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Super Rad Raygun Overview

It is the year 198X. Big hair is hot, and the war with the Soviets is colder than a refreshing glass of New Coke. RAD RAYGUN must travel the world fighting communist robots, and save the 1980′s by shooting his way through the decade in a totally fresh, expanded version of the original XBLIG game.

SUPER RAD RAYGUN pits Rad against a whole new wave of deadly enemies and locations – from the Communist strongholds of the Far East to strategically insignificant islands off the South American coast. But chill out, because Rad has gnarly new weapons, upgrades, and a revamped gameplay engine to help him out.

Ultra sharp 144p resolution graphics and 4 unique shades of monochrome off-green bring Rad Raygun to life, as only 80′s mobile technology can.

Super Rad Raygun is a nod to video games and pop culture of the 1980s and pokes fun at the politics of that era. It is a trip down memory lane for retro enthusiasts, while also incorporating modern systems and play mechanics familiar to today’s gamer.


Super Rad Raygun is a follow-up to the Xbox Live Indie Game, Rad Raygun. Led by Ronald Reagan and Dr. Yokoi (Dr. Y), Rad Raygun must save the 1980s from communist robots! While the original Rad Raygun had only five levels and limited upgrades, Super Rad Raygun includes over twenty levels, 3 modes of play, a new upgrade system, and a limited-energy mechanic.

As a play portable gaming’s limited battery life, Super Rad has a limited amount of energy to perform certain abilities, such as jumping, shooting, and dashing. When Rad depletes his energy, he must rest for a few seconds.

Throughout the game, Rad collects “bits” — these are a form a currency used to buy upgrades from Dr. Y. As Rad becomes more and more powerful, he consumes more and more energy, but thankfully Rad can upgrade his battery life (amount of energy) and his agility (time it takes to recover).


Thanks to itch.io, we're bringing you Super Rad Raygun DRM-free for the first time ever!  This build does not require Steam and does not feature Achievements or Leaderboards.


Buy Now$10.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $10 USD. You will get access to the following files:

SuperRadRaygun_Windows.zip 648 MB
SuperRadRaygun_Mac.dmg 677 MB
SuperRadRaygun_Linux.zip 667 MB
SuperRadRaygun_Soundtrack.zip 56 MB
XNA Framework Redistributable 6 MB

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this game would be even better if it had 2 player co op

Good Game!!

If someone has a steam key I'm willing to pay well for it.


Oh I so wanted this on Steam, I missed it... It's an interesting game and I think today it would sell very well there, the dev should reconsider adding it on Steam again since all PC Gamers really care about their collection on that platform.


which is stupid. The devs make waymore when you buy iit on Itch

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I like itch.io but let's not joke on money made comparisons. The users count changes the equation.


I bought this back in 2019 when you were still offering Steam keys with purchase. I never got to redeem my Steam key. Can I please get one?


Why was this taken down from Steam? Just curious. :)

here some sparse info


i really wanna download but i dont have money :(

im getting this error when trying to run the setup file in windows -

Setup has detected that the file 'C:\Users\bigjus\AppData\Local\Temp\VSD194F.tmp\XnaFxRedist40\xnafx40_redist.msi' has changed since it was initially published.

any ideas what to do ?


search the web for the Microsoft Game Studio 4.0 Redistributable download.  It used to be hosted by Microsoft, but I think they took it down since they don’t support it anymore.  It’s out there, hosted by other sites... get that installed then rerun the Super Rad Raygun setup.

Let me know if that helps!

done this - got it from microsoft website - installed , rebooted but still getting the same message ... any more ideas ?

I uploaded "XNA Framework Redistributable" to the downloads. Run this msi file to install XNA Game Studio 4.0, then re-install Super Rad Raygun.

Good luck!

I am also having the same issue. I have deleted and redownloaded the Game File like six times with no luck.

I uploaded "XNA Framework Redistributable" to the downloads. Run this msi file to install XNA Game Studio 4.0, then re-install Super Rad Raygun.

Good luck!

Same problem here. I've payed a tipp for the game and it would be greate if we can fix this problem.

I uploaded "XNA Framework Redistributable" to the downloads. Run this msi file to install XNA Game Studio 4.0, then re-install Super Rad Raygun.

Good luck!

I have still the same error.

maybe this alt. way works

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So this no longer comes with a Steam key?

ETA: Not that I mind either way but is there any possibility of adding the achievements in game if it will never again be available on Steam? It's been done in games such as Shovel Knight.


i think its still available on steam, the thing is that this specific purchase doesnt give you a free steam copy

Only the soundtrack is available on Steam, weirdly enough.

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Bit of feedback for the devs.
Playing this game with a keyboard is way more of a pain than it needs to be. Particularly:

- There doesn't seem to be any place to look up what keys the game even uses, except people talking about it online.

