Rad (video game)

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Rad
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Developer(s)Double Fine Productions
Publisher(s)Bandai Namco Entertainment
Director(s)Lee Petty
Platform(s)
ReleaseAugust 20, 2019
Genre(s)Roguelike
Mode(s)Single-player

Rad is a roguelike video game developed by Double Fine and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. It was released for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on August 20, 2019.

Gameplay[edit]

Rad is a roguelike video game played from an isometric perspective.[1] In the game, players control a teenager whose goal is to explore a procedurally-generated wasteland for effigies known as respirators, items that may restore the human civilizations after a devastating apocalypse. As the character explores the wasteland, their genes will mutate, granting players additional powers and perks. For each character, players can have unlimited passive bonuses and at most three active mutations.[2] If the player character dies, they will be replaced by a new character.[3]

Development[edit]

Lee Petty, the director for Headlander, served as the game's director. The game was inspired by his teenagehood and his love for 1980s aesthetics.[4] In each run, abilities are gained randomly. According to Petty, this creates different combinations, which enables players to better explore the strengths and weaknesses of each mutation.[5]

The game was officially announced in March 2019 by Bandai Namco Entertainment.[6] The game was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One on August 20, 2019.[7]

Reception[edit]

Rad received generally positive reviews upon release according to review aggregator Metacritic.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Higham, Michael (March 25, 2019). "Double Fine's New Game Rad Goes For A Bizarre Post-Apocalypse". GameSpot. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  2. ^ Khan, Imran (March 20, 2019). "Hands-on with Double Fine's Newest Action Game, Rad". Game Informer. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  3. ^ McCaffery, Ryan (March 20, 2019). "RAD First-Look Preview: A Roguelike for the Rest of Us". IGN. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  4. ^ Sullivan, Lucas (March 20, 2019). "Hands-on with Double Fine's top-down roguelike Rad, a mix of Bastion and Nuclear Throne". GamesRadar. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  5. ^ Hawkins, Josh (March 21, 2019). "Double Fine's Lee Petty on how Rad stands out in the crowd". Shacknews. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  6. ^ Tarason, Dominic (March 20, 2019). "Double Fine announce RAD, a post-apocalyptic hack n' slasher". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  7. ^ Minotti, Mike (May 20, 2019). "Double Fine and Bandai Namco aren't ending the world when Rad launches August 20". VentureBeat. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  8. ^ "Rad for PlayStation 4 reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 15, 2019.