Percentile Rank

Rad is ranked in the 60th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 72 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

74

Top Critic Average

49%

Critics Recommend

Based on 72 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Checkpoint Gaming
Liked
Liked
Aug 19, 2019

RAD isn't the best of its genre, but it brings some interesting ideas to the table. If you prefer style over substance, you will probably have a good time here.

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Player2.net.au
C
C
Sep 10, 2019

RAD ultimately feels far too repetitive and unrewarding to recommend to people. It has a lot of potential should Double Fine choose to add post-launch updates, but at present I'm hoping for a third Armageddon to make things more interesting.

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Nintendojo
C-
C-
Aug 30, 2019

As it stands, RAD will likely please roguelike aficionados who will forgive ill-conceived gameplay ideas because of the challenge it adds to the experience.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Aug 20, 2019

RAD is a good time, and it overcame a lot of my initial reservations. I just wish it wasn’t so built on chance, and the all-too-1980s misery of playing through the same parts dozens of times to get to the bits I want.

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Scored Reviews

CGMagazine
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2019

RAD is a gorgeous and addictive entry into the Roguelite genre with creative powerups and a groovy soundtrack

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We Got This Covered
Aug 21, 2019

Rad delivers a superbly addictive and frequently harsh roguelike experience that stands among the best of them, though you'll sometimes curse the game's randomness for ruining your run.

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AusGamers
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2019

Or something.

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Impulsegamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Sep 14, 2019

The apocalyptic future the 80's imagined is back... imagined as the 80's apocalyptic future.

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COGconnected
88 / 100
88 / 100
Aug 15, 2019

RAD is a fun, weird, rogue-like game that is incredibly approachable for all players. Whether you love the challenge of sudden death or you just want to branch out, Double Fine has made a game that caters to both sides and has fun doing it.

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LevelUp
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 27, 2019

Double Fine delivers a great roguelike with old school elements and a well-designed difficultly that is hard, and sometimes fair. While it is not perfect in some regards, RAD will keep you engaged in this post-apocalyptic post-world with his well-designed '80s theme.

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MSPoweruser
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Aug 20, 2019

For those of you who love a challenge, Double Fine’s charming adventure is far from an easy game. With devious bosses, dastardly platforming challenges and that ever-so-engaging roguelike butt-kicking, RAD is another fantastic title coming out of Double Fine.

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PowerUp!
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2019

Combining the gorgeous aesthetics, the killer soundtrack and exciting lucky-dip of mutations, RAD has mutated itself into a real little treat for me that I didn’t see coming

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PlayStation Universe
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2019

Beautiful, bold and a lot of fun. RAD is a great game and a great roguelike.

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GameSpew
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2019

Daily challenges and leaderboards add another element to the game if you’re into chasing high scores, but for me the real draw is just seeing how far I can get.

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 15, 2019

Roguelikes don't get much more bodacious than RAD. If you take a trip into the Fallow, good luck making it out. You're going to need it.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 15, 2019

Overall, RAD is a great time. A simplistic roguelike with a humble, yet ingenious mechanic.

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Destructoid
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2019

I've had a lot of fun with RAD, even though I can tell I've really only scratched the surface. Trying to work with suboptimal body modifications is pretty funny in and of itself, and discovering new mutations and lore has been intriguing. I don't think any studio other than Double Fine could have made the post-apocalypse this entertaining.

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DualShockers
8 / 10.0
DualShockers
David Gill

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2019

Double Fine's latest title, RAD, provides a unique, imaginative take on the roguelike genre that can't be missed.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 16, 2019

One of the best roguelikes for a long time, whose randomised abilities work perfectly to add variety and unpredictability to its tale of an 80s style post-apocalypse.

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Screen Rant
Aug 15, 2019

A permadeath game with tangible progression, delightful characters and dialogue, and satisfying combat, RAD is yet another win for Double Fine.

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GameSkinny
Aug 15, 2019

RAD is a roguelike that presents a world worth fighting for.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Aug 15, 2019

Rad is about what you expect from the modern rogue-like game in terms of features and structure.  If you dig the 80's aesthetic, or rogue-likes in general, there's a game that you can sink many hours into here.

