Pix‘n Love Rush, a fast-paced arcade game from Bulkypix, is available in the app store. Infused with equal doses of collection and avoidance mechanics, the quick bursts of a variety of game types will keep you on your toes and your fingers at the ready.
Pix’n Love Rush Pros:
- Frantic action with a variety of gaming elements
- Terrific retro graphic design
- Great arcade soundtrack
- GameCenter integration for global leaderboards and achievements
Pix’n Love Rush Cons:
- Some issues hitting correct buttons when things get frantic
- Changing visual styles can cause momentary disorientation
Pix’n Love Rush contains just 2 game modes and no difficulty settings. At the start, you only have access to 5 Minute mode, with the not-so-simple task of surviving for 5 minutes without incurring too many deaths. Your goals are deceptively simple: collect as many coins as possible, while avoiding minus boxes, avoiding/shooting bats, and keeping your character from falling off of the screen, which will reset you back in the field of play but cost you a portion of your heart. You’ll also encounter obstacles such as crumbling platforms and solid blocks that you cannot pass through. Successfully avoiding dangers can lead to a combo bonus period. The game is broken down into more than 100 different segments which last for no more than a minute each, with some ending much quicker than that. Game segments range from side-scrolling to mazes to vertical-scrolling elements. Once you can keep your character alive through the 5 minute period, you unlock the other game mode: Infinite mode. This mode will, of course, allow you to play past the 5 minutes until you die. The focus is on high scores, which you can compare with other players on the global leaderboards.
Graphically, the retro style is quite appealing, and the constant switching up of game styles keeps things fresh. The look of each level changes often, with some looking like an original Gameboy game and others creating a psychedelic feel that can be a bit disorienting, as the yellow coins and pink enemies also change colors and blend into the background. The music is arcade bliss, fitting the gaming style very well. Controls are easy to use, with left and right arrows in the lower left corner for movements, and a jump button and fire button in the right corner. The fire button only shoots up, so you must be beneath a bat for it to be effective. While they work well, we had some issues with accurately hitting the buttons when things got frantic, as they are a bit small and spaced out.
Replay value is terrific, as practice can really help you to master the levels in order to collect maximum coinage and avoid all of the dangers, giving a huge boost to your high scores. However, these abilities only help when game segments that you are good at appear, which won’t happen as often as you’d like given the vast variety that you’ll experience in any given game. GameCenter integration allows you to compare your scores with others on the global leaderboards, as well as earn a couple dozen achievements. For $0.99, Pix’n Love Rush is a 4.5-Dimple gem that should not be passed over. Note: An iPad-specific version has just been released at a price of $2.99.
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