- You can only see the options menu (where you can view and change your controls) AFTER you've managed to start the game AND found the pause key.

- The keys are unintuitive and hard to guess. I get WASD, but V, G, B, Y? The pause menu key is P -- why not Esc? Enter confusingly only works in SOME of the menus -- it lets you select the 'quit' option, but doesn't let you confirm that you really do want to quit. 

- You get controller button prompts like 'LT' even though you're not using a controller. Which key is 'LT'? It's also less than helpful to get a button prompt that says 'A' but the key you're supposed to press is V, not A.

Why not include a readme file that explains what the default keys are? Why not let players access the options menu from the title screen? You could also redundantly allow Esc as an alternate pause-game key, Enter as a universal confirmation key and Esc as a universal cancel key in all the menus.


2 issues, the former possibly being a source of the latter??

Context: I use keyboard (only controller I have is a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, and... yeah, windows has problems with that one :| ), and set my keys so that:
LB=>F (bring up upgrade menu),
Y=>K (arcshot),
B=>L (backdash/cancel),
X=>J (shoot) and
A=>space (jump/select)

1st issue: every time I open the game, "jump/select" is un-bound from space (and not re-bound to default "V"; just "nothing"). Not that big of a deal since "enter" is also registered as "select", so it's still possible to navigate the menus to rebind the key, so in the case it's not changeable, it's ok, but would be nice if it was.

2nd issue: this time, way more... crippling...
I left the game on a while to enjoy the music, then closed the game by clicking the top right "x" (telling this because it may matter).
Now, next the next time I open the game (and every time thereafter), the "select" input (NOT the "key") seems to be... permanently stuck in a "pressed" state?? But also no because it contradicts some other observation??

I gave up trying to explain this any further via text and just made a video instead:



The 2nd issue seems to have... fixed itself... after I restarted my computer..?

Game doesn't launch. :(

OK it doesn't work through the luncher you have to execute the application file in order to install the game.

WASD keys are hardcoded though, making the game unplayable. :(


There is a settings file in the game’s root folder.  You can open that up in a text editor and change the controls.  You can also change the settings in-game from the pause menu.  “P” to pause.


I can't even download the game. I have high speed internet but it stops downloading at 50mb. Not recommended game


Hey purchased the game a little ago! Love you guys, saw this game at Playcrafting back in 2014, glad I finally found it. What are the control scheme on Mac OS?

Awesome, thank you!  The game supports most USB gamepads, or you can use the keyboard.  You can customize the keys from the options menu, while in-game.  (I think) the defaults are WASD VHJU and P to pause.

Let me know if you run into any issues.


Just purchased your game ! Do you still give Steam key for the game ?

Hi Nsan!  Unfortunately, Super Rad Rayun is no longer available on Steam.  It’s sold exclusively here on itch.  Please enjoy the game, and let us know what you think!

Just finished the game! Really enjoyed watching Rad grow over the course of the story. There's oodles of charm in the jokes, character designs, and all the tiny details. I can tell you put a lot of work into this.

I found the difficulty a tiny bit hit or miss, but I might just be bad at games. I never got stuck for too long. I DID encounter one annoying bug toward the very end of the game, where if I exited the game and then hit continue again, even after saving, it undid all my progress. Other than that, I had a great time! Looking forward to whatever you do next. :)

Awesome!  We're glad to hear that you enjoyed the game, we certainly put a lot of work into it.  :)

Sorry to hear about the saving issues that you ran into.  We'll do some digging and try to reproduce it on our end.

Thanks for playing! 


Sweet! To be a bit clearer about the saving issue, since you're looking into it:

I was using the downloaded Itch.io version. I booted up the game to play through some older levels to get enough bits for upgrades before before I tried to beat the second-to-last level. The first time I exited and continued, I suddenly had the same number of bits as when I'd continued from my last save file. Went "Argh!", played through some more levels, then exited once more and had the same problem. It seemed to fix itself the third time around, when I decided to just grind enough to actually purchase the upgrades I wanted before exiting the game—the upgrades and number of bits were the same the next time I continued from my file.

It's possible that the game just doesn't save your progress after you finish old levels? In which case, er, consider this general feedback on changing that.

is there anyway to either change the keyboard controls or have a gamepad - im on macOS myself - but my keyboard is DVORAK set - so cant currently even play it

also gamepad support would make sense ;)


Hey Lewis,

The game supports most USB gamepads.  You can also configure the buttons and keys in the options menu.

Hope that helps!

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Hi RafiLinux,

Yes, open up the settings.config file in a text editor, then set <fullscreen> to True:

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You give a steam key if i buy there?

Yes, if you buy a copy of the game here on itch.io, it comes with a Steam key.

Happy SRR Independence Day! :D