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WellPlayed
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2019

It's a little light on features, but RAD's world still has depth and a wicked-enough core gameplay loop that I can't stop coming back for more

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IGN Spain
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 16, 2019

Double Fine has done it again. They've chosen a crowded genre like de roguelike games and gave it a spin to offer something new and interesting with RAD. It's a shame it fall too short on contents despite its good manners.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 16, 2019

Rad is a great roguelike that constantly evolves to give you plenty of options the more you play, with unique mutations and a different world to explore on each playthrough.

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NoobFeed
80 / 100
80 / 100
Aug 22, 2019

RAD is a tough post-post-apocalyptic adventure that has players relying not only on skill to survive the mutated hordes but luck as well. With each new run offering randomized powerups and maps that constantly challenges the player. Adding to the difficulty is the rarity of health and making purchasable resources expensive. Despite this RAD's addicting gameplay quickly takes over. And once you get into the flow of RAD's rhythm of death and renewal you'll keep coming back for more.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 19, 2019

I definitely plan to keep playing and think most roguelike fans would be similarly swayed, happily positioning RAD as their latest timesink

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Gamefa
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2019

As a Rougelike game, RAD delivers an interesting, challenging and addictive experience that can amuse us for hours. Combat is simple, but also entertaining, mostly because of mutation abilities that bring new ideas To the Table. Mutation abilities are weird and creative and they will come in handy in many situations. Art design is impressive and the world of RAD is very gorgeous. Also soundtrack completely Matches The Atmosphere. More importantly, technical issues and bugs Are very rare. So as a result, Rad is a great apocalyptic rougelike and a good choice to try.

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Level Down Games
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2019

RAD is a well thought out and put together roguelike that will keep fans of the genre coming back for more. The procedurally generated levels mean that no two runs will ever be the same, and the sheer amount of customization that can go in to a run with all the different mutations will be sure to please fans that want something to just pick up and play from time to time.

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Electric Bento
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2019

RAD is a great addition to the rogue-like genre, with spiffy 80's inspired audio, and lots of fun mutations to uncover to help you explore the wasteland.

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 3, 2019

An enjoyable retro-style rogue-lite; in RAD you should expect brutal gameplay in a gaudy and synthesised world. The random nature of the world sometimes proves to be a problem, but not enough to diminish what is a fantastically loud take on the genre. If only for letting players smack about mutants with their engorged limbs and a baseball bat, RAD lives up to its name. Just try to stop playing it, you'll struggle.

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Gaming Nexus
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 16, 2019

An engaging 80's world is the playground for a romp through a procedurally generated dungeon crawl. But it's not really the changing landscape that spices up the experience, its the wildly shifting abilities earned via in-game mutations that drastically alter one run to the next. The package oozes style and has enough substance to back it up. I just find it lacking that last little bit of polish to help me decide how I want to play, not how the random number generator is going to direct me.

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IGN Italy
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 16, 2019

RAD conquered us with its mix of hack's slash, rogue-like and charming post-apocalyptic world... and fans of the 80s will appreciate it even more.

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New Game Network
78 / 100
78 / 100
Aug 23, 2019

With the vast array of wacky mutations and other random elements, you can milk a whole lot of enjoyment out of this $20 adventure. Roguelike aficionados and retro gamers alike should definitely give RAD a look.

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Bazimag
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Aug 19, 2019

RAD is a totally generic Rogue-like but it is combined with the charm we always expect from Double Fine Productions games and that charm has made all the difference. It is a title that looks easy and is actually easy to learn but it is totally challenging to master.

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IGN
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Aug 17, 2019

RAD is deeper and more challenging than it looks, making it a super fun post-apocalyptic adventure that's always fresh.

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The Games Machine
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 19, 2019

A nice roguelike by Double Fine Productions, even if it's a bit shallow.

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Cultured Vultures
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 19, 2019

RAD is a madcap rogue-like from the twisted minds over at Double Fine that more than lives up to its name.

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GameCrate
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2019

RAD was a fun experience and one that I'll likely revisit in the future. However, it's pacing made it difficult to play for long periods of time. It's a decent distraction but it just doesn't hold up as a game you might want to binge all the way through. Luckily, the rogue-lite formula fits perfectly into small distractions like this.

