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: Mostly Negative (89 reviews)
Release Date: May 16, 2014
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"Become an irradiated roach with superpowers and shoot your way to safety. Be prepared for a challenge."
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“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.



  • 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

    • 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
    • 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
23 of 37 people (62%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
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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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
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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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
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
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 11
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 20
I was going to leave a joke review for this, but it's actually not too bad, It s basically it's like Castle Crashers but side shooter style and no where near as deep. Good for the low price and you should get this.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
This game is very bad story makes no sense and 2 easy all u do is hold left mouse button
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
It's like these games where you are playing as little girl or some kind of machine, flying from left to right or from down to up, shooting and avoiding everything, but with cockroach. If you have strong enough will, maybe you can reach hard levels, but before you will do that you will be bored to death. The idea isn't bad, but the game could be done much better.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Boring :-((
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
This game frustrates me.

Basically you are a mute roach and have to fend off various bugs while moving forward through obstacles. It's a classic side scroll shoot 'em.

It looks cool, but the sound is very loud and some of the background graphics intertwine with the main playing area. I got a little confused with the flashes/bombs in the background and kept trying to avoid them even though they weren't part of the hitbox.

I didn't realize that there is only Hard mode which is not normally an issue, but with no way to change any controls or sound it got frustrating very fast.
You die way too easily and the have to start the level all the way back at the beginning.

If you are looking for a true challenge then maybe give it a try.
I lost patience very quickly and will probably never finish it.
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84 of 100 people (84%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
RADical ROACH is an horizontal shoot 'em up game that stands neither on the bullet-hell side, nor on the more traditional Gradius-like type of shooter.
You're a mute cockroach in a post apocalyptic world, apparently dominated by fleas (and other insects and creatures), all trying to put a stop to your renegade run.
It's your job to keep going forward, through 4 different areas, each with a certain theme and enemies.

First off: the developers warned the players that the game is hard. Well... it certainly is, but not for the right reasons at all. It's not a good challenge. It challenges your persistence and patience rather than your skill and reflexes. I'll talk more about level design and difficulty later on.

Alright, let's begin with its presentation, as usual.

As you can probably see from the screenshots, the game looks pretty good!
It has a bold, hand drawn, cartoony style, and to be honest, it fits the silliness of the game's story.
Everything has a personal look to it, and the bosses are also interesting, in their visual design. It feels like it was made in Flash, and that's fine. The problem is that it plays like it was made by an illustrator with very limited knowledge of how to design the game (other than its visual style).

The animations can be dodgy, at times, without solid transitions between each other. Specially for the bigger enemies, they just vanish into a far smaller explosion sprite when they die, which looks a bit awkward.
All in all, every animation seems to have fewer frames than it should, not really feeling fluid enough. But hey, it's not too bad, it just could have been more polished.

This is a side scrolling shooter, so expect a heavy amount of parallaxing with quite a few layers, that actually looks pretty cool. Despite being a fairly simplistic way of doing it, I actually liked the way the backgrounds passed through, well done on that!
A problem with it, was that you could see the repetition on it, if you look close enough. Slightly larger backgrounds wouldn't have been bad, but it's just a minor concern.

How about sound effects and music?
Well, both felt off, to be honest. They didn't really fit the theme..
The music itself wasn't bad, but again, it just felt generic, and didn't complement the game's visual style in any way.
One big problem I've had with sound design, was that the music just restarted whenever you died. Instead of just continually play, keeping the flow of the game up, it stopped, and started from the beginning. Maybe this isn't very obvious for most people, but it actually makes a huge difference when playing a game, specially one that requires multiple tries and restarts.

Just another criticism, that isn't quite directed at the game, but I'll just leave as a future suggestion.
There were times when enemies threw projectiles at a rhythm, which helped me get more "immersed" into those sequences and felt great. The problem is that it wasn't sync'ed with the music, and ended up ruining the moment. I realize it was most likely not the intention, but I think the game would have benefitted from more rhythm oriented sections.

Another very annoying thing, was the lack of options. It didn't even have music/sound effects toggles. It was just piss poor.
Sometimes, I like to just put on my own music, and that wasn't an option at all. Even for lowering sound, I had to use the Windows' Sound Mixer. Big no on this. Come on, how hard is it to put a couple of separate sliders into the game?
It had "Fullscreen" and "HD Mode"(Whatever that was) and another 2 other options that I didn't really need.
Oh... and it doesn't have a Pause Button. If you press escape, you're taken to the level select screen, which will, of course, start you from the beginning of the level. And, if that level happens to have a cutscene, you'll have to see it again, since they're all unskippable.
The menus were just awful from a navigation standpoint, without consistency at all, sometimes using Esc, other time having to click it, ... It was awful. And it makes a more negative impact on the game that could have easily been avoided.

