Windows Phone Game Review: Radiant

If you like retro games you're going to get a kick out of the Windows Phone game Radiant. Radiant has enjoyed success on other platforms and based on playing the game for a few days, it should have similar success on the Windows Phone platform.

Radiant comes across as a combination between Space Invaders, Galaga, and Asteroids. Add the pixilated graphics and you get an 1980's arcade feel with Radiant (and that's not a bad thing).

The main menu for Radiant has options to start the game, access the online leaderboards, tweak the settings, and view the developer's about screen.

Radiant has three levels of play; Casual, Survival and Hardcore. Add 100+ gaming levels, over ten boss fights, six upgradable weapons, and twelve special power ups and Radiant has plenty of gaming to keep you busy.

The story line has you taking a stand against an invading alien horde by taking the fight to them in your starship. Controls are simple in that you press the left side of the screen to move your starship to the left. Press the right side of the screen to move right. Your starship fires automatically.  The alien hordes can cause damage to your starship by either their lasers or ramming into you.  Radiant gives you three lives and when those are all gone, game over.

The alien hordes comes at you in waves and as an added challenge, some levels of play have you dodging giant asteroids. Along the way you earn cash that can be used to upgrade your starship's weapons.  If you tap and hold your starship, a menu will pop up displaying which weapons upgrades you have available.  Just tap on the icon and your in business.  

My only knock is that you can't control your starship's fire rate. Adding a fire control button may make things a little too difficult to manage though. The old arcade games made it easy.  One hand controlled the joystick, the other kept tapping the fire button.  I wouldn't mind seeing the rate increase though or maybe use the accelerometer to control movement and add a fire button?

Regardless of the control layout, Radiant is an entertaining game for your Windows Phone. Game play and appearance has a retro feel without feeling antiquated plus there's an addictive quality to the game.  Radiant will help you pass the time and satisfy that itch when you're just in the mood to play a video game.

Radiant does have a free trial with the full version running $.99. You can download the game here (opens in new tab) at the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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George Ponder

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

  • This isn't the only one Hexage have brought to Windows Phone, EVAC, Totemo, Buka and Everlands are available as well.  Nice to see Hexage bringing their catalog of games across to Windows Phone, the only thing I would like to see is Xbox Live integration.
  • Your fire rate will increase as you upgrade your weapons. I loved this game on webOS and it was the first app I paid for after i got my Focus S.
  • Played this game to death on my pre. Love it!
  • God it annoys me, I bought it on android but now have to buy it again.
    I wish there was some universal payment and returns system, just deactivate it on android and activate it on Windows phone.
    Apart from that it is an amazing game :)
  • yes Hexage games are all awesome; some of the highest-quality around. glad to see them getting some exposure because its sad how few reviews there are on them.. 
    my favs are totemo and everlands (and robotek, but that's not out yet for wp7...) check em out people!
  • This is one of the few games I purchased and kept on my Samsung Captivate. If this is anything like the android version, it is visually gorgeous. I will definately get it on my WP when I update next month.
    And to agree with a prior post; the fire rate is increased as you upgrade your weapon. It's a basic mechanic of the game.
  • Just finished the first mission yesterday eventing on my TouchPad. Really good, addictive game.
    @George Ponder: the fact that there only is auto-fire requires you to time your ships movement relative to the enemies. This seems well intended by the Dev. And even if not, I like it.
  • I'm another user who played this game and loved it on my old Pre. The controls take a little to get used to (like when you forget to take your finger off the screen and the ship moves unexpectedly), but it's a great game. Now that I know it's on WP, I'll probably pick it up. Hexage makes great stuff.