A bit of history for you. In 1996, {{Squaresoft}} (now Square-Enix) released ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', a phenomenally successful {{RPG}} for the Super Nintendo. A sequel to ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' was in the works for a while, but not in the way people might have expected. Rather than another console RPG, the sequel surfaced in the Japan-only {{Satellaview}} add-on for the SNES. This little device allowed players to download content and games, in a remarkably prescient precursor to [[DownloadableContent current trends]] for home consoles, over ten years later.

One of the games Square released for the Satellaview was ''VisualNovel/RadicalDreamers'': Nusumenai Houseki (The Unstealable Jewel). This is actually a VisualNovel, with mainly ambient music and dark, mysterious background images. Although there are no controls other than hitting the A button to select choices, there is a sort of pseudo-battle system involved, where the player must select actions to battle enemies, despite not having any visible HitPoints. It is possible to die this way. (And other ways as well.)

The story involves a trio of bandits, the titular Radical Dreamers, consisting of Serge, the protagonist, who follows Kid, a young girl with a short temper, and Magil, a mysterious magician, as they break into Viper Manor, home of the imposing Lord Lynx, on a quest to steal a treasure called the Frozen Flame. On the surface, it has nothing whatsoever to do with ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'', except that we later find that [[spoiler:Magil is actually Magus from CT, on his search for Schala]]. Yasunori Mitsuda, who composed the much-lauded soundtrack to CT, also composed the music for ''VisualNovel/RadicalDreamers''.

Fast-forward four years to 2000 when Square's PlayStation era was well underway. A full-blown sequel was announced for the PSX, called ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''. However, rather than being a brand-new game, it built off of elements from ''VisualNovel/RadicalDreamers''. This included plenty of [[ShoutOut shout outs]], such as Viper Manor, Lynx, and the Frozen Flame, and lots of remixed music, including the main theme (which became the Alternate Universe theme, as opposed to the ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' main theme which was the Home Universe theme). The [[WordOfGod creators]] have said that RD is a sort of (yet another) [[GaidenGame alternate dimension]] to the {{Canon}} ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''. In fact, in Chronopolis the party can actually find a terminal that repeats the introduction to RD verbatim and the characters comment on it. In addition, the ending theme is called "Radical Dreamers: Le Tresor Interdit", a rough translation of the full title of the original.

RD contains one "main" story and, once it's finished, the ability to branch it off into seven [[SchrodingersGun wildly different]] stories which range from poignant to ridiculous.

Three years later, in 2003, a fan translation was created, allowing English-speakers to play Radical Dreamers for the first time on an emulator. The translators did their best to keep as many ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' aspects as they could, including the English names and Kid's Australian accent.

