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Rad Rodgers

Posted by GG Goblin On March - 15 - 2018

Spend some time with a foul-mouthed videogame console.

Most people who love videogames will have at one point or another (or with alarming regularity) found themselves fully immersed in a videogame. Whether it be an extended mission in enemy territory, taking on a marathon road race through beautiful environments, or simply exploring a vast open world, there will have been times where nothing else matters and going to bed will be the farthest thing from a player’s mind. While side-scrolling platformers may not be the obvious genre for instilling such a loss of time and space, Slipgate Studios’ Rad Rodgers actually uses that immersion as its theme, with the player’s character being a young boy that gets sucked into a videogame world.


Twelve year old Rad Rodgers is your typical videogame loving kid. After a particularly heavy telling off from his Mum, Rad is just trying to get some sleep when strange things begin to happen and Rad finds himself transported into a videogame. Things get more confusing as Rad is accompanied by his games console, which happens to have come to life and is now known as Dusty. There is a story that flows through the game, but it really isn’t up to much, not that this is a problem as the greatest platformers mostly manage to be great with barely a wisp of a story between them.

What is a bit of an issue is the humour. Dusty, the games console, has a particularly foul mouth, something which is shared by many of the inhabitants of the game world. I have no problem with a bit of bad language and some adult humour, but in Rad Rodgers it not only feels out of place, most of it is not even funny. The humour is crude and often repeated, which is not clever in any way. There is some fun fourth wall breaking gags, which I always find fun, but it is just not enough to raise the level of the humour to something more widely acceptable.

Fortunately, the gameplay fares far better. Taking obvious cues from the side-scrolling platformers of old, Rad Rodgers is fairly easy to understand. Rad Rodgers will make his way through the various different worlds, avoiding environmental hazards and enemies pretty much by running, jumping and shooting things. When it comes to Rad’s gun, unlimited ammo means that there is always a good reason to shoot first and think later, although different types of ammo can be found in the worlds to provide different effects, for a short time anyway. It’s good, old-fashioned fun that brings a strong sense of nostalgia.


Rad Rodgers is no hardcore platformer, with most of the game being reasonably easy to work through. There is a rather harsh difficulty spike as the player approaches the end of the game, which can come as a shock. It would have been more ideal for the game to gradually increase in difficulty rather than just suddenly jump, but it doesn’t spoil the game.

Giving the player a break from the platforming action, occasionally they will have to control Dusty as he enters the Pixel-verse and deals with a simple maze or puzzle. This is explained away as Dusty having to fix something in a level, such as a missing platform, due to the failings of lazy developers. These little diversions are simply that, a quick break before getting back to the job of shooting stuff and jumping a lot.

Aside from the shooting and jumping, which is good fun, the player will be trying to track down four puzzle pieces  that will open the door and allow them to progress. Most of these pieces will be found simply by continually working forward, but there will be the occasional piece that is more difficult to find, encouraging the player to explore the world more carefully. There are also plenty of collectibles to be found in each world, and different types of ammo for Rad to use, giving the player a great reason to explore fully, or even coming back later for a further look. This replayability is quite handy as the full game is relatively short.

While the gameplay may be firmly set way back in the past, the visuals are where the game comes bang up to date. Rad Rodgers is great looking, not looking out of place on the modern consoles. The environments are all interesting to look at, and Rad is well detailed. The lighting also manages to build on the atmosphere in the game. The sound work is also pretty good, even down to the voice work if you can ignore what they are saying.


Rad Rodgers is a retro side-scrolling platformer with a modern coat of paint. The humour throughout crude and by no means clever, but ignoring it doesn’t take too much effort. The gameplay itself is good fun, albeit rather short. In a world filled with hardcore platformers that serve only to frustrate most gamers, Rad Rodgers is a much more accessible option, and worth checking out for some old-school platforming action.




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