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  • Summary: RAD – a 3D action rogue-like set in a post-post-apocalyptic world, where humanity has faced armageddon not once, but twice.

    Playing as a teenage protagonist, you must venture into the Fallow — an ever-changing, radioactive wasteland filled with unknown and unspeakable creatures. It is
    RAD – a 3D action rogue-like set in a post-post-apocalyptic world, where humanity has faced armageddon not once, but twice.

    Playing as a teenage protagonist, you must venture into the Fallow — an ever-changing, radioactive wasteland filled with unknown and unspeakable creatures. It is here that you will find the solution to heal the world, and transform the cracked, barren landscape into a lush source of new life.

    But humanity’s future comes at great personal cost, as the deeper you journey into unknown lands, the more you will expose yourself to gnarly toxins which will wreak havoc on your fragile human form.

    The fate of the world depends on you, your trusty bat, and whatever strange new abilities you gain as the world around you ravages your body — twisting and mutating you into something far less than human, but far more powerful.

    But forget all that — go grab that sweet bat and help save the world…or what’s remaining of it anyway.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Sep 9, 2019
    85
    RAD is a nice throwback to the eighties alongside being a decent roguelite. It won't be a roguelike you put over a hundred hours into, but it will give you enough value for its $19.99 price point. Double Fine hit the mark on making RAD stand out, despite having shortcomings around combat and performance issues when too much is going on.
  2. Sep 3, 2019
    80
    An enjoyable retro-style rogue-lite; in RAD you should expect brutal gameplay in a gaudy and synthesised world. The random nature of the world sometimes proves to be a problem, but not enough to diminish what is a fantastically loud take on the genre. If only for letting players smack about mutants with their engorged limbs and a baseball bat, RAD lives up to its name. Just try to stop playing it, you’ll struggle.
  3. Sep 25, 2019
    80
    RAD is an excellent roguelike, that oozes the signature Double Fine charm from its terrifyingly mutated pores. Beautiful art direction from Lee Petty’s team and solid replay value from the extensive combination of powers each run make it extremely worthwhile.
  4. 70
    You’ll want to check out Rad for its unique concept, addicting gameplay and beautiful style, you just may want to consider it on a different console. The Switch version has too many aesthetical issues for me to feel confident that it represents its true potential. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t — it still plays great and personally, I’m going to keep perfecting my runs to, maybe eventually, become rad.
  5. 70
    As you progress, you’ll earn new mutations and abilities, some of which are hilariously weird (like suddenly have a spitting cobra head with a really long neck). The downside is the unforgiving permadeath rogue-like nature of the game. Progress can become frustrating when you suddenly die and lose all your mutations and have to start again. If you can take the difficulty, though, there’s a lot of great personality and fun to be had.
  6. Aug 27, 2019
    60
    RAD doesn’t do anything particularly new for the roguelike genre, but it doesn’t necessarily need to in order to be an enjoyable game in its own right. The over-the-top '80s neon aesthetic is consistently charming, the level-to-level gameplay is both rewarding and nail-bitingly intense, and there’s a good amount of ‘meta’ progress to be made beyond the limits of a single run. On the other hand, the RNG can be brutal in how it distributes power-ups between runs, and overall performance on the Switch (especially in handheld) leaves something to be desired. Even given these shortcomings, though, we’d give RAD a cautious recommendation. If you find yourself drawn to the likes of Dead Cells, Risk of Rain, Ironcast, or any other release in the massively popular roguelike genre, RAD could be right up your alley – assuming you can look past its annoying problems.
  7. Sep 3, 2019
    42
    As it stands, RAD will likely please roguelike aficionados who will forgive ill-conceived gameplay ideas because of the challenge it adds to the experience. But I couldn’t help but see the wasted potential from beginning to end. The various mutations could present clever ideas for unique builds and a multitude of ways to solve problems in a planned, not random, world. This course would have also allowed for more balanced combat and a greater focus on narrative. But… NOPE! Roguelikes are popular now and so is nostalgia for the 80s so let’s just squish those things together and call it a day! Thus, RAD was born.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Aug 26, 2019
    10