More info on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radical_Dreamers The Other Wiki]].
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!!''Radical Dreamers'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* ACupAngst: Never comment on how small Kid's breasts are or you'll suffer the consequences.
* AccidentalPervert: In the main storyline, Serge pulls Kid behind cover in the library as a guard approaches, accidentally feeling her up in the process and putting her face dangerously close to his for a few moments.
* ActionGirl: Kid
* AliensAndMonsters: [[LongTitle The SuperXtreme Alphacosmos Police Case EX Ultra]] scenario.
* AlternateUniverse: It is briefly implied in ''Chrono Cross'' that the events of ''Radical Dreamers'' took place in an alternate dimension.
* AnimatedActors: Again, part of the weirdness of the [[LongTitle The SuperXtreme Alphacosmo...]] ah, that scenario.
* ApocalypticLog: What the book Serge is writing turns out to be if you get a game over.
* BerserkButton: See ACupAngst.
* {{Bishounen}}: Magil, as revealed in one of the side stories available in NewGamePlus. Even the (male) protagonist is stunned.
* BodyHorror: The atrium in the Shea's Light scenario... *shrugs*
* BroadStrokes: Replaced by VideoGame/ChronoCross as the official sequel, but the Chronopolis Computer implies the events of the VN still happened.
* TheAtoner: Radius
* CanonDiscontinuity: Averted in an unusual way - due to the ''Chrono'' multiverse containing a nigh-infinite number of possible realities, ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' relegates the events of ''Radical Dreamers'' to an alternate dimension.
* CouldntFindAPen
* CreativeClosingCredits: Depending on the scenario, aspects of the credits may change - the birds may become UFOs, or one or more of the heroes might be missing from the cliff shot.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Significantly so compared to ''Chrono Trigger'', paving the way for ''Chrono Cross'' to inherit a similar tone.
* DeathTrap
* DemBones
* [[spoiler:DidNotGetTheGirl: In the main storyline, Kid bids you goodbye and runs off in another direction.]]
* EldritchAbomination: The Mandora Monster [[spoiler:after it gets fused with Kid.]]
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: [[spoiler:Lynx, in the scenario in which he's an alien.]]
* ExpositionBeam: [[spoiler:The Chrono Trigger and the Frozen Flame combined powers allowed Kid to remember her life as Schala.]]
* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence: Many of the battle scenes are described in surprisingly graphic detail.
* FanTranslation: From Japanese to English, from English to French and German.
* FramingDevice
* {{Goblins}}
* GoldenEnding: [[spoiler: At least two scenarios have their own, separate golden endings, alongside one to two other bad endings.]]]
* GratuitousFrench: The title, and some of the in game menus are in french for no particular reason.
* TheGrimReaper: Lilith and [[spoiler:Magil, at least in the Shadow Realm scenario.]]
* HandInTheHole: The Mouth of Truth.
* HauntedCastle: Viper Manor. Hands down.
* HealingPotion
* HeartwarmingOrphan: Kid.
* HumongousMecha: Mecha-Lynx from the Paradise X scenario.
* InsaneEqualsViolent: Averted. Radius has clearly lost his marbles, but he's not violent at all.
* InTheHood: Serge.
* [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes Keep Circulating The Rom]]: A necessity for a game that was only released in Japan, for an obscure Super Famicom Add-on.
* LethalJokeItem: [[LongTitle The Martian Forest League Concealed Lesser Arm...Arma..Armamen]]... uh, the bunny.
* LockedDoor
* MadnessMantra: The old man in the jail kept mumbling and asking for forgiveness.
* MagicMirror: There's one in Viper Manor.
* {{Magitek}}: The Hyper Magic Cannon.
* ManEatingPlant: The sunflower plant in one of the alternate stories.
* MasterOfIllusion: Gange.
* NestedStory: The stories you have to tell to Esmeld, which are told inside the Radical Dreamers story which is being read by Serge's grandson from his grandfather's diary.
* NobodyHereButUsBirds: Too bad Kid doesn't know what a "heckran" sounds like...
* NoExportForYou
* NonstandardGameOver: Verging on an alternate bad ending, though it doesn't unlock the other scenarios the first time through. If you fail to save kid at the end of the initial scenario, rather than the usual ending theme playing over the credits, Star Stealing Girl is heard instead, and none of the three heroes will be standing on the cliff as the birds fly by.
* NostalgicNarrator: "Do you still remember...? How we first met, and all of our adventures since... It all seems like such a dream nowadays... You were a piece of a star that fell from the sky..."
* NothingIsScarier: A lot of the atmosphere comes from this.
* OminousPipeOrgan: in the ballroom, accompanied with a music track special for it.
* OrphansPlotTrinket: Kid carries a couple of these, more importantly [[spoiler: the Chrono Trigger.]]
* PiranhaProblem
* ProperLady: Riddel
* PlantPerson: The Mandora monster.
* PlotLock: Not even our infamous thieves seem to be able to open a locked door without the key...unless the particular scenario doesn't require you to look for the key.
* PluckyGirl: Kid
* PosthumousNarration: If you die in the game, Serge's diary ends with the words "And so, I died."
* ThePowerOfLove: This is the only thing that can reverse Kid back to normal in the Sunflower scenario.
* PowerTrio: Kid is the Id, Magil the Super Ego and Serge the poor guy trapped in the middle.
* RelationshipValues: One is kept for Kid, which you can gauge by how she reacts to Serge after battles.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Kid is Schala and Magil is Magus.]]
* SchrodingersGun: To an epic extent in the alternate stories. Characters wind up being revealed as completely different people, etc.
* SatisfiedStreetRat: Kid's quite proud of her reputation as a thief.
* ShoutOut: The books in the library are full of them, with references to ''{{Dune}}'', ''Literature/TheGunslinger'', ''TheSilenceOfTheLambs'', ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', and others.
* [[spoiler:StarCrossedLovers: Kid and Serge, in the main story.]]
* SoulJar: Magil's white jewel in the Kid and the Sunflower scenery
* SpacePolice: The Universal Detective Mick Van Jovi.
* StorybookOpening: It all starts with Serge's grandson opening his grandfather's diary. [[spoiler:As with other examples of this trope, it all ends with the diary closing too.]]
* StupidSexyFlanders: Magil under his mask, very much so, at least in the Kid and the Sunflower scenario. When Serge accidentally knocks the mask off he ends up being captivated by Magil's beauty for a minute, even though they're in the middle of a fight against what's probably the most powerful opponent in any scenario of the game with Kid's life in mortal danger.
* TimeTravel: [[spoiler:Schala travelled to the current era as Kid. Technically, because she was turned into a baby and sent back in time by the power of the Frozen Flame, it could also count as both {{Reincarnation}} and FountainOfYouth]].
* TreasureRoom
* TrueLovesKiss: In the Sunflower scenario, this is one of the ways to stop the Kid!Flower. The other way is to stab her with a dagger that kills her, but preserves her soul. [[spoiler:Play the battle just right (or wrong), and Serge gets stabbed with the dagger, but still manages to kiss her.]]
* TwoGuysAndAGirl
* {{Unobtainium}}: The Frozen Flame and [[spoiler: the Chrono Trigger]].
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Sister]]: The reason Kid bears a grudge on Lynx.
* YouLoseAtZeroTrust: The only things determining your survival at the end of the main scenario are how quickly you can press the A button, and if or if not Kid is fond of you.
* YasunoriMitsuda
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