GRIDD: Retroenhanced is a single player, 3D rail-shooter. Your ship dodges about the screen avoiding objects, rotating lasers and traps and it’s all set to a pumping electronic synthwave soundtrack. We’ve seen it all before, but does GRIDD warrant a deeper inspection on Nintendo Switch? Turn off the living room light, don your BOSE headset and send your toddler for a sleep over. GRIDD demands your full attention, and respect…
GRIDD: Retroenhanced is a neon flash of intense colours, stunning retro visuals, and requires lighting fast reflexes to master. GRIDD hardly holds back on throwing stuff at you. Where as some shooters tentatively drip feed you the action, the devs over at Antab Studio don’t think that’s the way to show off their baby. The opening few minutes are frantic and intense. It has you performing a host of tasks from ducking and slipping through neon lasers, hacking computer systems, taking down a host of strange objects and even trying to dismantle a slithering giant mechanical snake. And all this is done to the aforementioned blistering soundtrack. Does GRIDD tick all the right boxes from the off? I think so.
The control system could not be easier – It’s just a one button fire arcade shooter. Zipping around the screen is a swift action and feels super smooth. The left stick controls your small craft in a clockwise and anti clockwise direction, and these controls are super sensitive. You can hurl your craft from one side of the screen to another in a second. It’s a nimble mover, and it has to be.
Upgrading you craft comes in the form of sailing into advancing pick-ups that zoom past you. You’ll need to be quick and keep a beady eye out for these. They also come in the form of extra shields and energy too. It’s hard to miss them as everything in GRIDD moves pretty quickly, but bagging these upgrades is the key to making your life slighty easier and longer. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a tough shooter and often cruel, but the way GRIDD rolls really makes it a hard one to put down. Playing in handheld mode gazing at the glow in front of you makes this one of the most addictive shooters on the go.
To be fair, GRIDD is tight on extra content (it’s just Arcade Mode and an unlockable Endless Mode your given), but there are online leaderboards, which help keep the motivation going. GRIDD does make use of the Nintendo Switch’s unique features too. Thanks to the accelerometers, you can grab a single Joy-Con and use it as a Power Glove, which requires a little training and adds some extra flair to the game. You can also opt for the Pro Controller, that as far as we’re concerned wins hands down every time.
As this is a trip back in time, subtle quotes from movies like Tron, The Lawnmower Man, Back to the Future and Johnny Mnemonic really make GRIDD feel like it’s been made with love and care straight from the 80’s and 90’s.
GRIDD: Retroenhanced is a super addictive face-full of neon action with a blistering soundtrack. The retro days of arcade gaming are alive and well over on GRIDD. Switch shooter fans, miss this at your peril.
Lizard Rating: 8/10