You bring your music, Rush Bros will bring the flash.

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by TRACY-MARK GORGAS / Special contributor to NWCN.com

NWCN.com

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 11 at 8:29 PM

Do you like platforming games, but wish they were flashier? Like going to the club, but wish you could take your gaming system too?  Rush Bros is your answer. It's a fast action platformer that has a “rave club” theme going on.
 
The big draw for the game is the ability to use your own music as the soundtrack.  The music does affect some of the dangers in the levels, making them behave differently.  The problem is that is about the only draw for the game.  The single player portion gives you 40 levels of platforming fun, but you'll blow through those pretty quickly. After that, the only challenge is to better your times.  The basic controls are easy to pick up, but never explained in the game, imagine my surprise when after quite a few levels in I discover other moves beyond the basic left, right, and jump.  The slide and power jump would have been nice to know about earlier in the game!

There is also a two player game.  This can be played split-screen offline or full-screen online. These become races to see who can get to the end first.  Along with the regular dangers of spikes, blades, and saws there are power downs that effect your opponent.  They range from simply slowing them down, to completely reversing all of their controls.

The visuals are best described as a cell-shaded rave club meets hard angular animation from Cartoon Network.  The default music fits the visuals like a glove; it's when you start using your own music things can go a bit off track.  Johnny Cash in a rave club just does not work.

While initially fun, both the single and multiplayer get old quickly.  Competitiveness and smack talk can make the multiplayer fun last longer, but only just. Rush Bros isn't bad, but it isn't great either.  I give it middle of the road 3 out of 5.

Rush Bros is availble now on Steam for Windows PC or Mac.  For more information see the Rush Bros web site.

 

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