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Gameplanet
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 27, 2019

Rad isn't really dramatically reinventing any wheels, but it's the perfect wee game to have sitting on your HD for some casual fun. You can bust out a run in its delightfully weird world in an hour or so and have a slightly different experience each time. It may not inspire the sort of rabid devotion of something like Spelunky, but it's a great gaming snack between meals.

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Spaziogames
7.5 / 10.0
Spaziogames

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Aug 27, 2019

RAD is a post apocalyptic roguelike, with an unique power up system that has the same pro and cons.

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Nintendo Times
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 5, 2019

GOOD - RAD is a pretty typical rogue-like that’s bound to be familiar for fans of the genre. It splices up things by mutating your character as you progress and explore the ‘80s neo post-post-apocalyptic wastelands giving you a dynamic experience that both can feel great but also land on the unbalanced side frequently. Double Fine has brought their style and quality here from everything in the visual identity of the game, to the humor and just overall class. There’re some nagging performance problems on the Switch you’ll have to contend with, but thankfully it didn’t cripple the game in any way.

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GameSpace
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2019

RAD is a nice throwback to the eighties alongside being a decent roguelite. It won't be a roguelike you put over a hundred hours into, but it will give you enough value for its $19.99 price point. Double Fine hit the mark on making RAD stand out, despite having shortcomings around combat and performance issues when too much is going on.

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Game Informer
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Aug 16, 2019

Frustrations related to random abilities and level layout can be annoying, but the overall aesthetic is inviting. Successfully completing a run is always an exciting achievement

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Worth Playing
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Aug 29, 2019

Looking at RAD as a whole, it's a solid roguelike that shines in creative ideas, setting, and visuals. At the same time, it falls for the usual tropes, so if you're not a fan of roguelikes, you have been warned. Difficulty and repetition are exaggerated here, but it's due to repetition in powers and level design, which makes grinding for progression even more tedious than it has to be. For a $20 purchase, this is certainly a good new roguelike for fans of Double Fine and the genre.

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Video Chums
7.2 / 10.0
7.2 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2019

RAD is the sort of roguelike that's enjoyable once everything starts to click but after that, repetition and frustration unfortunately rear their ugly mutated heads.

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GotGame
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 16, 2019

RAD is only kind of rad, not super rad...That being said, the art is very enjoyable, providing a visual treat throughout each run.

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TechRaptor
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2019

RAD has that unique Double Fine touch. While combat wavers between difficult and unsatisfying, mutations and exploration create that "one more run" magic. It's a solid experience that will satisfy any post-apocalyptic enthusiast.

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Game Revolution
Aug 15, 2019

Taken as a whole, Rad does more right than it does wrong.

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Digitally Downloaded
Aug 19, 2019

I question just how many 30-somethings are out there looking for a new time-draining roguelike to play, but regardless of just how niche RAD's audience turns out to be, I'm very glad that Double Fine gave it a crack.

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Press Start
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 16, 2019

RAD is a great little roguelike that differentiates itself from others with its unique setting and visual appeal. It's really what you'd expect from a roguelike in terms of gameplay (and is solid in that regard), but everything it does to differentiate itself is largely superficial.

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Just Push Start
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Aug 16, 2019

Given most powers seemed more like a hinderance than an advantage, it lacks the same making due with what you got element, if only for the fact anyone who can make some of these worthless skills work are the same people who can beat the game without the worthless skill to begin with. For some this might be great and it’s perfectly fine if you enjoy it, I just think RAD is one balance patch away from being a solid experience.

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Twinfinite
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Aug 19, 2019

It’s the kind of game that, if players are willing to look past its rougher edges, can provide hours of entertainment, and give them an experience both familiar and entirely off the beaten path.

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Xbox Achievements
70%
70%
Aug 19, 2019

A fairly unique 3D roguelike, RAD is colourful, wilfully silly, devilishly difficult, and imbued with 1980s style. This is pure Double Fine, but will have limited appeal for some.

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The Digital Fix
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2019

RAD's mix of randomized abilities, enemy variation and busy landscapes make for a middling rogue-like. These elements combined with difficulty that's too often mitigated with ranged attacks keep RAD from being truly radical, but there's definitely fun to be had.

