Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure Reviews

Smokey Joh
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Smokey Joh
TA Score for this game: 1,666
Posted on 29 November 17 at 10:13, Edited on 10 December 17 at 03:08
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Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure Review

Growing up with games as they were, was very trial and error. No hand holding, arcade ports that basically said: Git Gud. After having children of my own I have always been looking out for games that may help foster that love of games like I had. The problem I found is that smaller kids (my son is 4) just don’t have the sticking power with those old platformers and the like. Rush however, takes away the brutal punishment and adds characters and worlds that kids enjoy, along with competent platforming and a decent amount of things for kids to do.

The premise is that You are the new kid going to the Pixar theme park. Other kids are playing in the world hub areas and as you approach them they start telling you their imaginative story involving the characters of each of the 6 worlds: Finding Dory, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Toy Story and Up. Then you dive into that world and help the characters in a series of linear straightforward quests. Some involve running or sliding to the next point, some have you falling through the air, some in a car or plane. Each one has a linear path that branches and has hidden passages, and as you go through you collect coins that add to the points total at the end of the level. The total coin points are used to unlock new abilities (eg a missile that unlocks areas) and characters (that you can ask for help with Y button), new level goals (to aim at for more score) and new levels (for a total of 17). This lends to some replayability for each level and depending on score you can win bronze/silver/gold/platinum medals as well which drives those score hungry young ones (or dads). The best part is that the only punishment is losing coins, and even if you have none, the game doesn't kick you out or force a restart. You just take the hit and keep going, which takes the stress from the kids and let's them play naturally. It shows them where they can go with the coin placement in the level and lets that be the carrot on the stick.

Each level is surprisingly well thought out and looks spot on in each universe. From the kindy chase in Toy Story to the tokyo level in Cars, each one looks like it could belong in one of the franchise films. The lighting and textures are great, the animations are fine and the sound effects spot on. The background work is spot on too, especially in the Finding Dory levels. They don't use the original voices, but you can hardly notice and the kids won't at all. The only time it gets choppy is when the kids are explaining their story and the thought bubble runs in between, but that's because technically they are rendering both worlds at once.

After trying Rayman and even Mario with my 4yr old, I have been really surprised by how effective Rush was with him, and at the quality of the game itself. It is a great hassle free game for kids and adults alike, all while introducing them to the world of video games, through worlds they already know. Highly recommended for those with kids from 3 and up.
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TA Score for this game: 650
Posted on 09 August 18 at 14:17
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I recently came to this game because of Xbox Game pass and I have to say that Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure is a mixed bag. I was looking for a game to play with my six year old son and the Disney and Pixar brand made this an easy sell (for me) as my son is familiar with many of the properties (with the exception of UP which I have not shown him). It made it easy for him to enter this world and play given his familiarity with it, and he was constantly asking me if we can play this world or that world again because he wanted to see the characters again. He especially enjoyed the Cars and Ratatouille levels, which are creative and fun. So if you have small children who know the movies I can recommend this game for that fact alone.

Fun factor - although this game is not without it's faults, it is fun, especially for smaller children. The levels look like the movies and the game makes a decent attempt at conveying some of that Pixar magic. Also, the levels are mostly just mini-games so they can be played as you see fit, though you do have to unlock some of the levels from the Hub, but it is as easy as playing the level and completing it. I will admit that I played this game on my own when my son went to bed so it must have been fun for me to keep playing. 7/10

Graphics: The graphics in this game are generally solid in that they look like the Pixar movies and that is what you want with a license. To be clear, these are not going to compete with Pixar's best effots or tax your hardware but they are solid enough graphics in that they are colorful and cartoony. There are a few levels where the graphics are a bit muddy and/or buggy - the end of the Ratatouille sewer level bugged out every time for me but all in all it was good enough that I wanted to see more. 7/10

Sound design - the sounds are generally good in this game, though it is quite obvious that it is not the celebrities doing some of the voices. The Tom Hank's impression for Woody is clearly someone trying to do a Tom Hank's impression. With that being said, I enjoyed going back to experience some of these "movies" again as done in a video game. I just had to remind myself that in some instances I was listening to an impression and that was ok. 7/10

Controls: Thankfully I played this game without the Kinect so I cannot comment on how the Kinect works but it is wired for the Kinect. If you have a kinect you now have a game you can actually use it for and you can even scan in yourself to make a cartoony representation of you. As for the game pad, the controls are decent but not perfect and the platforming is a big buggy. However, if an adult is playing with a child, some of the levels can be beaten once one person completes the level so there is no worry about the child getting hung up and frustrated (like can happen with some of the older LEGO games). However, some of the levels require cooperation and this can be tougher if one person falls behind. All in all, I had fun playing this but the responsiveness was not always perfect. 6/10

Achievements - this is why we are on this site so there needs to be a comment about them. They are relatively easy but they are also buggy. I had multiple instances where an achievement did not pop until well after the fact. For instance, the platinum achievement required me to obtain 2 or 3 platinum medals before it popped for the first platinum medal. Notwithstanding this gripe, the achievements are fun just be prepared to either wait for some or question why it did not pop. 6/10

Overall: I would rate this game a 6.5/10. It is a fun game for an adult, but an even better game if you have young children to share it with. It is not Pixar magic but it is solid, especially if you can find it on sale or if you have Game Pass.
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