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 (29 reviews) - 27% of the 29 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Mostly Negative (442 reviews) - 30% of the 442 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jan 13, 2015

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“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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lahcenb2
( 24.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Best game ever, it gave me the best smiley : :catpuzzle:
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Dandey
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Well, Retention isn't your regular game. You can call it more like an experience instead of a game. You are to choose one of three pictures for a sets of 85 pictures, each picture with it's own short description. The pictures are ranging from pictures with landscape to peoples, I found the pictures to be inresting. Based on your choice you get a different ending. Not sure if each ending has a different set of pics or the four pics that I found are for the different endings, sadly won't "play it" again.

The soundtracks, at least from my point of view, it's awful. In my playthrought there were 3-4 different songs but all of them somehow didn't fit with you scrolling through the pictures.

If you are interested in this fact the game have cards, but lacks achievements.
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Doeren Ithron
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
Overall strange experience. But not in a bad way. Would recommend if it has something more, than just a claim to be art.
P.S. Photos are nice though.
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Ctrl+F Gerbil
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
Product received for free
Retention is a strange indie title. At the beginning of the game, you're told that "This game is about a person who kept running through his life, never looking back at the past" and that he got into trouble once on a trip and is now lying on the ground underneath his bicycle. You're then shown three images, and you're told to pick the images that will help you find out what happened. Upon choosing an image, you will be shown a cryptic quote at the bottom of the screen.

Pros
+None!

Cons
-Doesn't make sense - I tried to understand what was going on, but the screen at the beginning of the game doesn't explain it very well. I just don't get how choosing one of three pictures of a cat helps you find out how you ended up on the gound under your bike.
-Very boring - All you do is click images and read weird things that don't make sense.
-Endings broken? - When I played this, the endings were actually broken and I could just view them all. They're not even endings, so to speak; they're just some edgy quotes with different backgrounds.
-Awful sountrack - There's only one song in the whole game, and it's terrible.
-Extremely short - This game will take you under 10 minutes to complete. My play time is only as high as it is because I had to open it back up to view the "instructions" screen just so I could make this review. In fact, It's taken me longer to write this than it took to play the game.

Stay far, far away from this god awful game. Don't think of spending a cent on this, you'll be disappointed. Even if you got this game free, I'd reccommend skipping it and playing something else instead.
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$Tevo
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
its not a game
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Daleko
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
Product received for free
Nope. It's very terrible.
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smol fluttering bug
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
Product received for free
Well, I think they were going for an artistic kind of game, but this is not how you make an artistic game.

This is how you put your photography portfolio into a standalone program and call it a game.

And then, it's not even easy to navigate the photos, the UI is rather poor, sluggish, and difficult to use; which is pretty inexcusable in something as simple as this.

My favorite part is how the captions slowly have worse and worse English in them, as though the translator got more and more bored as they went on and slowly lost the will to make good translations.

So, yeah, don't get this, unless you got it for free, in which case there's trading cards so go ahead and run it until you get those!
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arpa ™
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
What is this?
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treasureyou
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 9
Thanks for the trading cards.
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Kapot
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
Product received for free
It's a slideshow where you can click on 85 random pictures.
After you're done you get a landscape picture with some sentence about feelings on it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Product received for free
It's a slideshow where you can click on 85 random pictures.
After you're done you get a landscape picture with some sentence about feelings on it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Well, Retention isn't your regular game. You can call it more like an experience instead of a game. You are to choose one of three pictures for a sets of 85 pictures, each picture with it's own short description. The pictures are ranging from pictures with landscape to peoples, I found the pictures to be inresting. Based on your choice you get a different ending. Not sure if each ending has a different set of pics or the four pics that I found are for the different endings, sadly won't "play it" again.

The soundtracks, at least from my point of view, it's awful. In my playthrought there were 3-4 different songs but all of them somehow didn't fit with you scrolling through the pictures.

If you are interested in this fact the game have cards, but lacks achievements.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
Thanks for the trading cards.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
204 of 212 people (96%) found this review helpful
8 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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520 of 651 people (80%) found this review helpful
67 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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173 of 200 people (87%) found this review helpful
13 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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130 of 149 people (87%) found this review helpful
122 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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83 of 96 people (86%) found this review helpful
9 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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75 of 85 people (88%) found this review helpful
38 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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