    Don't listen to the bad reviews for Switch! The game is very fun, completely unique, and it is perfect for on the go! I really enjoy playingDon't listen to the bad reviews for Switch! The game is very fun, completely unique, and it is perfect for on the go! I really enjoy playing it and seeing what different mutation my character will get next. It may not look as good graphically as the other consoles, but the portability factor made me buy it on Switch. Turn off the CRT in display option and it looks better. It is definately worth checking out for $20. I'm not a big rogue like person, but I can't stop playing it! Expand
  2. Aug 20, 2019
    9
    DISGUSTING... IS... BEAUTIFUL? I would love to say it's an 8.5, but that's not an option and it's NOT AN 8. As far as rougelikes go, this isDISGUSTING... IS... BEAUTIFUL? I would love to say it's an 8.5, but that's not an option and it's NOT AN 8. As far as rougelikes go, this is absolutely different & so GORGEOUS. This game reminds me of what a game of the movie FREAKED (1993) meets Stanger Things would be. I'm sorry guys, I wish I could say this is one to save money on, BUT THIS ISN'T ONE TO SKIP, this is one to play and tell your friends about! That's because somehow this gem has managed to stay under the radar. Get your freak on, Get'cha, get'cha, get'cha freak on! Expand
  3. Sep 21, 2019
    8
    Without a doubt, this game is RAD...and, like, actually rad. While some people have complained that the graphics are a bit blurry, they'reWithout a doubt, this game is RAD...and, like, actually rad. While some people have complained that the graphics are a bit blurry, they're honestly not that bad especially when one considers the hardware it's running one. The slight fuzziness isn't at all amiss in this 80's-esque bizarro apocalypse. The gameplay is engrossing once you get the rhythm down. There is quite a lot of fun to be had here and at fair price no less! Expand
  4. Sep 23, 2019
    8
    One of the more intriguing rogue-likes I’ve played recently. Good amount of challenge and a wide variety of playstyles once you’ve becomeOne of the more intriguing rogue-likes I’ve played recently. Good amount of challenge and a wide variety of playstyles once you’ve become comfortable with the early mutations. RNG is a factor but not prominent for a successful run. Story is pretty standard and nothing to write home about but sets the tone for the game ahead and who doesn’t like the 80s. Some kids playing this game will have no idea what a floppy disk is haha. Enemies are fair and I’ve found once you have learned attack tells and patterns, it gets easier. Still proves tricky in large groups of mobs though. Bosses I’ve encountered so far are basically just large version of enemies with one or two attack patterns with large AOE attacks. Enemy design is ok, pretty much what you’d expect from a post-post-apocalyptic setting. Each run does feel different from the last
    I’ve read complaints of graphics being bad compared to other console editions. To be honest the graphics haven’t put a dent in the gameplay for me and it still looks pretty. There are however a few minor frame-rate drops when things get hectic on screen but this doesn’t happen often – Usually drops when you activate respirators.
    I’ve currently played about 20 hrs and have only made it to level 6. Overall a good solid game and I want to see it through. 8/10
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  5. Sep 28, 2019
    7
    Its difficult, It should have a difficulty setting or something! If you lose you have to start from begging and it's no fair!!
  6. Aug 20, 2019
    5
    Game is pretty fun, but graphic downgrade turns it to the blurry mess, at least in handheld mode. Looks like Mutant Year Zero got a company.
  7. Aug 21, 2019
    5
    The game so far on the switch is a mess to play with, I thought that with drops of framerates were going to be fine... But I wasn't expectingThe game so far on the switch is a mess to play with, I thought that with drops of framerates were going to be fine... But I wasn't expecting the game straight up crash on me, until I see major improvements on a switch that could handle my character running towards danger (you know, the whole gameplay.) I'm giving this 5 out of 100 and I would go lower, but I wouldn't want to take a massive do on this game for running on lower hardware.

    People shouldn't sell games that couldn't handle the second level, (you heard me right SECOND LEVEL) I recommend not buying it yet until a favourite reviewer of yours decides to review it and he can explain it themselves much easier than I can.

    The graphics were terrible, and I mean terrible. The game at times will just straight up pixelate the game so much you can't even see the sprites except a mesh of them.

    Music was good, nothing to write about.

    The gameplay is actually my favourite part and honestly the only reason I haven't given it a lower number, the game will change it up to whatever mutation you'll have. For example, I had a serpents head for my character that was a really good for hit and run tactic that works really well. And the there was a fireball, and lob it at your enemies and so much more.
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