RADical ROACH is a fast paced shoot em’ up, set minutes after nuclear hell falls from the sky engulfing all but a few tough little bugs.
User reviews: Mixed (494 reviews)
Release Date: May 16, 2014
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Recommended By Curators

"For a game about bugs, it is noticibly less buggy than the majority of so called "triple A" games. Which is sad, sinec I was looking for bugs."

Reviews

“Challenging game, terrific soundtrack”
7.3/10 – 3rd-Strike

“RADical Roach is a lot of fun, it's a charming and interesting game”
7.6/10 – Gamer Headquarters

About This Game

RADical ROACH is a fast paced shoot em’ up, set minutes after nuclear hell falls from the sky engulfing all but a few tough little bugs. Play as the super little radiated roach with new found powers, get to safety before the army of fleas gets you.

*BE WARNED* THIS GAME IS HARD!!!

Features

  • Controller support.
  • Fast paced shmup action in a cartoony world full of cute but deadly little bugs.
  • Venture four unique environments with diverse and challenging levels.
  • Spit through a huge variety of enemies and savage boss creatures.
  • Not easy for all gamers, fun but hard as hell.

Deluxe Edition Extras


  • Fully Remastered 19 Track Soundtrack.
  • 6 Exclusive Wallpapers in 1920x1080.
All the music from the game has been fully remastered. Every tune from every level has been lengthened into full a track and polished from the ground up.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7, Vista
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 Compatible
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Generic Sound Device
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7, Vista
    • Processor: Quad Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 Compatible
    • Hard Drive: 350 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Generic Sound Device
Helpful customer reviews
28 of 42 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
Radical Roach is an extremely difficult horizontal shooter. As you probably would've guessed you play a cockroach in a nuclear wasteland in which you're suppose to shoot all the other bugs flying around.

The greatest thing about this game is probably the art, which is absolutely beautiful, too bad the gameplay is pretty straightforward (litterally). It's a shame the developers didn't create a different kind of game with the same graphics and creativity.

I'd recommend this game only to the hardcore horizontal shoot 'em up fans.

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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Dozens of games just like this one are for free...
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
Looks like those free idiot flash games you play for free in any website
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
The art style is pretty good, but despite being a almost bullet hell, it has a drawback: there are no powerups. You'll have 2 abilities that you can use, but only once. You can regain them by completing the level, so I advice you use them sparingly.

One is a laser that has a wide radius and can kill anything it touches, and another is a shield (?).

Along the game, the game has a pretty good soundtrack that has that 1980's feel to it, so in rating of controls, gameplay, music, & difficulty, I'd give it a overall 8/10.

Oh, forgot I left the difficulty part out: you only got 3 to choose from, not bad right? WRONG! You only get to choose hard, hard, and hard!
http://youtu.be/2pZyGR7rJF8
Good luck with that one!! (No seriously... go under options if you get the game.)
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Epic crap.
First the game crash my PC when i ran it..........and later it was only worse. ;_;
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
+It's like one of this reflection-japanese-games
+Funny Artwork & nice Idea with the Bugs
+Playable with controller

-No sound-options
-you need to finish a level or quit (no freeze-pause)

8,8/10 If you like challenge your reflex
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
I can't say that this is a good game at all, unfortunately. While the art is charming in its own way, and the music may be to your liking... that's about all this game has going for it. Not quite sure if the music really fits the game either, but to each their own. The gameplay is uninspiring, to be honest - there are much better Bullet Hell and Shoot 'Em Up games around. The weapons, abilities, and enemies are all extremely limited.

The Main Menu should be pretty important to a game, right? Well, I've had issues with it locking up, and it's all just a mess - it's far harder to navigate and use than it has any right to. This is compounded by the Options - not even the ability to turn off the music and sound effects? Pretty poor...

