Product Type: Sega Nintendo DS games
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Sonic Rush (DS)
Member Name: DavyMichelle
Sonic Rush (DS)
Advantages: Fun, Fast, Challenging, Great Graphics
Disadvantages: Quite Hard in Places!
Sonic Rush isn't a game that's been designed with adults in mind, but I've been happily playing away on it anyway. Really I think this is one that will appeal to a slightly wider than usual audience, purely because it stars Sonic the Hedgehog. It was my twenty-something son who actually bought this game, and I think it was mainly in a fit of nostalgia. Sonic was THE Mega Drive and Game Gear character back when my kids were little, and video games started to become a mainstream thing.
This game is played on the Nintendo DS, which seems a little funny at first considering that Nintendo are old rivals of Sega! But thankfully, transferring Sonic over onto a Nintendo games console has done nothing to detract from his original style, character, graphics appearance or attitude. I was glad to be reunited with the familiar with little fella I used to play with when the kids were in bed fifteen or twenty years ago.
Getting started with this game was a little confusing for me. The game is based on the original Sonic concept, but it's like they've sped the whole thing up. I can quite understand where they came up with the name 'Sonic Rush'. You have to really think on your feet when you play this game, and you're likely to die a few times over on every level as well. That is of course unless you have superhumanly fast responses to sudden dangers and traps that appear out of nowhere!
The bosses are really quite tricky on this game as well, and you need to work out, by getting your poor hedgehog killed a few times over, different strategies with which to defeat each new boss. No two are the same, and zone 3 had me particularly stumped for a long time. In fact to be honest, I found myself googling for information on how to kill him in the end, and once I'd got that information, killing him was a piece of cake.
The graphics in this game are really bright and interesting, and it's great to see an old game given this kind of transformation. The creators have remained true to the original format and concept, and just added refined details to the scenery and characters, as well a brighter variety of colours. The music is very similar to the sort that featured on the original games as well, but faster and more up-to-date.
The only thing I haven't yet worked out on this game, is the purpose of Blaze the Cat. After completing some of the earlier levels playing as Sonic the Hedghog, you then unlock Blaze the Cat, an additional character who also has her own seperate game for you to play. The game is exactly the same in prinicpal as Sonic's game is, it's just that you play different levels, starting from zone 1 under Blaze's map, and move your character in a slightly different way. Really, I don't quite understand the point of her presence. Why didn't they just add her on as a character option for the main game and put more levels on the end of it?
This game is fast and fun, and definitely one that old Sonic fans will enjoy. It's a fair bit trickier than the Sonic games from days gone by, but it's even more appealing at the same time thanks to the brilliant graphics and detailed levels. I don't think this game is going to be suitable for a child under about 10yrs old as a general rule, because the game play really does require much faster reactions than your average under-10 will have. I really like that they've taken a kid's game and turned it into something that can challenge the older child, and even fully grown adults too.
Summary: Highly Recommended
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