Star-Quashed Lovers: Radiator

Look to the skies. It’s a trailer for the new Polaris, a reworked and extended version of the first of the Radiator experiments. It’s a stargazing, although I imagine some people will consider the eyes to be firmly placed on the navel or shoes. New additions in this version include “completely re-done graphics, interactions, voice acting, narrative, a bit of full-frontal male nudity, and neck-strain-tastic Oculus Rift VR support”. The video contains a rear-end but we’ll have to wait for the full version for the full-frontal. It’s due in August and, for those who haven’t played it before, I’d say it’s the game that has best captured the beauty, stress and banality of being on a date.

Radiator’s brilliance is that it defies the notion that an experimental, nonviolent short-form game must by definition be a serious, chin-stroking creature. There is humour and self deprecation, all of which enhances the sense of wonder, just as the sometimes drab reality of relating to another is made fascinating by the form.


  1. rustybroomhandle says:


    Good to see these are actual real game experiments, as opposed to what 22Cans claimed they were doing.

    • realitysconcierge says:

      Man that is rather depressing now that you mention it.

  2. MuscleHorse says:

    I love Radiator – especially part two, where you’re a janitor in someone’s head during marriage/relationship counselling.

  3. RobinOttens says:

    Looks neat.

  4. Robert Yang says:

    Disclaimer: I write for RPS sometimes, etc.

  5. Ross Angus says:

    This is the perfect antidote to all that butt-staring and butt-judging in that Half Life 2 speed-run video. Really looking forward to this.

  6. DestructibleEnvironments says:

    I was gonna complain about the graphics, but then I saw a dancing butt. Where may I purchase this.

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    Aerothorn says:

    Almost as stoked for this as I am for Radiator Part 3!

    • maninahat says:

      Wasn’t that cancelled? I Think it was cancelled. I’ll have to double check his site. I still play Handle with Care from time to time, to this day.

  8. captain nemo says:

    I’d like to know what is behind it all

    • gwathdring says:

      Yes, perhaps the developer could provide some detailed commentary on the process, really strip things down and show us what’s under the surface of the project. The naked truth.

  9. strangeloup says:

    This sounds interesting! I wish the official site wasn’t frustratingly sparse and actually let me do some throwing-money-at or downloadinating.

    Also, space and male nudity are two of my favourite things, with experimental games quite often being a third, so I want all of the this.

  10. The_Great_Skratsby says:

    Goddammit Radiator still strikes a chord and their trailers, even Flatlander Woman’s brief appearance was rad too.