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 (325 reviews)
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
    • 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
41 of 54 people (76%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2014
I love SHMUPs, but this is not a good one.

The levels are all the same, with tons of enemies just thrown at you in a seemingly never ending barrage. There's no real enemies formations or anything - just a lot of enemies flying at you constantly.

Also, there's no powerups.

The game just feels...boring
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24 of 35 people (69%) 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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24 of 40 people (60%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 11, 2014
The story is told through small cut scenes before, during, or after levels and some moments are quite hilarious. Others, however, fall a bit flat, as the old mute roach routine gets tedious after a while. Some of the side characters are relatively funny, but don't expect any serious development in the narrative.The actual gameplay is a typical horizontal side-scrolling shooter but it's not a bullet hell game per se, as you don't actually avoid bullets. Instead, you need to avoid suicidal mosquitos, moths, and other insects that come barreling towards you.Controls are relatively good, although you fire by pressing the left button of the mouse and, considering the huge amount of enemies the game throws at the small roach, you'll find your finger getting numb just by keeping the button pressed.The visuals overall are a bit hit-and-miss. While the whole style is pretty charming in a hand-crafted way, its quality isn't that great. The animations in particular are clunky and miss a lot of frames, leading to a really low-quality experience.The soundtrack is rather good, if you take it alone, but the techno vibe doesn't really jive with the post-apocalyptic experience, even if it does complement the whole arcade feel. It's also quite repetitive, especially since restarting a level restarts the song as well, so be prepared to pretty much hate the opening moments of a stage.Radical Roach is a simple and relatively fun game. It's really challenging and requires a lot of patience due to repetitive songs and erratic mechanics, like the shield one. The animation could also use some work and, while it does have its own style, the quality of the visuals leaves much to be desired.
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8 of 10 people (80%) 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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5 of 5 people (100%) 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 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.4 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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8 of 12 people (67%) 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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33 of 61 people (54%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2014
Well, finally you get to play as a bug. And no, I do not mean Battlefield 4. Radical Roach makes you play a..Roach, and this game is typical shoot-em-up - you fly from one side of the screen, to another, obliterating your enemies.
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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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9 of 15 people (60%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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12 of 22 people (55%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) 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 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
1-The options menu has 4 on/off switches for random stuff (like Vsync .. pretty sure they just put it in there because it's common to see Vsync in an options menu -_- ) But no switches for audio/sound/music. So, if you wanted it to run in the background till you got all the cards , it'll annoy the ♥♥♥♥ out of you with the "Roach-friendly but anti-human soundtrack" because you can't mute it -_- (unless ofcourse you mute the whole application from volume mixer) .
2-Unskippable/meaningless cutscenes .. ( also pretty sure, they added cutscens with random words in them just cuz cool games have cutscens ... )
3-A "game" that you'll even regret getting for free ...
4-Felt like everything in the "game" had a sign that said : "I was made with the least effort possible , enjoy ! :)".
Freaking Annoying "game" .

P.s : I may be OVER-Annoyed by this game , but they seem to have worked hard on combining several annoying things in a very sloppy piece of work .
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
I quite enjoyed it since im a old gamer it reminded me of the first days of playing on an atari :-)
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
If diarrhea could be a game, this would be the S H * T.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
RADical ROACH Deluxe Edition is a game that I recommend because:
- have an acceptable price
- is a method to banish boredom
- is a casual game
- have trading cards

Enjoy!
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12 of 23 people (52%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 11, 2014
The production was almost there. The art was pretty solid. The story telling was suffecient. The combat though? Mediocre at best.

No score. No interesting weapons. No checkpoints. Boring enemies. Reliance on pattern memorization 100%. I just don't see what this game is trying to stand on.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
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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