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 (820 reviews) - 47% of the 820 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 16, 2014

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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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 350 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Generic Sound Device
Helpful customer reviews
17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2015
Radical Roach is one of my favourite game types, side scrolling shooter and has an extremely cool concept with awesome cartoon style graphics. However, the Developers have failed to output the concept and gamemode into anything worth playing and here's why.

Pros:
♦ Cartoon Style Graphics (This style of graphics will always appeal to me, as someone who has grown up reading comic books)
♦ Sound was decent (Wasn't repetitive or annoying)
♦ Many Free Steam Trading Cards (This is the best part about it)
♦ Controls seem to just work and be in an easy to use place (They seem to just work but you can't remap them)

Cons:
♦ No Steam Achievements (A game like this has the potential for numerous achievements, plus if you are selling a game on Steam why not make use of all the Steam Features?)
♦ No Difficulty Mode (In options there are difficulty settings but all are set to hard. Should be difficulty settings for those that just want to play without having a ridiculous almost impossible feeling to the game)
♦ Some of the earlier levels you can easily just camp the top or bottom of the map to win (This shouldn't happen in any game)
♦ Bosses seemingly have random attack cycles every time you die and have undodgeble attacks as you can't tell what type of attack they are going to fire so you can dodge them (This is terrible as you can't plan a course of attack and never know when to dodge or not)
♦ Storyline is weird (I say this as you’re randomly fighting things and then the boss comes and next thing you know you’re fighting a Chameleon for no reason at all...)
♦ No Points or Highscores (As a Side-Scrolling Shooter... the main reason to play this type of game genre is for the highscores/points to see who can get the highest... not having any sense of score or points ruins the Side-Scrolling Shooter Genre for me)
♦ Can't pause levels (Pressing escape in the middle of a level brings up level select making you have to start the whole level over again)
♦ Can't Skip Cutscenes (Really annoying having to watch cutscenes over and over again every time you close the game and want to come back and play)
♦ One hit kill objects no matter how many lives you have or if your shield is on (This is annoying as the hitbox on the one hit kill objects such as the tyre seems really out and nothing is more annoying than getting so far and hitting a one hit kill object and having to restart from the beginning)
♦ No Recovery Period after you get hit and lose a life (This is annoying as, as soon as you get hit and lose a life, you can get hit and lose another life instantly. There should be some sort of recovery period to give you time to adjust to being hurt and get back into the game)
♦ Can't remap Controls (There is no reason why we shouldn't be able to remap controls)
♦ Only has three really dodgy graphic options, v-sync on or off, Fullscreen on or off and HD on or off (This is really poor as there is nothing to justify what HD is in a PC game and there really should be resolution settings, not just Fullscreen on or off)
♦ No Sound Settings (This is annoying as multiple people like to be able to control volume from within a game)
♦ Price is relatively expensive for what it is (It would be a decent price if the game was worth playing)

Overall, the game has an amazing concept and a good Side Scrolling Shooter Genre but the Devs have lacked in output of the genre, concept and gameplay making me not be able to recommend this in any case. Also as there is way more Cons than Pros, I'd recommend only picking this up on sale if you want a lot of free trading cards.

PS: I haven't finished the game as there were too many cons for me to be able to. Also, I got to the first boss and couldn't for the life of me work out its attack cycle. Therefore, I couldn't plan to dodge the attacks and kept dying which made me give up... something no videogame should make anyone do. Also, I didn't give up due to difficulty, I gave up due to the boss attack cycles being broken.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2015
6min of game play
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L01wnztWJJ4

This is what is refereed to as a bullet hell shmup as in hard as all hell.
Though it is difficult it may not have the bullets for a true "bullet hell".
You play as a roach that shoots radioactive pellets, can summon a shield, and can sometimes do a special move.
You can only take 3 hits and then its back to the start of the level but you can keep trying as much as you like.
In all there are 4 zones, each with 5 levels, and a boss fight.
Most levels have a progress bar on the bottom to show how far in you are but bosses don't have any hp bar.

Not sure if it's the game or me but moving with the controller seemed stiffer than playing on the keyboard and i could only play some levels on the keyboard.
People on the forums complained about the a,s,d,w only controls as you can not remap them.
I think most negative reviews come from the fact most deaths feel "cheap", and the lack of a score counter (shmup are all about score)
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2015
Putting the controller on my nuts while it vibrates is the most exciting thing I get out of this game
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12 of 21 people (57%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2015
This is free flash level at best
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12 of 21 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2015
Come on, man
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