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Initially announced back in March during Nintendo’s Nindies Spring Showcase, Rad is the newest game from the Psychonauts developers. A 3D action roguelite set in a post-apocalyptic world in love with 80s aesthetics, the game is a collaborative effort with Jump Force publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment. In case you missed it, check out the reveal trailer below.
Rad puts you in the mutated shoes of a teenager combing through a wasteland overwrought by radiation and monstrous enemies. Throughout the game, you’ll encounter mutations that work as randomized power-ups to diversify and add nuance to your moveset. Mutations seem to run the gamut, ranging from a cobra head, which grants greater attack distance, to bat wings and more.
We had the opportunity to check out Rad in a hands-on preview during GDC 2019. In the preview, Michael Higham expressed cautious optimism, saying, “It’s refreshing to hear where Rad draws inspiration and see it in action. And it channels that quirky Double Fine personality in a genre and theme that can seem worn which certainly helps Rad stand out.”