Rush Bros is a 2d platform/racer where you play as one of two brothers settling their musical differences through the medium of interpretive racing. That last bit might not be true, but it’s all the justification needed for this fast-paced, dubstep fueled platformer/racer hybrid.
The two brothers, Treble and Bass, are indie producers of drum and bass and dubstep respectively, and the soundtrack massively reflects this. The fast pace of the music matches the pace of the gameplay with traps and jumps appearing thick and fast, and often unexpectedly. The pace of the music has a direct impact on the levels you’re sprinting your way through. In a way it’s a similar concept to Audiosurf you can import your own music into the game and the levels adapt to the pace and rhythm of whatever tunes you choose.
Rush Bros has some really interesting level design with no two levels exactly alike, lots of vibrant colours and a myriad of pitfalls, traps, acid pits, spikes and loads of other hazards. All of these move in time with the music you choose. The game comes with around a dozen dubstep, electro and drum and bass tracks which keep the game, and the traps, moving fast. Most of the levels have speakers as part of the scenery or levels and these also pulse in rhythm. The art style of the levels is good too, with no two the same, loads of varied future cityscape backgrounds with some really unique and quirky stages peppered throughout.
The gameplay is fairly standard for a 2d platformer, but the race element gives it a real sense of urgency lacking from others. This urgency can be quite frustrating at times, especially when getting to grips with the game. The mechanics are simple, but solid, but the lack of any sort of tutorial makes them tricky to beginners, especially combined with the pace of the game. The loading screens between levels give some hints but aside from that you’re left to figure it out on your own.
Rush Bros has both single and multiplayer modes. The single player is a simple time-trial race through levels, but the multiplayer is more entertaining. It’s purely competitive and is both online and split-screen. The online is fun, the addition of powerups that do everything from increase your speed or jump distance to flipping your opponents screen or reversing their controls bring an extra challenge. This game calls out to be played split-screen and is designed with that in mind. It’s compatible with Steams Big Picture mode and encourages you to use a controller or gamepad, though it’s not unplayable without. The more I played, the more I wanted to go back to try and beat my time.
This is a fun, quirky platformer which would be great for split-screen couch play. The fast pace, the vibrant backgrounds and the ability to add in your own music makes this a great game to play with a few friends. If you’re in the market for a fast paced, fun platformer this is worth looking into.
Rush Bros Is Available Now Via Steam For Just £6.29