Rush Bros is a unique 2D racing platformer that uses music to generate traps and their behavior. Best played multiplayer, Rush Bros is able to add something different to the Steam library of not only music driven games, but platformers as well. The game isn’t very long and the replay value is hidden in the multiplayer, trying different songs on different levels is an interesting experience.
Rush Bros is an arcade game. It is meant to be played in your spare time quickly and with a healthy amount of entertainment. I would like to think of it as a PC equivalent of Angry Birds but without the pretentious presentation. There are 41 levels, but they end rather quickly due to the fast paced nature of the game. Rush Bros comes equipped with a variety of racing themed modes. The selling point is using your own music to make the level interactions unique. If you don’t have your library of tunes on your computer, there is a techno-centric soundtrack available to use.
It is hard to make a racing game these days actually worth playing. It seems like RPGs, Strategy, and Shooters are the genres that have the most flexibility. While racing games can only be done so much before they start to meld together, their gaming structure is pretty defined and it doesn’t leave too much to the imagination. Rush Bros does its best to make racing feel new and fresh. By incorporating platforming into the racing genre you are given a bigger range of options in terms of level design. Rush Bros does this brilliantly. The best part about this game is the level design. While the laser tag color scheme seems a bit retro, the level set up is very well done.
The core gameplay involves you running from one end of the level to the other jumping, sliding, and avoiding various traps, and as you progress through the game you will have to find keys to open their respective doors. Eventually, you will start backtracking through levels to unlock new areas. These levels are designed to get you thinking but not to be done well on the first playthrough. Rush Bros is very fast paced and a single death can set you back a great deal.
The music you choose changes the way levels act, not the levels themselves. Fast songs will make the traps go faster and slow songs will make the traps go slower. At least, that is what I gathered. Fast songs also tend to make the game more fun because you have the sense of urgency and badass feeling of jumping across a large gap while sliding under some spikes descending from the ceiling. The atmosphere of the game really changes depending on the songs you pick and the in game soundtrack is not too bad either.
While there is a time trial esque mode and a competitive mode, the game seems to lack a form of replayability other than beating your old scores. The lack of content is something that is also a shame. Inclusion of Steam Workshop and allowing people to create their own levels would be something that would greatly improve the replayability of this game. The arcade atmosphere and gameplay approach is what make this game worth your money. I give Rush Bros a 7.5/10. You can pick it up on Steam now.