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Return to Roots
Genre: Action, Adventure
Platforms: PC
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
Sep 7, 2012 @ 8:52am
Jul 3, 2015 @ 2:45pm
Recent Announcements View All (2)
RtR Greenlit...Oops?
Release date: When it's done. Definitely not December 2012, though!
Return to Roots is a side-scrolling Run N Gun platformer inspired by games of the late 80s and early 90s featuring a lush 64-colour palette, an intense chiptune soundtrack, and a robust campaign editor.

RTR tells the story of a scientist who has dedicated his efforts to challenging the conceptions we have of life and death, breaching moral and ethical boundaries as he seeks atonement for the sins of his past. When things go wrong, an explosion in the lab gives birth to an unnatural force, and may be his only chance to set things right.

Bullet-form Features:
  • Rise to the challenge and take on your foes across 8 distinct environments
  • Battle fearsome bosses
  • Discover secret items and upgrade your abilities to face tougher enemies
  • Defeat enemies and avoid damage to raise your score multiplier and rack up the points for a high score
  • Collect powerups from fallen enemies for temporary power enhancements
  • Easy mode lets you learn and experience the game without demanding too much from you
  • Speedrun Mode - challenge your friends, or even yourself
  • Fully-functional Campaign Editor lets you create and share all-new gameplay experiences up to 15 stages long
  • $3 or Free - The suggested price for the game will be $3, but if you'd rather play it for free, you can do that instead! RTR will always be available for free download from once the game releases

Download the demo here:

Tentative System Requirements (Game demo):
  • Processor: Single-Core: 3GHz. Multi-Core: 1.6GHz
  • Graphics: DirectX9-compatible card
  • Memory (RAM): 128MB
  • Storage: 100MB

Demo Patch v1.01 (Released: 2012/09/17) changelog:
  • Pizzor can now shoot upward in addition to left and right
  • Camera tracks slightly ahead of Pizzor based on the direction faced
  • Players can now pan the camera downward to see what is below
  • Replaced the existing Pizzor death animation
  • Enemies now drop temporary buff items (power up, invincibility, rapid fire) in addition to health and bonus lives
  • Fixed a bug where Luck bonus was not being properly applied to item drop rates
  • Modified enemy death animations to temporarily leave behind debris after exploding
  • Enemies no longer have temporary invulnerability when struck (formerly they had ~100ms invulnerability)
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AndrewJ Jun 12, 2015 @ 1:07am 
Looks better then mighty no9. up vote
DkZ Sep 28, 2014 @ 8:07pm 
indie games are amazings
CharleswOw♛ Aug 28, 2014 @ 3:37am 
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Pappa Bless Aug 27, 2014 @ 1:17am 
Sweet!!!! A 2D platform game - this is new to me ! I havnt been playing these games for all of the 90's and is very interested in paying actual money for something that looks like commander keen................! Wow im mindblown this is something we really need in the gamescene - how innovative !
MoXiTaS Jul 29, 2014 @ 7:02am 
Nice game for remember classic 2-d platform games.
._MAX_. Jul 21, 2014 @ 6:02am 
Mikufag Jun 24, 2014 @ 4:50am 
Elder Gnome Child Jun 21, 2014 @ 11:02am 
H2K Kirito Jun 20, 2014 @ 11:01am 
Lustiges spiel
RNGeoseph Jun 11, 2014 @ 11:09am 
very nice id play a retro game like this just for some shits and giggles nice