Guilty Gaming Pleasures : Rad Gravity
Rad Gravity, or The Adventures of Rad Gravity, to give it its full and proper name, is a largely forgotten NES game.
I think the reason for this is two-fold: many that played in upon its original release found it bizarre, difficult and strangely unforgiving, and the few that did enjoy it all those years ago and then booted it up in some emulator simply found it completely obtuse and unwelcoming on their return visit.
However, Rad Gravity is a very decent little game. Playing as the titular Rad Gravity, you travel from planet to planet, dying a lot and learning more and more about the unique features of each level and how to use the things you find scattered around.
The game is frustrating, but once you get into a rhythm with the combat, and learn the enemy patterns, the excellent music, comical overtones and sharp, creative levels will start to enchant you into grudging respect for the perma-smiling Rad Gravity. Until you get to Telos, that is.
Rad Gravity is certainly a unique game, one that is tough to love, but for me, it was one of the most innovative and interesting of NES games, a real treasure of the time.
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Editor and founder of VoxelArcade and The Smartphone App Review. Favourite games: Uridium 2, Frontier: Elite II, Sensible World of Soccer, Far Cry 3, Zelda: Ocarina, Metroid Prime, Solar Quest, F-Zero GX, Monkey Island 2 and Tetris.