Reverse Shmup Retro/Grade Moonwalking Onto PC

Here's the easy version: it's out on March 20th. Steam and stuff. There you go.

Retro/Grade is a shoot-’em-up in reverse. It can also be played with guitar controllers. In short, videogames. The slightly longer version? Appearances can be deceiving, and the PlayStation transplant derives its DNA just as much from guitar heroes as it does star captains and their worlds of tomorrow. It’s an eccentric mix, to be sure, but word on the street is that it comes together quite beautifully. By why trust the street? It knows nothing of outer space or its customs. Also, it’s covered in gum and germs and stuff. After the break, you’ll find a trailer that reveals all.

:sterac eht fo 42 lla morf thgiarts, noitanalpxe na s’ereH

“Retro/Grade is a rhythm game with a unique twist – time is flowing backwards! While it looks like a shoot ’em up in reverse, you must un-fire attacks to the beat of the music while avoiding enemy fire in order to save the space/time continuum. Otherwise, a temporal anomaly will rip the universe a new time-hole.”

.gnorw si tfeht taht rebmemer, devlovni erew selas egarag fi, ylevitanretlA. won evlovni thgim taht noissim gniknuleps tesolc yna rof gnickap trats ylbaborp dluohs uoy os, srellortnoc ratiug htiw elbitapmoc (yllamitpo spahrep dna) yleritne s’ti, sey dnA. ecneuqes tiderc nwo sti ta snigeb yllautca emag ehT. elbidercni fo dnik s’tI.

.won niaga yllamorn skrow niarb ym litnu rorrim a otni erats og annog m’I. ht02 hcraM no draw-maetS dedaeh s’tI.


  1. Hanban says:

    At first I thought it was a Battlefleet Gothic game..

    • 0positivo says:

      Dangit, me too! At a first glance that screenshot looked so BFG

      Oh well. A man can still hope. They’ve done the main WH and 40k, blood bowl, doing space hulk, possibly necromunda.. I mean, sooner or later they will get to the best one

  2. Ragnar says:

    Too backward; didn’t read.

    • Beernut says:

      It says:

      .It’s kind of incredible .The game actually begins at its own credit sequence .And yes ,it’s entirely )and perhaps optimally( compatible with guitar controllers ,so you should probably start pakcing for any closet spelunking mission that might involve now .Alternatively ,if garage sales were involved ,remember that theft is wrong

  3. QualityJeverage says:

    Its original PC version is superior. The console ports really left something to be desired.

  4. Jason Moyer says:

    Guitar hero with bad techno. Pass.

  5. MrUnimport says:

    And here I was hoping that a backwards shmup would task you with piloting a gigantic screen-filling behemoth, trying to time your clumsy-yet-destructive attacks perfectly to box in and destroy a tiny zippy weaker craft before they run you out of healthbar.

  6. Berzee says:

    edit: This comment is double-ninja’ed and ALSO failed to be in the proper location. It is the worst comment ever.

    That’d be Boss Rush! ;)

    (I’ve never played it, I don’t know if it’s good, but I remember reading about it a while ago on

  7. thecaptain says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed playing this at PAX with a guitar controller!

  8. fuggles says:

    Hasn’t this come out like 3 times now?

  9. FergyA says:

    You misspelled gnikcap.

  10. Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

    I preferred the sequel.