Title: Rush Rover
Developer: Ratalaika Games
Publisher: Ratalaika Games
Genre: Action, Shooter
Platform: PS4 & PS Vita
Age Rating: PEGI 7
Release Date: 08/04/2020
Price: £3.99 – Rapid Reviews was very kindly provided with a review code for this title.
Rush Rover from Ratalaika Games is about a little mining rover that has somehow avoided formatting and is now standing up for its independence against powerful robots, who want to rule all robots in this unknown future galaxy. It is a typical David vs Goliath story played out with robots, in the future with lasers, so maybe not typical.
Ratalaika Games are known for publishing games that offer easy trophies, normally stackable with Vita version. This means the games are pretty affordable and normally a quick play. A number of my platinum trophies have come from them for site reviews. However, don’t look at their games as just your next platinum as there are some great fun titles with lots to offer.
Rush Rover is a typical twin-stick shooter with a top-down view in an 8-bit pixel art style. The future is bleak, so the only real colour comes from the yellow enemy robots and your lasers. The game randomly generates the maps so no two playthroughs will be the same. It will stop you from remembering enemy placement for an easy ride. This comes with the slight announcing that once you die, that is it, and you will start over in a whole new designed map.
The game is split up into different level areas filled with enemies. You must clear through the enemies before the gates open to the next area. As the map is random, you can find yourself heading into tougher areas a bit sooner than you would have liked so make sure you upgrade your items as you go. Each room has a transfer pad that allows you to jump back to older areas once the room is cleared. This is helpful as health drops stick around in previous rooms and are highlighted on the map.
As the room level increases, new enemies start to appear. There is a good mix of enemies in the game and you will need to learn their attacks to get through. Some just want to get up close and melee you, while others will shoot from a distance. Each enemy has a different design but all you will see is a yellow wall of enemies. Every now and then you will come across a boss room. Just a big enemy that is going to take a lot of shots to kill.
There is an upgrade system for your mining rover; no idea where this mining bot got all these weapons from though. As you clear rooms you collect currency to upgrade different elements of your bot. You can increase weapon strength, improve mobility or increase your ammo. Skill slots can be filled by picking up items as you progress through the different areas. This isn’t explained too well but it is simple enough to do without a tutorial.
Rush Rover is a well put together game that is easy to jump in and play. You are likely to finish this game in a couple of hours, and will probably get the Platinum even faster. The art style will not be for everyone and some may struggle with the random level generation. However, the game plays well and is probably best enjoyed on the Vita.
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You can purchase Rush Rover from the PlayStation Store.