R.A.D is a game in which the player takes part in a game show, the game gives the player a simple choice every couple waves. Fight to the death to attempt to gain a higher score, although dying of course yields a score penalty, or abort and take the score at the present moment.
The goal of R.A.D is to ultimately survive as long as possible in a cave full of radioactive waste material, while fighting waves of mutated radioactive creatures that are out for the radioactive waste. Of course, the true goal is to obtain a score as high as possible to make it to the high score board!
Best Student Game:
R.A.D was developed in just over 8 weeks by a group of 7 highly motivated students, all of whom in their second year, from the Saxion University of Applied Science. Our group holds some very high standards in terms of graphical and technical quality for our assets, and this becomes clear when taking a close look at details present on objects such as the gun models, or anything that is up for close inspection!
Add to that the challenge of developing a game specifically for the HTC Vive, which requires a completely new way of developing games. To simply obtain the level of immersion required for a good VR game, is already a great challenge by itself as all pieces of the puzzle need to match. In other words, audio, graphics and gameplay all need to be very balanced and of high quality!
Aside from this, even though the HTC Vive has freedom of movement, the space available for this is however quite limited! This means a game had to be developed in which the player needed to move a minimal amount, but still needed to use the HTC Vive to its full potential!
And adding all these challenges and accomplishments together, proves that R.A.D is worthy of winning the Best Student Game award.