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Rad Rodgers – Review

by on March 19, 2018
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Release Date

February 2018

Developer

THQ Nordic

 

Rad Rodgers Review

Rad Rodgers channels 90’s-era platforming inspired by classics like Commander Keen, Conker, Ruff’n’Tumble, and Jazz Jackrabbit. After falling asleep during a late-night gaming binge, Rad wakes up inside the world of his TV with Dusty (his console) now sentient and ready to help. Explore First World and save the decaying jungle infected by a fierce corruption spreading across the land.

Gameplay

When it comes to gameplay, like most platform side-scrolling games the controls are pretty easy going. Simple forward, back, jump and shoot controls allow you to take time to enjoy the special effects, one-liners, and focus on finding secret locations and slaying all the bad guys with various types of weapons.

When it comes to the weapons system, Rad holds what appears to be an automatic rifle of some kind. However, with the change of ammo picked up throughout the levels it goes from an automatic machine gun to a flaming death of raging phoenix birds, plasma style weaponry and grenades as well.

Like any good platform game, you can choose to rush through and complete the game or take your time looking for hidden rooms, collectibles, and making sure you kill 100% of all enemies in the level. Rad Rodgers make sure to keep you entertained from start to finish with a great story and enough adult humor and jokes throughout the game.

One option Rad Rodgers offers is the ability to play a more adult version with blood and more foul language, while the other option is a bit more of a tamed version where they replace the red blood with purple splatters to make it a bit more arcade style. Not sure how effective the “kid” mode is though as I sit next to my girlfriend’s daughter and she asks me why their blood is purple?

Throughout the world that Rad is his own action hero in, there is a glitch in the world that Rad must repair. You will see them in the world as almost tears in space. This is where Dusty shines best. The Pixelverse is an area where only Dusty can venture and you must use him to repair these glitches in the world.

Graphics

The graphics themselves are very polished. Cartoon style but with an edge of today’s graphical technology with solid shadowing, special effects, explosions, and a very nice homage to 90’s retro style gaming.

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Story

Rad Rodgers features the main character (Rad) with his Sidekick “Dusty” which is actually his video game console. Dusty becomes the alive sidekick after Rad gets sucked into the alternate universe where he must restore the now decaying jungle and the main elder tree that is the guardian of all the land.

Replay Value

Rad Rodgers has good potential for a solid replay value for most. While gamers like myself that are not super hardcore into 100% completion, it always gives something to go back to with finding secret rooms, and collectible items.

Positives

Fun Gameplay / Story
High Replay Value

Editor Rating
 
Gameplay
A

 
Graphics
A

 
Story
B+

 
Replay Value
B+

Total Score
A-

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Overall Rad Rodgers offers a solid platform game that I think all or most gamers will love to appreciate, especially those still living for that 90's nostalgic feel.

The replay value is pretty solid with the ability to go back and replay levels to find all the secret rooms, bad guys, and collectibles.

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