January 14, 2011

Fevered Frenzy

Lasting First Impressions of Score Rush from Xona Games

Score Rush Xona Games really knows how to take us back to the core of video games as they were originally created.  My first review of a Xona game was with the release of Decimation X3 for Xbox Live Indie Games.  This next title take that same frenzied action approach to another classic game style, the twin-stick shooter.

Score Rush is a 4 player Dual Stick Shmup that takes everything you know about twin-stick shooters to a whole new level of action.  Within minutes of starting a new game, the screen is so full of enemy shots that you’ll have trouble distinguishing your ship from the enemy fire.  But don’t worry, your little ship’s firepower increases just as fast and before you know it, you’ll be firing hundreds of shots every second at the oncoming horde of alien fleets.

Score Rush is the perfect pick-up-and-play game for when you only have a few minutes to spare.  Unless you’re a master at these games, the game will not last very long at all, but you’ll definitely want to play again and again in an attempt to beat your last score.  You can even send your friends a taunting message through XBOX Live with your latest score right from the game’s main menu.

Score Rush 1

This game reminds me quite a bit of Geometry Wars due to the glowing neon look to everything, and the Dragon Music score really adds to the sense of speed and frenzy that this game instills.  I am not a master of the twin-stick shooter by any means, but Score Rush definitely keeps me coming back for more, trying to beat my last score and move on to the next boss in the list.  My 8.5 million high score only puts me at boss number 4 of around 12 bosses so I still have a long way to go before ever beating this game.  I doubt very much I’ll ever be able to do that alone and that is why this game supports up to 4 players simultaneously.  Bring your friends along if you ever hope to get to the final boss!

Score Rush is redefining the quality of games available through the Xbox Live Indie Games platform and is definitely worth taking a look at.  As always, there is a demo available, but after playing it, I’m sure you’ll agree that the measly 80 Microsoft Points is worth spending on it.

Xona Games, I gave you an hour and I am, once again, IMPRESSED.  I look forward to what you come up with next.

About the Author

Sean is an avid gamer and lover of all thing tech. He is a dedicated husband and the father to three beautiful daughters. In addition to taking his love of gaming to a new level with this site, Sean is also host of our podcasts: The OMG! Hour, Lost Treasures of Gaming, and Primetime as well as the bi-weekly podcast mashup show, Gamers Unscripted. Follow Sean on Twitter as @Xiantayne and this blog as @OMGnexus.



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