It is the year 198X. Big hair is hot, and the war with the Soviets is colder than a refreshing glass of New Coke. RAD RAYGUN must travel the world fighting communist robots, and save the 1980′s by shooting his way through the decade in a totally fresh, expanded version of the original XBLIG game.
SUPER RAD RAYGUN pits Rad against a whole new wave of deadly enemies and locations – from the Communist strongholds of the Far East to strategically insignificant islands off the South American coast. But chill out, because Rad has gnarly new weapons, upgrades, and a revamped gameplay engine to help him out.
Ultra sharp 144p resolution graphics and 4 unique shades of monochrome off-green bring Rad Raygun to life, as only 80′s mobile technology can.
Super Rad Raygun is a nod to video games and pop culture of the 1980s and pokes fun at the politics of that era. It is a trip down memory lane for retro enthusiasts, while also incorporating modern systems and play mechanics familiar to today’s gamer.
Super Rad Raygun is a follow-up to the Xbox Live Indie Game, Rad Raygun. Led by Ronald Reagan and Dr. Yokoi (Dr. Y), Rad Raygun must save the 1980s from communist robots! While the original Rad Raygun had only five levels and limited upgrades, Super Rad Raygun includes over twenty levels, 3 modes of play, a new upgrade system, and a limited-energy mechanic.
As a play portable gaming’s limited battery life, Super Rad has a limited amount of energy to perform certain abilities, such as jumping, shooting, and dashing. When Rad depletes his energy, he must rest for a few seconds.
Throughout the game, Rad collects “bits” — these are a form a currency used to buy upgrades from Dr. Y. As Rad becomes more and more powerful, he consumes more and more energy, but thankfully Rad can upgrade his battery life (amount of energy) and his agility (time it takes to recover).
About the Developers
TRU FUN Entertainment
Being avid gamers and children of the 1980s, Chris Bryant, a Software Engineer, and Chris Hernandez, an Art Director, have aspired to become game developers since the early days of the Nintendo Entertainment System.
These co-workers, with a shared passion for all-things gaming, eventually teamed up to develop two Xbox Live Indie titles, Bop N’ Pop! and Rad Raygun. After Rad Raygun received coverage from major outlets, including The Guardian and IGN, Chris B. and Chris H. were inspired to team up once again to develop their latest game, Super Rad Raygun.
Super Rad and MS
While Super Rad Raygun aims to be fun and approachable, the team wanted to give it a deeper meaning as well. The game’s limited-energy mechanic is based on developer Chris Bryant’s personal experiences with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
One year during PAX Prime, when they weren’t promoting the game, Chris Bryant and Chris Hernandez were seeing the sights of Seattle–which required a LOT of walking. For three days, they explored the city, and Chris Bryant’s MS continued to take a toll on his body. He could walk for 10 to 15 minutes, then he’d have to sit and rest to regain his energy.
During these breaks, the team would discuss the game and the enhancements that they’d like to make. They thought it might be interesting to incorporate Chris’ struggles with MS into Super Rad’s gameplay. The result is an upgrade system that allows Rad to become super powerful, but he has to balance this with a limited amount of energy. So, if the player uses too many abilities, they will exhaust all of Rad’s energy, forcing them to take a brief rest to regain energy.
Shows & Conventions
- Boston Festival of Indie Games 2014
- Indie Games Live, PAX East 2015
- ScrewAttack Gaming Convention 2013 – 2015
- PAX South 2016
- SXSW 2016
- Dallas Fan Expo 2016
- RTX 2016
- PAX West 2016
- NY Comic Con 2016
Featured Rad Raygun Articles
- “This was one of my personal favorites of the show. Not only did it feature music from one of the best chip tune artists on the internet aka FantomenK, but it also incorporated gameplay elements from MegaMan, Contra and more to deliver a smooth gameplay experience that anyone could easily sit down and enjoy.” – Destin Legarie, IGN
- “So insanely awesome.” – Movie Bob, The Game OVERTHINKER
- “You should download Rad Raygun for its ingenuity and style” – Keith Stuart, The Guardian