Retro Rugby iOS game

Developed by Twentysix Digital, Retro Rugby is a new game for iPhone in 8-bit style with blocky-characters and nostalgic midi tunes.

Retro Rugby is a simple game of ‘get a try’. The gameplay mechanic is straightforward, just swipe a path for your player to reach the try-line. It’s not that easy though, as you are quickly introduced to obstacles and defending players who get in the way. Your path to the try-line starts out as a straight line but quickly become a series of more complex manoeuvres.

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The player is offered a tutorial when you first start up Retro Rugby which is a nice and quick introduction to the game. The┬ácontrols are minimalist (just touch and swipe), so it’s easy to jump straight in to play.

There are no ‘levels’, just a single game with increasingly difficult set-pieces to tackle, with a time-limit indicated by the red bar at the bottom of the screen. The difficulty I found during play was that the controls seemed somewhat insensitive and it felt near-impossible to dodge the defenders, making it very hard to advance through the game.

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In addition to the gameplay itself, Retro Rugby offers up the ability to change the colours of the attacking team’s strip and has a lot of in-game statistics on games played, longest game, time played etc as well as the ability to share your stats via facebook.

A straightforward but challenging game, Retro Rugby is available now for download on the App Store (free).

Retro Rugby requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


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