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Rush Bros (Mac) Review

 
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At a Glance...
 

Formats: Mac, PC
 
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Final Score
6.5
6.5/ 10


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We liked?


Trippy look and killer soundtrack.

Not so much?


Difficulty level combined with unresponsive controls gets old fast in single player mode.


Final Fiendish Findings?

If you’re looking for a single player platformer to fall in love with, this likely isn’t the game for you. Fortunately, the addictive simplicity of the multiplayer mode is enough to salvage the experience and make Rush Bros a game worth checking out for gamers looking for some fun with friends.

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Posted June 18, 2013 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

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As we enter the world of Rush Bros, we are introduced to two brightly colored DJ brothers, each determined to prove to the world that they are the best. How will they do that, you ask? Well, as you might guess from the flashing lights, the pounding bass, and the throbbing speakers – they are going to race through a mega hard platformer. *record scratch*

Everything in Rush Bros, from the excellent soundtrack to the clubby look, would have you believe that you are playing a music game. Instead, it is a platformer – but one that is music inspired. The songs that you choose subtly influence the levels that you race through, which is a pretty cool concept. Unfortunately the effect is not nearly as pronounced as it should be, but combined with the fact that you can choose from the pretty much awesome game soundtrack or your own tunes, it’s a fun hook.

As you begin the game, you are given the choice between arcade mode (the single player aspect of the game), same screen versus, or steam multiplayer. After selecting a mode, you can then choose the color of your player, as well as which level you want to play. Right from the start, you can play any level you like, but the difficulty ramps up pretty quickly so taking a chronological approach is a good idea until you get the hang of things. The game suggests you use a controller for best results, but if you don’t have one handy, you can use W, A, S, D to move and space bar to jump. Either way, the controls aren’t super responsive, which can be a little frustrating in a game where split second timing is often a must.

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In the single player arcade mode, there isn’t a whole lot to the game beyond running your way through super hard levels as fast as you can. On your own, that sadly gets old after a while. Luckily enough, the multiplayer mode makes up for that in spades, and it’s here that you’ll fall in love with the game. Grab a buddy to play multiplayer with, and the same game goes from frustrating and a bit repetitive to absolutely hilarious fun – and I really can’t pinpoint why.

The multiplayer doesn’t add anything in the way of choices really. You’ll have the same chance to select DJ color and level, and you can also choose between split screen or full screen. Then, you’re both off to tackle those still difficult levels – but somehow, in a race against each other instead of against yourself, it’s all good fun. Perhaps it is the simplicity of it, perhaps it is the simple fact that watching your friend’s character get bumped back half a level by some sneaky arrows is just plain giggle inducing awesomeness.

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Rush Bros is a game that is hard to pigeon hole. I love the vibrant, club inspired colors and graphics. The environments are colorful and cartoony, with all kinds of mind boggling traps and puzzles to work your way through and even bonus power-ups sprinkled throughout. The music – it’s the best part, really. The soundtrack that comes with the game is the sort of stuff I’d happily jam to with or without the game, and the ability to import your own music is just gravy. All of those things should add up to an instant favorite – but it just doesn’t. If you’re looking for a single player platformer to fall in love with, this likely isn’t the game for you. Fortunately, the addictive simplicity of the multiplayer mode is enough to salvage the experience and make Rush Bros a game worth checking out for gamers looking for some fun with friends.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)