Let's get on with gameplay.

This... is going to be hard. It's mostly awful... with a few glimpes at good ideas, and a couple of good levels.
Your objective is to survive for X amount of time in each level, essentially. There will be different phases in each level. While the phases are fixed, enemy movement within those is a bit random.

Radical Roach implements what's known as "quantity over quality". In almost every single level, there is a huge amount of enemies, cornering you into a place where you'll definitely take damage. The most effective way of playing it is actually just shooting straight and not movement, for the most part.

Another huge problem, is the hitboxes. Specially the player's. It really big. It's not like a bullethell, where they let you dodge bullets efficiently. No, no, no, no, no! Not here. Here, you'll just have to find the sweet spot, and stand there for as long as possible. And pray that the game doesn't spawn enemies in places that will be impossible to dodge.

The game is pretty straightforward, and there isn't much innovation here. There are a couple of cool enemy designs, with patterns that you must learn (and I really like that sort of design!), but then, they're just mixed with the awful amount of other enemies spawning randomly, and leaves the player really frustrated.

Another impediment, is the way the parallaxing has foreground layers, with obstruct the vision, and some of the enemy projectiles get easily mixed with the background colors, rendering the screen a freaking mess.

The difficulty in this game comes from bad level design, exclusively. Big hit boxes, some awkward collision detection at times, too much flash, bad choice of colors, etc. etc.
And almost every level is like that, unfortunately.

In the first world, the screen was fairly big, giving the player space to maneuvre (except for the amount of enemies on there...). But in the second world, you're on a cave, that highly limits where you can go...!
Most of it makes no sense. It's just a bunch of ideas thrown together, without the concept of pacing.
There is no difficulty curve at all. The game starts and ends at roughly the same difficulty. (Well, the last levels were actually easier).

You also have a shield and a special projectile (first it's a laser beam, then a triple shot, a black hole, etc., changing with each world). The problem is that the game strips you off of it at will. In some levels they're available, in other levels it's not...

Then, the shield is badly implemented. It pops whenever you touch a spike (which occurs awfully frequently, as your hitbox gets bigger with the shield), and it also has like a second of delay... So, if you're in a pinch, you're dead. It's not like you can use the shield at the right moment...

BUT, there was hope! The Bosses were actually quite fun, at times (despite creating a few almost impossible dodges at times), and there were a few levels that were far more structured, and thus, less frustating. The penultimate level was a good example of that. It was tricky, certainly. But you could plan ahead, and then avoid everything with skill and reflexes, rather than luck.
Unfortunately, those good moments were few and far between.
It had potential. But it's the perfect example of artificial difficulty.

It's not that people don't like hard games, it's that hard games nowadays do it wrong. They're about randomness and trial and error!

I forced myself to complete every level, just to see if it went somewhere.
By the end, it's slightly more interesting than it the beginning, but it's not enough.
It constantly tested my patience, with barely any reward. Finishing a level felt more like relief than pride... And when that happens, you're doing something bad.
Stay away...
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33 of 52 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
This game has a certain amusing, cartoon style to its graphics but apart from that it's just pure awfulness.

It feels like a flash game.
It's really hard for the wrong reasons. There's stuff that moves too fast to avoid and either the collision detection is off or your bullets are small, so it's hard to hit the fast moving enemies with any degree of accuracy.

You can't redefine the controls either, which is unforgivable in a game you pay money for.

Please don't buy this. You will be disappointed.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
This is a shoot 'em up that, in its entirety, is only a mediocre skeleton of a shoot 'em up - you scroll horizontally and shoot at enemies with a time-regenerating shield and a once-per-level super laser. There is no scoring mechanism (which for the life of me I can't understand in a shoot 'em up), no lives mechanism (if you die, you just restart the level), and no differing weapons mechanism of any kind (you only ever have the stuff you start with and none of it can be upgraded).

Also, the game is... artificially difficult. I mean yeah, the game is difficult, and really I don't even knock it for being difficult, that's fine. But it's stuff like randomly removing your super laser from some levels, with no explanation other than "well we just wanted to make this level harder" or something, I don't even know. What kind of shoot 'em up does that? And I'm talking like, level 2-2 in the middle of nowhere, just the next in a series of horizontal scrolling levels, no boss or anything... if you're going to give me a super laser, let me use it. And it's not that I can't beat it without it - I did - it just feels forced.

Yeah, to me, there's nothing really that attractive about this game. I'm not saying it's a horrible game - it has some entertainment value if you like horizontally scrolling through levels shooting enemies and dodging terrain traps, yeah, it does that, and it does it alright. It's difficult, yeah, it's got that going for it. But... that's really IT, seriously. There is nothing else besides proceeding through levels shooting enemies and then a boss after a few levels. No other little incentives or mechanisms anywhere... *shrug* It's only so interesting.

Not an awful game, but not really one I recommend spending very much time on.
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7 of 15 people (47%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
The story of the game is very funny, I couldn´t stop laughing!
Although the game is good, it is quite hard (at least for me!). But that doesn´t mean I couldn´t complete
the levels I tried.
It has a lot of levels, and quite a few bosses, making the game worth the price it has right now! :) So
if you like this type of game and you like games that challenge your skills, then this is your game!
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
I got this game as part of a bundle, and it was the standout from the group. I'd definitely recommend this game, but the $6.99 is kinda steep (imo), and it is available in too many bundles at a fraction of that cost. In short, this game is a definite buy when on sale or in a bundle.

The story & concept are novel and entertaining
High Replay factor
Great controls
Excellent Graphic Novel Artwork
Decent music

No volume control (It continues to play even when you tab out)
No mid-level saves
The white effect when nukes detonate (This actually wouldn't be so bad if there were mid-level saves)

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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
"A game where you play a cockroach in a post nuclear apocalypse setting? Sign me up!" Unfortunately as cool as the premise of this game is, the execution is horribly lacking. You fly around as a silent roach spitting bubbles at various insects who hate you because ... you don't speak. It's a scrolling shoot 'em up (SHMUP) and a difficult one, but unlike other difficult SHMUPs like Ikaruga, Gradius or eXceed which test your skill, RADical ROACH tests your patience. Armed with only your bubbles, the game throws long, monotonous stages at you with only a single shield and super weapon to even the odds. You can take three hits before you die, but are given no period of invulnerability when you take a hit. This coupled with your large collision detection hitbox will often cause you to get hit many times in succession and die quickly. This is not delicious difficulty. This is punishing difficulty. I really love the premise, the art style, and the setting, but these cannot save a game that is completely broken. Don't get this game.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Big fan of shoot'em ups? Yeah, me too! So I made the mistake in getting this game because I thought it would be fun but man was I wrong.

This is a shmup for kids. There is no challenge what so ever and every level is exactly the same as the last.

The "Options" menu (or lack of) is a joke, you can select between difficulty "Hard", "Hard", and "Hard"...no..I'm not joking. You can also turn "HiDef" on or off (whatever that means). There is no sound options so enjoy the loud music that you can do nothing about :)

The game has controller support but for some odd reason they decided to only enable the D-pad and not the Thumbsticks. I bet every gamer was just dying to play a shmup with a D-pad...

The game also has no score system and no achievements so there is really no point at all to killing/missing anything. If you get hit twice and didn't kill a single enemy throughout the entire stage and I never got hit and killed every existing enemy, we both pretty much have the same skill level because the game rewards us the same (which is with nothing).

Bottom line, never buy this at full or even sale price. If it is ever bundled and there is another game you want and this game happens to be in there grab it.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
I will just get straight to the point this game is AWFUL.

first off about the options....well there are none not really

this piece of shit game starts by trying to take out your eardrums by having the sound at an UNREASONABLE level..so you think fine i'll just turn down the volume NOPE no sound options....like at all..not even volume...i think this is a first for me.

after that it goes to work on your other sences with its graphics/artwork which to be honest is not the worst i have ever seen but the real problem is the characters DO NOT line up with the hit boxes.

which brings us to the WORST problem with this game....the gameplay. i did not think you could really ♥♥♥♥ up a genre like this but lo and behold they have done it. as others have stated this game is hard...but it is cheap ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ hard in addition to the hit box and controller issue...o thats right i did not mention that if you have the disfortune of using this with the 360 controller you will fine that they INTENTIONALLY force you to use the 360's horrible d pad.....and like i stated above no option to change it.

In conclusion this game sucks balls on multiple levels and on the most important aspect gameplay, i mean shit they could have ♥♥♥♥ed up in every way BUT gameplay and it might be ok. shit they could have had the artstyle be paper drawings and still be good and i present the game Ballpoint Universe as proof which is FAR BETTER. Instead they or him/her (i would not be suprised) decided to be incompetent in every way and pass it off as "indie" and "old school hard".

DO NOT BUY THIS GAME under any price tag infact their price is insulting and i got it in a bundle and i still regret it.

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