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October 16, 2015

RAD Boarding hits Google Play, offers unique apocalyptic snowboarding experience

by John_A

We’ve all had one of those days. You’re just minding your own business in a jungle-slash-desert with your snowboard, when a sudden apocalypse forces you to flee an oncoming tidal wave of molten lava while meeting the whimsical demands of a colossal, stunt-hungry grizzly bear. Well, now you can enjoy all the thrill and excitement of such an adventure without damaging your snowboard or risking third-degree burns all over your body!

RAD Boarding has finally arrived in the Google Play Store. It’s a fast-paced, side-scrolling game in the style of Tiny Wings and Time Surfer. Developed by Other Ocean and released by Noodlecake Studios, RAD Boarding kicks the genre up a notch by bringing vibrant graphics and stunt mechanics to the table.

The point of the game is to vault off the endlessly-scrolling hills to gain air for stunts. You have to be sure to land at a clean angle, because nosediving your board into the broadside of a mountain is a good way to wreck your run. Along the way, you’ll find collectibles such as coins and frogs, which you can use outside of the action to purchase upgrades. If you get into a flow, you’ll fill up your RAD meter and enter “RAD Mode,” a heightened state of play where you get a terrific speed boost, a bump to experience gain, and the ability to suck collectibles toward you with the assistance of a coin magnet.

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Gameplay is pretty straight forward. You long-tap the screen to rotate your character in mid-air and use swiping gestures to perform stunts. In every map, Tiny the angry bear will appear and demand a quick succession of stunts, and if you want to survive, you’ll have to appease him. Eventually, you can unlock more advanced stunts that require multiple fingers.

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There are only four different environments in the game, but at the low, low price of “Free,” RAD Boarding feels like a handful of fast-paced fun. There are, of course, optional IAPs. Developers gotta eat, after all. What are your thoughts? Does RAD Boarding look like something you’ll pick up? Grab a copy in the Google Play Store and let us know what you think in the comments!

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