I am a huge fan of Arkanoid and while it stills remains the best of breed even now I love checking out the myriad of different takes on the general theme that are still popping up frequently to this day on both modern and retro platforms alike. I think Retroid is a great entry to breath some life into the genre for Nintendo’s aging, but still perfectly capable stalwart hand-held machine.
I think because of the similarity in hardware, Game Boy breakout\Arkanoid games tend to feel like those that appeared on the ZX Spectrum micro computer, with things like the limiting digital controls and functional graphics and that remains true with Retroid – though don’t get me wrong, I was surprised by the level of detail packed into the bricks and backgrounds that isn’t necessarily immediately evident on the first level.
Similar to Arkanoid and its contemporaries, Retroid has power-up pills that drop occasionally from destroyed bricks that grant things like extended bat, extra ball , gun etc anyone who is familiar with the game style knows that keeping the ball in play is paramount even if the temptation to slide off course for that pill is ever present. Interestingly the game gives you an option to play without those perks for those that want to stay closer to original breakout feel.
Retroid seems pretty easy going in the beginning, but later levels that include things like solid walls that surround the bricks means getting that perfect angle progressively more difficult to achieve and you might see your precious reserve lives go dwindling away.
If you want infinite lives to practice the game, try this Genie code: