radiangames was formed in March of 2010 by developer Luke Schneider who has since produced seven fantastic, outrageously addictive, Xbox Live Indie Games which are all currently available for a measly 80 MS points. Luke previously worked on high-profile titles such as Red Faction and the Descent series before deciding to ditch the big boys and plonk headfirst into our precious underdog of Independent Gaming
He followed the success of JoyJoy with Crossfire (no, not the Milton-Bradley board sensation of the early nineties) which is a game that takes inspiration from Space Invaders, with a twist: You can flip your ship to the top of the screen. This simple mechanic adds new life to any past homages and lends itself to some intense action and mind bending tactics. Not to mention two players can flip ships and unleash lasery mayhem together in a continuous barrage of gravity smashing resplendence.
The fourth in the series, Fluid, is a quirky racing title featuring radiangames' signature graphical style and despite being the least derivative of the seven happens to be my least favorite. It's not necessarily that I have any complaints, it seems to be in the Pac-Man vein which I was never a particularly large fan of with the exception of the recent Championship DX iteration (leave your negative comments below), although I cannot say that it's still not an excellent entry in the series.
The sixth is a sequel to Crossfire and features new "mega enemies" and finally allows for online score posting. As of this printing I haven't spent much time with it, but the little I did play presented the perfect successor to an already addictive shooter.
Are these the most original pieces of interactive media you will come across? Certainly not. In fact, each game wears its inspirations like a badge of devotion. It's simply that radiangames gets these homages so right. Every game plays perfectly leaving you feeling all gooey with nostalgia while remembering that you don't need a muscle-bound hero, a never-ending cityscape, a shadow or colossus, or anything outside of bright lights and pretty music (which is fantastic and original in each) to have fun. Although adding several zeros to your friends' scores never hurts.
To provide conclusiveness: You can get ALL of these fantastic titles for $7!!
Buy Them ALL...Now!!
I give radiangames:
10-WHY ARE YOU STILL READING THIS'S-out of 10.