As time goes by, it gets harder and harder to avoid the dreaded “its already been done” antidote. When looking at Retro/Grade you may at first glance think “oh no, another shooter”, but 24 Caret Games’ promises this is not just another run of the mill schmup. The first thing you will notice is that the whole game is actually running backwards, so instead of shooting at enemies you are “un-shooting” your bullets back into your ship. But your not the only one who has bullets flying backwards through time, so do your enemies, which you will have to avoid.
At the very core Retro/Grade is a rhythm-music game that can either be played with a guitar or a standard controller. As you travel, you will have five lanes to follow, each lane is color coated to match the buttons on your guitar controller, easily switching lanes by tapping the corresponding color. Since you are traveling backwards, if shots get blocked and can’t make it back to their original starting point it creates a paradox which damages the space/time continuum, the very thing your trying to protect.
Reto/Grade is scheduled to be released exclusively on the PlayStation Network August 21 and comes in two different flavors: Bundle pack (game and soundtrack) $19.99 or game only for $9.99–the soundtrack is available by itself as well for $7.99. Now If after reading all this, non of it seems to make any since then you can watch actual gameplay footage after the jump.