A YouTube search of “Radical Heroes Video Game” brought up several testers who tried out the demo version of a new PC game dropping toward the end of November or early December. “This is awesome,” a reviewer says while the 2D character is boogie dancing and preceding to jump and beat up ninja turtle like creatures in the 3D Crimson City. Mad Unicorn Games, the makers of “Radical Heroes: Crimson City Chaos,” is owned by Marathon residents and brothers Noah and Moses Doyle.
“We’ve been working on it for three years,” said Noah, but the brothers have been creating games since 2002ish when Noah began working on graphic designing and Moses learned game coding. Now, with a publisher and the demo on a popular gaming site, Steam, which is like E-Bay or Amazon for gaming, the two say Radical Heroes is 95 percent done.
“It’s been a lot of time and sacrifice,” said Noah, who is married with an 11-year-old daughter. Both brothers also work full time jobs and Moses is a 2003 graduate of Marathon High School. “We had no help with this, everything was out of pocket. I did the graphics, Moses coded the engine, and Moses and friends donated the sound.”
The game will probably get a teen rating when it goes live (since the characters are fighters), but there is no blood or gore. Noah’s daughter, Marina, has been playing the game for the past three years, “She’s been around since the start,” he said, and that it is easy enough for a seven-year-old to play and enjoy.
The arcade-like graphics will appeal to ’80s and ’90s kids, “We kept with the pop culture theme,” said Noah. There are 40 different pixel players to pick from, and when the game launches, up to four people can play at a time.
“There is a sea of indie games out there,” said Noah, “but most don’t bother with them because they are poorly made. We used custom technology and did things that others can’t do.”
He said the pricing of the full downloadable game will be in the range of $10-15 and will launch exclusively on PC. They may add other options at a later time for consoles or apps. And, this is the only hardcore project they have lined up, “we have two other viable products to work on next,” they said.
We’re just two random dudes in the Keys doing the best we can with what we have.” – Noah and Moses Doyle, creators of Radical Heroes: Crimson City Chaos.
To try the free demo, visit store.steampowered.com and search “Radical Heroes.”