A downloadable game for Windows

Rad: Before the Adventure is a 3D-Platformer Collect-A-Thon inspired by platformers from the late 90's and early 2000's. It features Rad, one cool dude, as he explores his home town, helps his friends and the town's pedestrians, and discovers new abilities in challenge levels.

This version has been renamed from Rad Capstone to Rad: Before the Adventure and is now the official, non-canonical prologue to the full game, which you can find here: https://knick-knack-games.itch.io/rad

Rad is our college capstone project for Ferris State University. It is a short, one level demo and prototype created in Unreal Engine 4. We plan to take the game further in the future.

Rad: Before the Adventure has won numerous awards including:

  • E3 2018 College Game Competition Finalist
  • Ferris State University Doggie Award - Best Capstone
  • Ferris State University Doggie Award - Best Character Design (Iris)

Developer Twitter: https://twitter.com/RadTheGame

Get the Soundtrack: https://tycobur.bandcamp.com/album/rad-demo-soundtrack


Brandt Howard - Character Designer/ VFX Artist/ Animator

Paul Chamberlain - Environment Artist

Lloyd Nguyen - Gameplay Programmer

Tyler Baldwin - Programmer

Tyler C. Burke - Sound Designer, Composer

Michael Westermeyer - Concept Artist

Voice Actors:

James Lewell - Rad, Pedestrians

Brady Lindsay - Pedestrians

Samuel L. Couch - Redux

Kassandra Dill - Iris, Stanley

Tyler C. Burke - The Ducktor

Programs Used:

  • Unreal Engine 4
  • 3DS Max
  • ZBrush
  • Quixel
  • 3DCoat
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Substance Painter
  • Substance Designer
  • Audacity
  • Ableton Live
  • Kontakt 5
  • GitHub
  • Source Tree


Rad: Before The Adventure UPDATE 1 GB
Rad: Keyboard Update (OLD BUILD)


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every time i try to run the game it launches but on the loading screen it crashes, can the devs please fix this?

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Was able to play this at LTUX. I absolutely love the free roam nature with all the little secrets and tiny details. The city feels so alive with the rendered room/window feature. The dungeons were pretty fun and challenging. Feels polished even in it's current state, just feels like it needs some more content and a little more polish applied to other areas but it feels actually releasable.

Excited to see where this project goes!

Well i have a problem for Record the Gameplay, when i launch the Game, it's Say there a Fatal Error witch mean that i can't play with recording, There will be Updates for fixing this? If yes Thanks !

We've never had this issue for recording. Does it work when you're not recording?

Well nope, not even not Recording this. And sorry for receive the Respond latly i was not connected for 13 Days, so..Maybe the Game can't be load in Windows 8.1, it's for that i have a Fatal Error.


To download this and play just copy the link and paste it in a web browser.

It's a seperate installer from the regular itch.io one.



new to using Itch & for some reason this wont install for me; I click install & it says downloading for a sec & then just switches back to install. other games havent been doing this so i was wondering if anyone knows whats going on?

Heya! Played a bit of this on my channel. :)