In honor of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awarness Month, independent game developers Chris Bryant and Chris Hernandez are raising money for an MS charity. All revenue for Super Rad Raygun on itch.io for the month of March will be donated to Can Do MS!
Can Do MS delivers health and wellness education programs to help families living with MS thrive. They offer the industry’s most comprehensive program for support partners and loved ones, enhancing overall health and well-being by addressing challenges that are unique to families living with Multiple Sclerosis.
While Super Rad Raygun aims to be fun and approachable, the team wanted to give it a deeper meaning as well. The game’s limited-energy mechanic is based on Chris Bryant’s personal experiences with MS.
In 2013, during PAX Prime, when they weren’t promoting the game, Chris Bryant and Chris Hernandez were seeing the sights of Seattle–which required a LOT of walking. For three days, they explored the city, and Chris Bryant’s MS continued to take a toll on his body. He could walk for 10 to 15 minutes, then he’d have to sit and rest to regain his energy.
During these breaks, the team would discuss the game and the enhancements that they’d like to make. They thought it might be interesting to incorporate Chris’s struggles with MS into Super Rad’s gameplay. The result is an upgrade system that allows Rad to become super powerful, but he has to balance this with a limited amount of energy. So, if the player uses too many abilities, they will exhaust all of Rad’s energy, forcing them to take a brief rest.
To support Can Do MS, you can pick up a copy of Super Rad Raygun!