Welcome to Retroid, a non-commercial game for the Nintendo Game Boy! Get your free download below and play Retroid – either on an emulator or on the actual Game Boy hardware.

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The download comprises the Retroid ROM file as well as a fictitious cover art. Please note that Retroid is not an officially licensed game and read the Legal Disclaimer for more detailed legal information.

What is Retroid?

Hi! My name is Jonas Fischbach and I am the author of Retroid.

Retroid is a Game Boy game based on the classic arcade game that was originally published as “Breakout” by Atari and later brought to perfection as “Arkanoid” by the Japanese software firm Taito. The player controls a paddle at the bottom of the screen that reflects a ball to destroy bricks at the top of the screen. That simple but addictive game principle has probably been copied more often than “Space Invaders”, “Pac-Man” or “Tetris”. For the Game Boy, there are at least two versions, a simplistic knock-off called “Alleyway” and a much more sophisticated interpretation titled “Kirby’s Block Ball”. “So, why then create another clone for an obsolete game console?”, you might ask.

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Well, Retroid is not intended to be anything new. As the title indicates, it is really very retro in every sense. You will recognize all the ideas from other games and the soundtrack is based on popular tunes. The challenge in creating Retroid was not a creative but a technical one: Trying to find out whether a Game Boy game that meets the standards of commercially released titles from the late 1980s or early 1990s could be developed by a single person – a person, I might emphasize, who has nothing to do with computers professionally and knew nothing at all about “C” in the beginning (except that it is the third letter in the Latin alphabet).

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The ideas in Retroid may all be “borrowed” – but none of the code is. Technically speaking, you are playing a new game that was developed from scratch, using only a few very basic development tools. You will find many “Game Boy-themed” games on the internet and some of these are quite impressive. But most of them actually are PC games that only look like Game Boy games. Unlike these, Retroid works on the real hardware.

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Moreover, unlike many homebrew games, Retroid has all the features you would expect of a commercial Game Boy game. Retroid features:

  • 20 Levels
  • 5 Level Designs
  • 6 Bonus Items (plus 1 Malus Item)
  • 8 Beautiful Chiptunes
  • Epic Boss Battle
  • Secret Cheat Code
  • Ending Sequence / Staff Roll

How to Play Retroid

To play Retroid, there are two options: Either you play on a real Game Boy or you use an emulator and play on your PC.

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The easier solution is playing Retroid via emulator on your PC. The ROM file you can download above will work with any accurate Game Boy emulator. However, I strongly suggest to use “BGB” (free download here). “BGB” is not only one of the most accurate emulators out there but also the one that was used for debugging during the creation of Retroid. Also, make sure you have a gamepad connected to your PC. Acceptable gamepads are inexpensive and you will get a lot more fun out of emulated console games if you use one.

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Since even the best emulator will never feel 100 % like the original, the puristic solution is to play Retroid on the original hardware. To do so, you will need a Game Boy and a flash cartridge. The game was created for the classic “DMG” Game Boy but also runs on the Game Boy Color (not using any of the additional features of the latter). It was tested on the “Everdrive GB” and the “GB USB 64M Smart Card” but should also work with any other Game Boy compatible flash cartridge.

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