- Fun platform mechanics with plenty of levels
- Cross-platform support with PC and Mac head to head
- Wow colours bright light
- Custom playlist
- Fun in short bursts only
Side-scrolling platformer on an acid trip, Rush Bros. represents everything you need to travel from A to B as fast as you can with as much bass as possible. Brought to us via the highly successful Steam Green Light, this indie title not only provides 41 single player levels, but also competitive split-screen or online head to head action with PC and Mac cross platform support. It’s fast, and very jumpy.
The level elements presents obstacles and rebounding surfaces off walls to get to where you need to be. In most situations, there’s not much time to pause to analyse what you need to do next unlike Thomas Was Alone. Instead, most actions are instinctual and it helps that you can grasp the basic mechanics fairly quickly. The layout can involve not only going forward, up or down, but also you may have to backtrack to previously visited areas to progress. If you capture your Ghost, you can race against yourself to beat previous times. The Survival and Fast-Forward game modes are interesting, in particular Fast-Forward. As if the game wasn’t seemingly rapid enough, the developers have added an extra pseudo 150 frames per second to the game because you know it’s just not quite fast enough by default.
This game is epilepsy friendly but perhaps not retina burn friendly. It is insanely neontastic with a certain retro feel from circa 1985. It goes well with the soundtrack which coincidentally you can change. The experience alters considerably when going from 2 Unlimited-esque techno techno techno, to Tchaikovsky’s 1814 Overture. Classical music somehow works, in an almost surreal fashion. Unfortunately there is no FLAC support, but OGG and MP3 collections can be used. The multiplayer aspects of the game is where it truly shines, time competitions with a friend introduces more opportunities to make costly mistakes along the way. Be prepared to mash some keys on your keyboard.
Obvious inspirations were drawn from Daft Punk, with the two characters looking similar to the French duo. I highly recommend adding Justice and Daft Punk tunes to your custom playlist while playing. Rush Bros is one of those games you can pick up and drop at any time, which is perfect for lunch breaks. I particularly like the idea of cross platform play with PC and Mac, a feature that is being more widely adopted within the Steam community. Coupled with sounds from Infected Mushroom, it’s a thumpingly fun time in short bursts. Rush Bros is out now on Steam for £6.99.