If you are looking for a multiplayer arena shooter with appealing cartoon design and a catchy soundtrack, look no further. This 2D bullet-dodging shootout is a perfect four-player couch game to play with friends. Online play is available too, so you donâ€™t have to worry about pestering your nearest and dearest to play.
Local and online play allows you to pick any map, whereas single-player lets you shoot your way through waves of enemies to unlock a new location. Although single-player mode doesnâ€™t have a story to follow, itâ€™s still a good way to get used to the controls before you try and dominate your friends with your sharpshooting skills.
Speaking of controls, I was immediately put off using a mouse and keyboard. Using a controller feels far more natural. Even so, I was initially confused by the button choices as the right trigger is used to not shoot but to dash, which uses up a bullet. You only have 6 bullets before you must restock using the ammo boxes in the level, incidentally, which take time to refill.
When a bullet gets close a pink slow-mo bubble appears around you, giving a chance to decide how to escape your impending doom. It is a cool concept. Sadly, the excitement wears off quickly.
One level involves using portals, which you can jump or shoot through in hope of hitting one of your beloved friends. I played this with my sister and most of the time we stood there trying to awkwardly aim with the analogue sticks (which is a bit of a pain) to try and shoot the bullets off one another. It does work, and can be satisfying, but itâ€™s all rather short-lived.
The graphics have a fun modern cartoon style, and each level has different design elements such as spikes and walls. Given how little content there is, itâ€™s strange things are not animated more fluidly. Itâ€™s also disappointing that there are no power-ups, upgrades, and no variety in modes. Slow-mo shooting is all it has to offer.
Retimed is best played with friends â€“ if you can get a four-player game going, I can guarantee a good time, no pun intended. The lack of content here is easily the biggest flaw, but I can see myself jumping back in if the developers ever plan an update.