Pix’n Love Rush in Review – Retro Gaming Done Right

Pix’n Love Rush is a splendidly fun retro game published by Bulkypix, who is also responsible for many other iPhone games, the most notable being the critically acclaimed Saving Private Sheep (TMA Review). Pix’n Love Rush is officially in the action/adventure genre, but I find it to be more of a stripped-down platformer. In the game, you play as a pixelated creature (a cat?) whose sole mission is to score points and buy cake. Let’s take a look at why this “run & jump” game is one of the more addictive games on the device.

One of Pix’n Love Rush’s main selling points is its simple (yet extremely addictive) gameplay. Its catchphrase ”Move, jump, and shoot”, essentially sums up the entire experience. Collecting the yellow plus symbols and shooting monsters will increase your combo, while running through minus signs or monsters will lower it. As long as you don’t let your combo hit 0, you just keep progressing through level after level of good ol’ fun.

Pix’n Love Rush features the standard left/right, shoot, and jump buttons that fans of Super Mario and other standard platformers have come to expect. They are generally pretty good, though the two moving buttons are a little too close together and too small for a game of this speed. As a result, players may find themselves getting frustrated until they become accustomed to the controls. This is not a major issue by any means, but it does dampen the gameplay a bit.

Once you have beaten the first gameplay mode, in which you have five minutes to score as many points as possible, an endless mode is unlocked. This is, as the name entails, just trying to get as many points as possible without the time limit. Personally, I find this second mode slightly more enjoyable, but overall the two are very similar in most respects. It would be great to see Game Center multiplayer as a future update; for now Pix’n Love Rush only supports achievements and leaderboards.

Regardless of what mode you’re playing though, there is a time limit for each level. This is very minor, and barely worth mentioning, but it would be great if they included a clock of sorts that shows just how long you have until you are teleported into the next one. It is also unfortunate that there’s no option of flipping the screen. It only lets you play with the home button on the left, thus if you’re gaming with headphones on, it can get very uncomfortable trying to hold the iPhone/iPod Touch with the earphone jack digging into your left palm.

Now, I am a sucker for any type of retro-looking game, and Pix’n Love Rush definitely hits my sweet spot. The pixelated visuals are superb, and the ever changing backgrounds and color scheme (depending on your combo multiplier and gameplay mode) works wonderfully. The game also features some nice retro tracks that, like the graphics, change with combos and modes, along with fitting pew-pew sounds.

Despite the minor gripes here and there, Pix’n Love Rush brings some incredibly addictive gameplay, gorgeous graphics, and wholesome fun to the table. If you consider yourself an iPhone gamer, or simply wish to experience one of the more unique and fun gaming experiences on the iDevice, this is a must-have to add to your app collection.

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App Summary
Title: Pix’n Love RushDeveloper: BULKYPIX
Reviewed Ver:1.2Min OS Req:4.1
Price:$0.99App Size:9.5 MB
  • Simplicity at its best
  • Stunning graphics that change with combos
  • Two modes of gameplay
  • Game Center integration
  • Just fun
  • Controls take some getting used to
  • Two modes very similar
  • No multiplayer
  • No orientation options

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This Pix’n Love Rush review was brought to you by TouchMyApps Contributor Clara Nesbitt.

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