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Everyeye.it
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 20, 2019

[Rad] pays homage to the 80s from a visual, musical and "spiritual" point of view with great success

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BaziCenter
7 / 10
BaziCenter
Seyed Mojtaba Hosseini

Top Critic

7 / 10
Aug 22, 2019

RAD offers a different post apocalyptic experience, and it's colorful, cell-shade visuals mixed with great 80s electronic music are things that make it unique when compared to titles like Fallout or Wasteland. On the negatives side, you have to deal with its unbalanced difficulty and repetitive gameplay; but in general, you'll probably have a good time with Rad.

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3DNews
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 24, 2019

A very fun rogue-like game with some balancing issues that is very entertaining despite its issues.

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Handsome Phantom
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2019

RAD may not reinvent the genre from the ground up, but fans of Double Fine and Rogue-Like games should definitely put some time into this one.

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NintendoWorldReport
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 2, 2019

You'll want to check out Rad for its unique concept, addicting gameplay and beautiful style, you just may want to consider it on a different console. The Switch version has too many aesthetical issues for me to feel confident that it represents its true potential. Don't be discouraged if you don't — it still plays great and personally, I'm going to keep perfecting my runs to, maybe eventually, become rad.

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PC Invasion
Aug 26, 2019

RAD has excellent gameplay and great visuals but is very, very difficult. Fans of extremely hard games will likely get a kick out of it, but people looking to slowly power up in order to make their rogue-lites easier should stay away.

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Pardis Game
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 14, 2019

RAD is not a game you want to plan for or stategically proceed in it; you just have to advance as fast as you can, kill, get more powerful, die, and repeat this process many times. The intriguing ideas of the game in terms of mutations and their variety, coupled with the unique color scheme and beautiful design of the environment, makes for a fun experience that due to some weak design choices in some aspects, can get repetitive after a while and lose its appeal

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SECTOR.sk
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2019

Heroes of the radioactive post-post-apocalyptic world dying a lot. From start. And permadeath is funny only for hardcore players.

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PSX Brasil
65 / 100
65 / 100
Sep 6, 2019

RAD is a fun title, but the lack of refinement in several aspects is evident, which makes the game extremely repetitive and boring most of the time. Nevertheless, it is an excellent choice for those who are looking for a good challenge and are fans of the 80's culture.

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PC Gamer
62 / 100
PC Gamer

Top Critic

62 / 100
Aug 22, 2019

All the synths and mohawks in the world can't elevate this serviceable-at-best roguelike.

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GameSpot
6 / 10
6 / 10
Aug 16, 2019

Double Fine's take on the post-post-apocalypse has a good couple of heads on its shoulders, but it's not quite the warrior of the wasteland it could be.

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Saving Content
Aug 26, 2019

RAD is stylish, quirky, and above all else, a Double Fine game. What that means, is that it’s really enjoyable, funny, but not without its rough edges. It’s a game where you literally have to adapt and overcome. The game is either too punishing early on or too short that makes either end of the experience feel shallow. RAD is “another one of those” with a cool aesthetic, a great soundtrack, and has enough going on to keep you coming back after each unceremonious death.

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Nintendo Life
6 / 10
6 / 10
Aug 27, 2019

RAD doesn’t do anything particularly new for the roguelike genre, but it doesn’t necessarily need to in order to be an enjoyable game in its own right.

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VGChartz
6 / 10
6 / 10
Sep 17, 2019

Despite the visual and mechanical creativity provided by its signature mutation hook, RAD never elevates itself among other rogue-lites on the market.

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GamingTrend
55 / 100
55 / 100
Aug 27, 2019

For a small asking price, Rad will reliably give you a few hours of novelty, as you explore the wasted punk-dystopia and mutate yourself to better clear the land of its inhabitants. Beyond that initial entry point, you will find yourself dogged by an experience that has little to offer in the way of depth or surprises. The core mechanics make for tense, hectic combat, but also encourage you not to engage in it.

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Slant Magazine
Aug 15, 2019

The more often you get stuck with the same items and abilities, the more redundant and shallow the game feels.

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Gameblog
4 / 10
4 / 10
Sep 5, 2019

RAD, synonymous with "cool" in the 80s in English, is really not the appropriate title for this new Double Fine production. Difficult to understand the very proposition of this title, a rogue-like relatively tasteless while the market abounds with very successful productions of the same kind, that the 80's aesthetic worn until disgusting in recent years fails to save.

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