Review: 'Rush Bros.'
Rush Bros. screenshot. (XYLA Entertainment / July 3, 2013)
Ever wondered what it would be like to race around inside a music visualizer? Well, wonder no more because that's exactly what "Rush Bros.," a platform racing game from developer XYLA Entertainment, hopes to achieve. In this game, you jump, slide and avoid obstacles, all to the beat of the music. The game features both local and online competitive multiplayer where the music that's playing directly affects the pace of the game and how the obstacles and puzzles of the map react.
Featuring select tracks from international DJ sensation Infected Mushroom, "Rush Bros." boasts an impressive soundtrack to accompany its 41 levels. Quite possibly the biggest draw, however, is the ability to add your own custom music and soundtracks, so if you're in the mood for something with a heavy guitar riff or want to change it up with some oldies, then the choice is always there. Aside from this feature, "Rush Bros." has a hard time maintaining its longevity.
Visually, the game is bright and vibrant with a wide range of colors that work well with the cel-shaded style of the characters and backdrops. The concept is really cool overall; however, the level designs can be hit or miss, with some making for unique racing platforms, while others I found to be difficult to even figure out. Game modes include Arcade and Remix, with Arcade being standard racing in either single player or multiplayer, and Remix allowing access to a fast-forward mode that speeds up gameplay.
Tight controls and controller support help the gameplay stand out and make it much more accessible to keep up with the fast-paced speed of the game. The addition of local and online multiplayer keeps it fresh and fun to play with friends. The ability to change music on the fly helps change the pace, but at the end of the day, the gameplay wears thin quickly and offers little in terms of variety and replay value.
Unless the song chosen is upbeat, it is often hard to notice a difference in how the level as a whole is affected. Coupled with very standard race features, like collecting a key to open doors or avoiding traps, each level is pretty much the same thing in a different skin and can get rather repetitive.
Despite its bright visual flair and excellent soundtrack, "Rush Bros." as a whole has a hard time maintaining interest for very long and quickly devolves into your standard platform racing game with little innovation. XYLA Entertainment also plans to expand the universe with new level packs, game modes and more within the coming months. The game is currently available on Steam for Mac and Windows PC for $9.99 or in a 2-pack for $14.99.
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