Hot on the heels of Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, and Bubsy the Bobcat comes another ‘90s platforming mascot revival – Radical Rex. Hands up who saw this one coming. Anybody? Hello?
Originally published by Activision and released on SNES, Mega Drive, and SEGA CD in 1994, Radical Rex wasn’t particularly well-received upon release. It hasn’t even managed to gain a cult following over the years, making tomorrow’s Steam re-release quite the surprise.
Review scores were mostly mediocre due to the dull, predominately brown, visuals and general lack of innovation. Not an awful game, but definitely average.
Even back then it was deemed trying too hard to be cool, too. Not convinced? Here’s an excerpt from the product description: “Check Rex thrashin’ on his board, sportin’ his flame-breath, bustin’ out with killer jump-kicks, swingin’ on vines and blastin’ out screen-shaking roars. Excellent!”
Piko Interactive are behind this re-release. They’re perhaps best known for bringing the N64 version of 40 Winks back from the dead, although Steam re-releases of retro classics are their usual source of income.
Some of their past re-releases have included Ocean’s Sleepwalker, Pushover, Tunnel B1, and the ZX Spectrum classic The Great Escape.