Game Info: (Box Display)
- System: PS4, PC
- Publisher: THQ Nordic, 3D Realms
- Developer: Interceptor Entertainment
- Release Date: Feb 21, 2018
- Genre: M for Mature
- Genre: Adventure, Action, Platformer
- Players: 1
- Official Website: https://www.radrodgers.com/
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
In Rad Rodgers, play as young Rad who has been transported into a game world alongside his now very much alive game console called Dusty. The two will need to jump, shoot and swing their way through various landscapes in order to escape the game world they’ve been sucked into. Thus, it’s pretty obvious what you as the player will be doing in Rad Rodgers. However, what makes Rad Rodgers stand out from the millions of other 2D platforming titles? Let us begin by describing what Rad and Dusty can do first to better explain.
Rad is armed with a gun that can lock onto enemies and use various types of bullets—like flying fire birds and giant beams—to take down the various foes before him. Rad also has Dusty who can swing his mighty arms to act as a powerful melee. Players will also need to solve various puzzles using Dusty—who can enter rifts in the game to navigate various mazes—and climb their way through dangerous areas. The goal is to find 4 pieces of a door key to open the end door of each area. This is where Rad Rodgers truly shines thanks to mostly brilliant level designs and a slew of challenges trying to survive the enemies and hazards Rad Rodgers throws at you.
Exploration is also one of the excellent elements in Rad Rodgers. There are tons of secrets—like hats and artwork collectibles—to find and even secret areas to find. Rad Rodgers also challenges players as levels aren’t super simple. Players will need to jump over water hazards, spikes traps and a slew of other old-school and semi-modern level traps. Rad Rodgers might kick you down often causing you to lose your hearts and lives—which in turn makes you restart the level from the beginning—but you will want to try again and again till you beat the level. That concept is what makes Rad Rodgers a great 2D title.
What makes Rad Rodgers even more enjoyable is the hilarious—and mature—comments between various NPCs and the duo Rad and Dusty themselves. Dusty will tend to laugh or curse at you if you take damage from enemies and the NPCs tend to love saying some rather awkward comments. Expect some very expletive heavy comments but equally be prepared to be so surprised hearing them when they happen that you’ll laugh in surprise. Rad Rodgers is M rated for a reason and it shows from every comment and action taken by the “heroes” themselves. Even Rad—despite being a kid—says some rather surprising comments but that is a good mirror to how modern kids who play games online tend to act.
Visually, Rad Rodgers is a beauty to behold. Environments are colorful and enemies—the few types there are—are very vibrant and unique. The same can be said of the music within Rad Rodgers. Be prepared to blast your speakers up as the music plays like we did here at Honey’s Anime. Rad Rodgers might be old-school in some ways but the music and visuals are definitely more modern.
Rad Rodgers hits most of the right notes, that much we can say but it equally falls short in some areas. The biggest weakness of Rad Rodgers is the level design sometimes can feel almost unfair. There are times we took damage from simple jumps or enemies you can’t hit without jumping on them and it led to our deaths more time than we’d like to count. Then as much as we liked the enemies in Rad Rodgers, there aren’t that many of them. Expect to see the same types over and over again in the dozen or so levels. This isn’t a huge issue but it is noticeable nonetheless, especially seeing as how Rad Rodgers is pretty short in terms of length.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
- Tough but exciting gameplay
- Mostly solid level designs with tons of secrets to be found
- Hilarious mature dialogue
- All gun types feel useful and control well
- Levels can sometimes be annoying to traverse
- Bosses and enemies aren’t that unique