Originally released as a Kinect only title on the Xbox 360, Asobo Studio is back with a remaster of their child-friendly, adventuring and all around exciting Disney-Pixar funfest.
You start off with the selection of using a controller or Kinect to suit your needs, then you are taken to the character creation screen. Rush does not try to hide its target audience here in the slightest. Your character is a roughly ten-year-old child; Male or Female that you can customise with all the wacky hair and eye colours you would want. Once completed, a small cutscene starts to drop you off at the adventure park where you will be spending all your time playing with other kids in the way we all did at a young age, pretending we were our favourite cartoon characters, taking out the baddies and thinking you rule the world. This is what Rush does best, putting you back into those times, and having fun with your friends and your kids and just to put you back to those innocent times when you didn’t have a care in the world.
When originally released all the way back in 2012, Rush included 5 family favourites from the Disney-Pixar universe; Cars, The Incredibles, UP, Ratatouille and my personal favourite Toy Story. Now remastered and enhanced for Xbox One X, Finding Dory has now also found her way into the theme park, although the new Dory content feels like a rushed addition just to add extra content for the remaster.
Once dropped off you head down into the main park area where you are met with a playground feel of everyone running around, having fun and pretending to be their heroes. There are six areas, each dedicated to one of the title’s games where you will be met by the super fans of each movie. Stepping into the play area will start off some playful chat between you and the fan which slowly turns into a scene from the selected movie, with them taking one of the main character roles and you as a random character which fits the setting.
With my love for the series, I chose Toy Story to begin with and the scene is set where a young girl called Bonny is leaving kindergarten with her mum. They are on their way to meet her grandmother at the airport when her favourite toy drops out of her backpack. It is from here your short but sweet adventure begins across three episodes of easy token collecting fun as you try to help Mr Pricklepants (The Hedgehog) get back home before Bonny, her mum and her Grandmother. Your adventure takes you from Kindergarten to the Airport and the garbage dump in scenes inspired by the movies.
This setup stays the same throughout all the movies mini-games with slight variations depending on what you play.
In Cars you go racing, UP has you chasing down the House from the movie whilst trying to save Kevin the birds babies and other recognisable scenes from the rest of the movies. As you complete episodes you are rewarded with points which get added up to unlock more abilities, characters, concept art and more. This gives each story mission plenty of replay value, especially for your children who will take much longer to get through the content.
The ability to play with Kinect as well as on gamepad is a bonus for those of you still holding on to your piece of tech. The sensor does work really well for Rush and is great to see games still supporting it. Me and my 3-year-old son had great fun playing the Toy Story and Cars games together. He was able to learn the Kinect actions needed really quickly and was also able to complete some of the episodes himself which shows how easy and accessible Rush is for players of all abilities to just pick up and play.