Fresh from covering the Anime Mid-Atlantic event for Allgames.com, Ms. H welcomes everyone to the show with a promise to fill listeners in with more details of the event during her next show -- due to time constraints. She also wishes everyone a happy "after Father's Day." She reviews Knytt Underground and Sonic the Hedgehog Tennis video games....
If you would like to play a fun, energetic, competitive type video game, then you may want to play Rush Bros. In the multiplayer mode, you play against your friends and find out just who is the better player. Rush Bros. is essentially a platform racing game, where your video game character travels and avoids or conquers several obstacles before reaching the finish. The gameplay consists of about 40 levels, with you as the video game player choosing the specific level you want to play. You do not have to traverse each level in sequence -- you have the freedom to choose whichever level you prefer to play. There is also a survival and fast forward mode where the gameplay is basically the same; however, your character will move more quickly.
Before I get into the specific gameplay, lets talk about some preliminaries. Rush Bros. is a PC/Mac game, so it is playable on either the PC or the Mac. I played this video game on my Mac, and did not experience any problems having the game added to my Steam library for gameplay. So it goes without saying that before you play this game, you must already have a Steam account or be prepared to set one up. I'm thinking that if you are an avid video game player, whether you play games on your favorite consoles, PC or Mac -- that you more than likely already have a Steam account. If not, why not set one up so you can play Rush Bros. with your friends?
A big part of video games in addition to gameplay is the graphics. This game did not disappoint in this area. I believe you will enjoy the bright graphics as well as the colorful backgrounds as you play the different levels of this game. Even though Rush Bros is a racing game -- the race to the finish may not be as simple as you may think. On your way, hopefully to victory, you will encounter spikes and other obtacles that you have to avoid if you want to clinch the win.
Need help in getting to that next higher structure while you are racing? Simply, use the springs to propel your character to the next higher height. If the springs do not do the trick, then you may have to scale the side of the structure before jumping over the spikes to continue your journey for the win. My points here are there are a multitude of ways to move your character along the platform.
You may say to me -- "Well, that's all good, Ms. H, but were there any negatives about this game?" My response would be the positives of this game outweigh the negatives -- but there were some. When I loaded the game and saw the graphics on the main page, I thought this would be basically a music game. I saw two figures wearing sunglasses who appeared to be DJs. And what do DJs do? Among other things, they play music. So I was getting excited about playing some sort of music game. However, that was not to be the case. Music is a big part of this game -- in fact, you can change the music to listen to different tracks as you play the game. However, music is more of a by-product of the game -- instead of being intricately woven into the gameplay -- at least on the parts of this game that I played. Once the gameplay started, the music was more of a backdrop to the game itself.
I'm not sure if this was a glitch in the game; however, while trying to get my character through a maze of blocks, I got him actually stuck in a block -- and he could not get out. Try as I may -- the little figure stayed in the confines of the block until the challenger, of course, obviously won the race, since I could not get my character out of the block.
Another possible glitch is at one time during gameplay, I stopped pushing buttons during the game; however, the figure continued to run back and forth across the screen. Mind you, this was a character that should have been following my directional commands -- but that was not the case. He kept moving along, without me pushing nary a button.
There was also what I would call a "tedious" part of the game. The gameplay involved the character needing a key to open certain doors. In order to get the key, the character had to backtrack over areas that had already been covered to retrieve the key -- and then go back to the door with the key to open it. I found this part of the game to be tedious, because I felt that I made progress in getting to the door that required a key -- only to find out that I had to sometimes retrace my steps to get the key and return back to the door to open it. Some may see this as a way to win the race, especially if your challenger is not fast at locating and using the key; however, I found it tedious to go back and forth in this game. My suggestion would be to position the key at a checkpoint that is very close to the door to be opened instead of having the player to retrace his or her steps.
From a PC/Mac playing standpoint, versus the video game consoles, i.e. the current Xbox 360, and the PS3, I had to get accustomed to using either the directional arrows or the specific alphabet keys to move the character. In my opinion, this game would be more enjoyable to play using a controller instead of the keyboard. In fact, I believe it is recommended that a controller be used along with your PC or Mac. Unfortunately, during the game, in my zeal to win, my fingers would sometimes become overly taxed, as I pounded the keys to move the character. Thankfully, my fingers returned back to normal after I stopped playing the game. Of course, you may or may not experience this discomfort while playing the game.
Now back to the positives. I liked getting co-op help on certain parts of the game via challenger on Skype. I also liked the upbeat music that played during the gameplay, as well as the different environments that changed with each level.
Sounds like a video game you would like to play? If so, you can play Rush Bros. now since it is available on Steam for the PC and Mac.
Rush Bros. was released on May 24, 2013 by Xyla Entertainment.