finishing it in less than 10 minutes with random clicking on meaningless photos,which had no connection,I feel that I have lost some part of my mind.

It would be interesting if it was some kind of psychological test,but the real test here is to see if you have the mentality and strength to finish the game.I haven't,so after a while I started clicking on photos without thinking and i got the lost your memory result,although it felt like lost your mind result.

The only reasons to purchase is the low price,the trading cards and to give support to new,different ideas.
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60 of 73 people (82%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 13, 2015
First off, DONT GET IT, i thought that for the price it cant be that bad, but that was not the case, it was not enjoyable what so ever, all you do is click a bunch of pictures to recover his memory. ITS NOT WORTH IT, trust me if you do buy it you will soon realize you wasted your money. the only thing good about this "game" is that there are a few fappable pictures but nothing worth the price though. Go ahead buy it but youll soon find yourself writing a bad review. i cannot stress this enough very few people if any will enjoy this so one last time, SAVE YOUR MONEY PLZ theres no story exept a guy is buried under his bike and has picture memories.


0.5/8 NOT WORTH IT-IGN
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65 of 82 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 13, 2015
This is terrible, and no one should pay money for it. This isn't a game, it isn't art, this is a slideshow with bad music.
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