Simple but effective. That’s the way they used to do it in the good old days, and that’s how Pix’n Love Rush does it here on the iPhone.
In Pix’n Love Rush, the aim is to collect coins marked with a '+' sign, while avoiding those marked with a '-'. Along the way you’ll encounter bats, some of which are stationary, some of which scroll from side to side. Very occasionally you’ll come across angels; points are lost if you shoot them or if bats collide with them. Oh, and don’t fall off the edge of the screen. That’s literally all there is to the game. And it’s brilliant.
Pix’n Love Rush is largely a visual experience. One of the first things you’ll notice is that everything in the foreground – the main sprite, the bats, the coins, the platforms – is comprised of charming old-school pixels. It’s tremendously effective. But it doesn’t end there. As a reward for stringing together large combos, the art style changes. There’s the striking red-soaked screen in the style of Nintendo’s Virtual Boy. Keep the combo going a little longer and it’s like playing Pix’n Love Rush on the original Game Boy. Take a bump, and you’ll revert to the previous style. There are four in total, and they all look great.
In Pix’n Love Rush’s main mode, the aim is to survive for just five minutes, while racking up as large a score as possible. Completing this unlocks infinity mode. Despite the relatively short play time and lack of game modes, you’ll find yourself coming back to Pix’n Love Rush time and time again. The levels fly by at a frantic pace, and you’ll inevitably become familiar with them after a handful of plays. But fear not, Pix’n Love Rush throws the levels at you in a random order, so it never feels stale.
The controls are suitably simple. You can move left and right; there’s one button to shoot and another to jump. Easy. My only gripe is that the shoot button is slightly farther to the left than I instinctively expect. Occasionally I find myself missing the button entirely, but hey – that’s probably just me.
Summary: An unashamedly retro game, Pix’N Love Rush might not hold your attention for hours on end, but it’s one you’ll keep coming back to. Ideal when you find yourself sitting down for five minutes (please don’t make me spell it out).
- Old-school Nintendoesque graphics
- Simple but effective gameplay
- Perfect for short bursts
- Lack of game modes
- Levels become familiar
- Where's the shoot button?
Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.1 or later.
Price: £0.59 iPhone/iPod touch, £1.19 iPad (Pix’n Love Rush DX) @ Appstore