Game Title: Radiation Island
Developed By: Atypical Games
Published By: Atypical Games
Released: Feb 22, 2018
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Genre: Adventure, Action, First Person
ESRB Rating: Teen for Blood, Violence
Number of Players: 1 Player
Thank you, Atypical Games, for providing the review copy!
Around three years ago Radiation Island dropped onto iOS devices to the joy of many. At the time, this was one of the few games that cost money to buy, but with no in-app purchases to speak of. You got a great game for a fraction of the price. In the app store in those days, free to play was becoming more and more common, and this was a great example of a game that went the premium route. It was a huge hit on iOS and got decent reviews. Years later we get the game ported to the Nintendo Switch. How does it hold up? Read on to find out.
There is some story here and it is interesting. It is mostly told through journal entries that are found when you are out exploring. It has to do with experiments, the military, towers, and I don’t want to ruin it. You wash up on the shore, on a beach, and begin your journey there. The game does a good job at letting you figure things out with little tutorials that pop up when you need them and are completely optional to read though.
There are two main things you will be doing in this game: one, is surviving the environment, and powering down different towers on this huge island. There is lots of exploration to be had here. It was fun just wondering around, trying to see everything. There are abandoned houses, wildlife, and yes, even zombies. Most of the game you will be in a hostile environment, with day and night cycles, and even different weather. You have to keep an eye on your hunger meter and health meter. Your hunger meter gets replenished when you eat food like pineapples, bananas and, meat. You have a health meter that can be replenished with medicine. If your out at night, you will need warm clothes to protect you from the cold. Wild animals will attack you, and early in the game, these will be your greatest challenge to overcome. They can make you bleed, where you lose health over a period of time, unless you have a bandage. Zombies can infect you, and radiation can poison you as well. There are rabbits, wolves, bears, lions, and they can do significant damage to you. It’s a good thing that you can find different items all around the island that can be used to craft a variety of items. You can craft weapons, tools, boxes, clothes, ammunition, and even medical supplies. All the things you can craft, will help you get to the different towers and survive. It is all streamlined as well, as you have most of the recipes open to you. The second thing you do has to do with the towers scattered all throughout the island. There are multiple towers that you will travel to as you explore the island. Each one has like an electromagnetic pulse that must be turned off. You will have to find the codes to turn each one off. This is where you will make progress in the game, though after a while it can get repetitive. Each tower has zombie hordes that you must fight through. Once you craft bullets easily and have guns, it becomes easier.
The graphics in the game while stunning at the time for iOS, still looks good on the Switch. It looks great in handheld mode or on the big screen. I feel that it controls better, with physical controls, instead of using the touchscreen. The touchscreen can still be used to move items around in your inventory. Something that stood out to me was the audio, as the sound effects are great. There are moments, where music, and weird sounds come on, and makes the game feel so intense. As soon as I would start to hear it, I would look around for enemies in a panic, though sometimes there wasn’t anything going on. It ran well in docked or handheld mode.
Radiation Island is a decent survival, crafting game. It will take you several hours to complete the game, and there is so much fun just exploring the islands. This game is the right price at $9.99, and you will have a great time killing zombies, and crafting.