Combining brain teasing puzzles with an interactive Rubik Cube, Rush is like a single player Chu Chu Rocket. Instead of concentrating on directing a higher quantity to your goal, the objective is to simply complete a puzzle with accuracy using a specific amount of pieces.
There are two gameplay modes to Rush. The first will have the player laying down different directional arrows, conveyor belts and teleporters to guide moving boxes from Point A to Point B without succumbing to a hazard. Starting off easy, the difficult really ramps up as soon as you hit the medium difficulty and will definitely twist brains. Each stage poses a unique challenge as each stage is shaped differently and can even be spread out through multiple tiers. Using the Wii Remote’s IR pointer makes gameplay a breeze and the user friendly green arrow icon allows the player to quickly restart a level if a mistake has been made.
This simple game design is worthy of a 600 Nintendo Point purchase ($6), but there are just a couple minor complaints. First, once the puzzle has been figured out, sometimes it seems like it takes a bit too long to see the congratulations screen just because multiple boxes continue to pour out of the beginning spawn point. I guess the game basically wants to display a little show for the player. Secondly, because the camera can be rotated in any direction, it can sometimes be a little difficult to judge which way blocks will travel once they hit a wall. You think they will bounce to the right, only to find out that you rotated the camera so they now bounce the other way. Some type of a true North or direction compass could have been helpful. And although the camera can be rotated and moved in any direction, it is a shame not to be able to zoom in and out.
The other mode to Rush is a virtual Rubik’s Cube. Using the Wii Remote’s IR pointer, the player can attempt to complete this ancient puzzle. There are even different difficulties, including a starter 4×4 cube. One aspect that makes Rush so unique is the ability to upload your fastest Rubik’s Cube completion times to the online WiFi leaderboards. For some, just completing the Rubik’s Cube will be an accomplishment enough; beating your friend’s fastest time is another great bonus.
With simple graphics and musical soundtrack, Rush’s $6 price point is justified. The controls are quite solid too, but being able to zoom in and out could have been nice but isn’t totally necessary. While there is no multiplayer mode, the online leaderboards is a great way to show the world that you actually completed a Rubik’s Cube puzzle. With nearly 80 levels of increasing difficulty, Rush will promise to bend your brain for several hours.
Better Than: buying a real Rubik’s Cube
Also Try: Chu Chu Rocket
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