RADtv is like a Warioware game that would make even Nintendo’s onion-breathed anti-hero squeamish. Spin the wheel on this frantic hot-seat multiplayer game and you could be doing anything from roughing up prison inmates to throwing shurikens and hoping to avoid bystanders. It’s morally questionable, occasionally uncomfortable and all the more sadistically enjoyable for it. That is while it lasts.
Ruffian Games’ surreal party game isn’t afraid to exploit VR. It’s not in itself malicious, but it does find hilarity in accidentally or absurdly malicious acts. Not every one of its 25 minigames is quite so morbid, but the biggest laughs come from accidentally shooting onlookers or letting your throwing star slip a little too early. It’s a big part of what makes RADtv a fun few hours to spend with friends, even if that’s all you’ll get out of it.
Up to six players can swap out the headset between quickfire rounds with oddball objectives. Some are a little more becoming, like trying to match up cubes with patterns on a wall or hitting a drumset as quickly as possible. They’re often over just as soon as they’ve started and leave you out of breath and wondering what just happened. More importantly, they’ve all got engaging VR interactions at their heart, be it simple stuff like cramming burgers into your mouth or more finicky tasks like popping champagne bottles with a samurai sword.
Rounds are erratic and unnerving, a tone that’s hammered home by the grotesquely deformed NPCs. In fact, RADtv’s absurdist presentation as a whole really pops in VR, especially the stomach-churning little extras like the sight of your bones on your dismembered arms or the flys that hover around you in the menu. There’s some great easter eggs in there too for those that follow VR closely.