Plane Rush, Head Rush: What’s the Difference, Really?

Plane Rush - JTM Mobile Inc.

Price: $.99

Plane Rush Video App Review


If you’re willing to overlook the fact that any pilot could be so negligent as to fly through a cave, Plane Rush, by developer JTM Mobile, offers a rush of difficult but entertaining gameplay that will have you bouncing off the walls—literally.

Reviewed By: Luke Patrick

How Does it Work?

The gameplay mechanic at the heart of Plane Rush is certainly nothing new—perhaps a dozen other apps in the AppStore feature the same “race down a corridor dodging obstacles and walls” play. And indeed, that is exactly what’s offered here. In Plane Rush you pilot a small airplane that winds its way down a long cave, dodging stalactites and stalagmites (good on you, if you can remember which is which) as well as traps and floating rocks. The game makes excellent use of the iPhone’s tilt controls, allowing you to fly up and down, as well as back and forth: Admittedly, I never found much use for going back and forth, other than to shy away from the onslaught of the Unknown. You can also tap the screen to fire, eliminating rocks with one shot and traps with two. All in all, what Plane Rush lacks in innovation it makes up for in sturdy, consistently entertaining gameplay. This is a well-made app that features classic gameplay.

How is the Design?

Plane Rush

Despite the fact that what Plane Rush offers is nothing new, I don’t think it harms the game much. The excellent tilt functionality does add some fresh air to an old idea, and I can’t recall ever seeing the cave metaphor in other apps. The art style and presentation of the game are top-notch as well. Good graphics, combined with Open Feint integration and a local leader board make this a easy-on-the-eyes bundle.

However, I do wish the developers had added just a bit more to the mix. The more I played Plane Rush, the more I felt the goal was to advance bit by bit my previous high score. Instead, I would have liked to see a consistent difficulty throughout with new additions along the way: Things like boss fights, for example, or a change in scenery after so many points. This would make the game feel less claustrophobic, and certainly more fun.

How is it for a Bargain?

Priced at the ever-sweet one dollar range, Plane Rush is hard to argue with. It offers a lot of quality gameplay, even though you might feel the app is a bit short. Combined with quality design and addictive score-logging, Plane Rush will certainly please, and there’s always the chance that later updates will bring more content. In the meantime, this is a fun app that, when its excellent price is considered, rightfully deserves a (small) chunk of your AppStore cash.

Plane Rush iPhone app [ iTunes Link ] requires iOS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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