KAMI RETRO Review
- Challenging mix of puzzle and platform elements; keeps you on your toes thanks to timed 'respawns'.
- New 'physics' tools added regularly to keep things fresh.
- Additional bonus levels for a break from the puzzle gameplay.
- Hit or miss retro theme; more gaudy than 'classic' in its design.
- Relatively short title; easy to finish in a couple sittings.
'Retro' gets thrown around all too easily and while KAMI RETRO features gaudy 'pixelated' visuals its the fun modern gameplay that makes this worth checking out.
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I have to hand it to Gamevil - despite the roaring success of their collection of RPG-based titles, the company is still willing to branch out and try something way outside their comfort zone. KAMI RETRO jumps on the puzzle platform conga line by adding a slight Lemmings twist to the usual formula, however while the gameplay has its charms it's the presentation that will prove to be the make or break decision for most people.
KAMI RETRO keeps things simple with a single-touch control system comprised of a touch and drag system to reposition puzzle elements on the screen and a swipe system to control the actions of the 'pixelated' hero as he runs around the level. The result is a system that feels intuitive, if a bit lacking in responsiveness as later levels can cause a bit of confusion, resulting in swipes that aren't entirely accurate thanks to being angled slightly wrong. Your aim is to ensure that at least one of the four spawning players makes it from the entrance to the exit, however this is complicated by players spawning at set intervals, so you'll need to reach the exit in a timely manner to prevent overlapping.
The challenge of setting all the stage's elements (be it trampolines, springs, cannons, wind-machines and so on) and testing the sequence out can be immensely fun and bonus stages add a different spin on the gameplay, with players trying to collect as many stars as possible in a set period of time. Regrettably, the game is plastered with a faux-'retro' style that tries to invoke the Atari 2600 and its ilk (albeit with a 3D overlay) and the combination of gaudy colors and bleeping audio act as more of a distraction than a warm reminder of a bygone age. Thankfully other unnecessary 'retro' elements such as a limited framerate are bypassed and the gameplay is incredibly smooth once all the pieces of your level are set in place.
KAMI RETRO can be an immensely fun game to finish if you don't mind the visuals, just be aware that its addictive nature is a double-edged sword and you'll find yourself completing the game within a very short space of time.
DescriptionPush Your Mind and Fingers to the Limit. Platform Puzzle Madness in Colorful Retro Graphics!
Combines equal parts platforming and line-drawn strategy into an experience that’s as addictive as it is old-school cool.
- Game of the Week on US App Store.
Platform puzzler that combines elements from Jet Set Willy, Rainbow Island, Mario, and Lemmings.
- Touch Arcade
This masterful, retro-themed gem belongs in every iOS gamer's collection.
- Slide to Play (4/4)
Hooked from the get-go, trying to get a perfect three-star rating for every stage.
KAMI RETRO is a godsend for all hyperactive mobile gamers. You can keep your sudokus and solitaires. We'll take KAMI RETRO.
A clever mix of platforming and puzzle-solving, this colourful game is easily the best from publisher GAMEVIL. Unique design makes Kami Retro entertaining. Colourful, fun, and challenging, it's highly recommended.
- Pocket Gamer
A solid platformer with fresh mechanics and fantastic presentation, and it really shouldn't be missed.
Full color, retro pixelated platfomer with a modern breath and 8-bit sounds all in one package.
Lead the retro men through colorful environments and obstacles into the door of safety in KAMI RETRO, the frantic puzzle platformer from GAMEVIL and Paw Print Games.
Remember those old, but great games like Mario? GAMEVIL does, and they have brought retro games to a whole new level with KAMI RETRO.
If March of the Minis and Legos had a kid, this would be dang close to the result. Cute, fun, and challenging...this game is a blast!
COLORFUL RETRO GRAPHICS WITH DYNAMIC EFFECTS
Dazzling retro style 3D rendered artwork with glittering visuals and awesome sound effects
QUICK MOTION TOUCH SCREEN GAMEPLAY
Flick, push, nudge and swing to save as many troops as possible
PUZZLING LEVELS WITH OBSTACLES AND TRAPS
Think your way out of trouble by placing tools such as springs, springboards, fans and cannons
MULTIPLE WORLDS WITH DOZENS OF STAGES
Collect stars from a total of more than 60 stages to unlock five unreal worlds
★★★ IMPORTANT CONTROL INFO ★★★
If you have trouble controlling the KAMI’s, be sure to swipe through him as gesturing the full screen will not work.
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NEWS & EVENTS
KAMI RETRO, developed by Paw Print Games and published by GAMEVIL Inc.
What's New in Version 2.1- Minor bugs fixed
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