Mad Rush: iPhone App Video Review
We aren’t sure why, but Mad Rush, by developer Krivorukoff, reminds us a lot of the old cartoon Rocket Power. Maybe it’s the rocketing protagonist that has us waxing nostalgic, or perhaps the competitive tree of devilishly angry enemies. Either way, we can’t help but adore the app’s graphical style, inventive gameplay, and pulse-pounding races. If you’re a fan of tunnel racers on any platform, Mad Rush will fill an itch you weren’t even aware you had—As for the one you did know about, we’d see a doctor.
Concept and Functionality
As mentioned, Mad Rush bears a lot of similarities to traditional tunnel racers, in the sense that the player is given a more-or-less top-down perspective of the protagonist as he hurtles across an obstacle-studded landscape. Players must tilt the iPhone left or right, utilizing the in-built accelerometer to guide their avatar’s progress. They will be, of course, battling for the prize of first place, as they square off against mean competitor after mean competitor. These races are thinly glued together via a vague plot about an alien invasion and an absent father: We wouldn’t worry about it, as you’ll be too focused on the rockets to notice.
Each level within Mad Rush features a single opponent that must be beaten in three different races. These races essentially amount to game modes, including a slalom contest, a brute force race, and an incredibly fun speed mode. Obviously we preferred the latter, but each must be conquered before the stage is cleared. This, combined with 10 unique levels, adds up to an impressively expansive experience. However, we are a bit concerned about repetition, as the game features the same elements over and over. There is an upgrades system to spice up the lot, but we feel as if the title might not be for everyone, addictive nature aside.
Graphics and Controls
What we can’t knock, however, are the game’s unbelievably good looking graphics. Mad Rush is cartoony to be sure, but we hardly cared, as it looks like Raymond: Raving Rabbits in the palm of our hand. The levels themselves are gorgeous, as are the constructional elements, to boot. It’s clear that a lot of thought and effort has been put into the title’s presentation, and the end result positively shines. However, we would like to see joystick controls, even though the accelerometer worked like a charm.
Considering Mad Rush costs a scant dollar in the App Store, and can be used as a Universal offering, we find the title incredibly hard not to recommend. It’s fun, entertaining, and endlessly rapid. If you’re a fan of racing titles, tunnel racers, or just edgy, street-themed apps about rabbits with rockets, Mad Rush is your new best mate, hands down.
Mad Rush requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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