A new Kickstarter project titled Rad Rodgers advertises itself as “the return of the 90’s era Apogee platformer,” specifically citing “classics like Commander Keen, Conker, Ruff’n‘Tumble & Jazz Jackrabbit.” People they got quotes from include “Mark Rein, Co-Founder of Epic Games,” “John Romero, Co-Founder of Id Software (Commander Keen),” and course “Cliff Bleszinski, Co-Creator of Jazz Jackrabbit (Epic Games).”

Given all that, it makes you wonder what this line might be hinting at: “Classic Easter Eggs: The game features hard-to-find collectibles in sometimes even harder-to-find classic secret rooms. Use your precision platforming skills to collect ‘em all.”

Anyway the game is about 28% funded right now. What do you think? I’m not a fan of the dialogue (content or quantity) and I could do without the bloody explosions for that matter, but hey, I suppose that Apogee’s oeuvre did include Duke Nukem, not just Cosmo. It definitely looks like a platformer, though, and I appreciate they’re making an effort to have some weird-looking environments, though the lack of contrast makes me imagine the palettes are still a work in-progress.

- Violet CLM


Comments

Primpy on 8 Sep 2016 at 10:42

Ehh, I don’t see this as a future hit game. It might be just me but the main character design feels like yet another character from a Mario bootleg game. Also reminds me of Mighty No. 9 and we all know how things turned out about it. The OST sounds pretty good though, and the environment is aesthetic. Of course, that’s just my personal opinion.

wiivn on 11 Sep 2016 at 15:47

Wow, Dean Dodrill backed it and commented:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1093001909/rad-rodgers-the-return-of-the-90s-era-apogee-platf/comments?cursor=14366624#comment-14366623

Robo4900 on 28 Sep 2016 at 18:52

The game looks okay. A little too generic for me to go out of my way to buy/Kickstart, but it’s good to see more action platformers out these days, given that they died out for quite a while after Jazz 2.

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