The value, or the lack thereof, of the Trading Cards (1 gem or 4 cents at the time of writing) mean that even Trading Cards don't really make the game worthwhile.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
This game reminded me of an arcade/flashgame horizontal shooter game, but its fun. I had a nice hour gameplay of playing/beating it. I did become fustraded at times playing it but their are secret spots on sitting at and shooting where you wont get hit nor die. I would probably not play this game ever again due to i beat it and theirs nothing else to do, but if they add stuff i would def be on it again

Pros
nice aracade style shooter
Trading cards
Tough

Cons
N/A
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
That game is something special...
♥♥♥♥d up alot ,,,, but in a special way...
I have roaches in my apartament , they arent as special as this game.
This game ... its special
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Not Rad

'RADical' ROACH is just not very enjoyable. I somehow made it through the first two levels, and recently opted to run it for a little over an hour today to just get the trading cards (which are worth next to nothing in money and gems).

I'm thankful I only paid 17 cents for this, thanks to a bundle.

2 of 5 stars, since it at least has cards, and an interesting art style. But not worth a purchase by itself.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
Krasses spiel :-)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
I adore the idea of a radiated roach in a post-nuclear world, graphics are really charming and I love the title. Unfortunately, that's it for me. The game feels... tiresome, monotonous and unnecessarily difficult. I don't feel any incentive to keep playing, and I feel like it's all one big mess made out of a very interesting idea. A shame, really. And the lack of sound settings is really irritating.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
This game is ridiculous. All you have to do in the first 3 levels is hold down the down arrow key to win.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Nuclear mosquito killing sumilator
∞/10
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12 of 23 people (52%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
Barely have any options, the story isn't that good, and what you have to do, just press down the button and be happy, no difficulty at all... If you bought it, i'm sorry for you.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Joe's Apartment 2: Electric Boogaloo.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
It seems keys are given away pretty often for this game, and you don't have to play long to understand why.

Let's start with the difficulty options: Hard, Hard, and Hard. There are three buttons, but they do nothing. Oh look, it's an attempt to be clever, or troll the player, or whatever the purpose was. Okay, I get it: No choice, expect rage-quit difficulty.

Except I wouldn't call the game hard. At least the core of it. And I don't normally play these kinds of games. Hell, I beat the first 3 stages just by idling in the same spot on the screen, holding LMB to fire, and occasionally using the special laser attack (RMB), which mows down enemies for a good 5 seconds or so. You can activate a shield with Space, but it doesn't make a difference. If you get hit you lose a life (3 per level) whether you're shielded or not, so I don't see why it was even included. (Maybe another 'hah, we're making this difficult' jab?) Both "abilities" are only usable once per level. They reset when you die.

You're constantly moving forward (WASD adjusts your relative position), shooting stuff that comes flying at you and dodging repetitive obstacles like bugs carrying shields, wrecked bicycle wheels, ground canons, etc. It felt like a cartoony version of those old "fixed shooter" arcade games. Or maybe a weak "runner" game, just in the air and with a couple of weapons at your disposal.

The obstacles are the same in every stage, and in the same locations. Their patterns can be memorized via trial and error. The different swarms of insects are more annoying than difficult. Just stay to the left and keep firing constantly to clear the way, saving your laser attack for the more unpredictable types. The most difficult aspect is probably figuring out the hitbox of each enemy/obstacle/projectile, so you know just how far to nudge to avoid getting hit.

Each level adds a new obstacle/enemy or two, but the overall object is the same: shoot swarms and avoid predictable hazards till you reach the 'end' of a level. It gets boring quickly, because all you're really doing is correcting your errors until the whole level is burned into your brain. It's like the video game equivalent of memorizing a really long and pointless string of numbers. You repeat it over and over and over and over, and eventually you get "good" at it by pure rote. But getting to that point is anything but fun, and there's nothing rewarding about it other than bragging to your friends, who are just gonna roll their eyes at you for attempting it in the first place.

Overall, I'm glad I didn't waste money on this. If you score a free key by all means try it out for yourself (or for the cards), but otherwise there's no point. There are no achievements, the 'plot' and minimal dialogue are hollow and uninteresting, and there's really no incentive to beat the game whatsoever. Save your money.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
I dont know why people dont like this game , its quite alright only exception is that theres no options for sounds nor window size and this game is about a roach with powers.

Over all this game is good.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Really bad, one of the worst shoot em’ up ever. If it's free don't play, if you wanna buy try something else
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
' Really god Game But So hard To get Tarde Carde pffffff
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