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By otakuman5000 On 8 Oct, 2012 At 08:33 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Hey, remember when we reviewed Bust-N-Rush? Of course you do! Well we have good news for anyone that was intrigued by the game, but not quite sold on it: Bust-N-Rush can now be had for only $4.99. You’re basically losing money by not buying it.

Perhaps you were fine with the price, but only buy games through Steam? Well there’s more good news! Bust-N-Rush has joined Steam Greenlight. Head on over to their page now and give them a vote. Pretty please?

Originally posted on Nerdy But Flirty

By otakuman5000 On 14 Sep, 2012 At 08:53 PM | Categorized As PC Games | With 0 Comments
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Sarah The Rebel previewed it at PAX Prime, I reviewed it, and now you can purchase Bust-N-Rush to try it out yourself. To celebrate the launch, Techtonic Games also released this great live action trailer:

A fun infinite runner style game with old-school appeal, Bust-N-Rush is sold through the Origin download service at $9.99 for the standard edition or $14.99 for the Double Bust Bundle, which includes two copies of the game and bonus content, including wallpapers and videos.

And even more exciting, we have codes to give away! Be sure you’re following Real Otaku Gamer on Twitter for your chance to win. You’ll need the Origin client to redeem the code, so if you don’t have it you can grab it from here to be prepared.

By otakuman5000 On 14 Sep, 2012 At 08:18 PM | Categorized As PC Games, Reviews | With 1 Comment
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Bust-N-Rush, by Techtonic Games, is an infinite-runner style game played from the third-person perspective. Essentially, you’re sprinting endlessly forward through large corridors, smashing through gigantic boulders to build up combo chains. As is to be expected, you’ll be dodging various hazardous materials, collecting powerups and jumping, Incredible Hulk-like, across giant pits. Like any classic arcade game, the goal is simple: Get the highest score.

The backstory is that the antagonist, the Satellite of Wub, has killed your best friend. Or destroyed, in this case, as his the best friend was a pink plastic flamingo named Paco. It’s a cute story, but essentially meaningless in this type of game.

Here, gameplay reigns supreme, and Bust-N-Rush gets it mostly right.

Bust-N-Rush Screenshot

On the positive side, Bust-N-Rush is fast-paced and addictive in a way that hearkens back to the olden days of eight and sixteen-bit games, in the sense that it all comes down to your speed and reflexes. And it never feels unfair. If you die in this game, you can rest assured that it’s your fault. Adding to the challenge, the levels aren’t pre-made, but instead are procedurally generated, meaning you won’t be memorizing your way to fame and glory.

Bust-N-Rush also adds a more  modern flair with the addition of Quest Mode. In this game type, you’re still doing the basic corridor runs, but with the addition of tokens scattered throughout the course, just waiting to be picked up and activate a quest. All the quests seemed to be of the “smash x number of y item” variety, but they still add a little-spice to the otherwise-straightforward runs. And just picking up the tokens can actually be pretty challenging when you’re rocketing through at top speed, let alone recognizing specific objects in time to target them.

In addition to Quest Mode, there’s the more traditional Survival Mode (run until you’re killed in pursuit of the highest score) and the intriguing Bust-A-Friend Mode (challenge your buddies to beat your score). Of the three modes, Bust-A-Friend has the most potential to keep you coming back to the game. It’s hard to resist the idea of trying to beat a friend’s score or to show of your running prowess by sending a challenge. It’s part of the game’s old-school, arcade-y feel that we liked so much.

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Unfortunately, while the game would let us issue challenges to each other, they were never received, so Bust-A-Friend remains more of an interesting concept than an actual feature right now. Hopefully this was just due to the network being fully in place pre-launch. We’ll come back to this after release and update the status.

Finally, Bust-N-Rush also has achievements, as has become the standard. There are over 60 different goals to work toward and, if you’re like us, this will keep you coming back in an attempt to complete them all.

All of that is well and good, but where the gameplay succeeds,  the presentation falls a little flat.

Bust-N-Rush Wallpaper

The few different environments we played through were somewhat bland and repetitive. It’s hard to spot the differences between the levels. That being said, in a game that moves as fast as Bust-N-Rush does, you probably won’t even notice. It’s not like you’re going to stop and admire the decorating.

The music is enjoyably moody and atmospheric, when listened to on its own. But in context it feels a bit out of place. When you’re screaming down a dimly lit corridor, smashing through gigantic boulders and jumping across gigantic chasms, it helps to have a soundtrack that suits the mood.

The menus and presentation are functionalbut they do feel very dated. Dated enough that it reminded us of Frogger 2: Swampy’s Revenge.

Which is from 2000.

That being said, the graphics are actually very nice, although neither of us were able to run the game at the highest settings. But even at the lowest settings, we could still see far enough into the distance to plan your next set of moves and keep yourself in the race, which is vitally important in this game.

Bust-N-Rush is not a very unique idea, but the gameplay is super solid, challenging, and addictive. Walking away from the game, we felt like we’d just spend time with a beloved arcade game of yore, and that’s a pretty great achievement by itself. In the end, the flaws are insignificant since the drive to keep topping previous high scores and beat your friends will keep you coming back for a long time.

Bust-N-Rush was released today on Origin at $9.99 for the standard edition or $14.99 for the Double Bust Bundle, which includes two copies of the game and bonus content, including wallpapers and videos. Currently only available for Windows PCs, however a Mac version is promised.

Co-reviewed with AxlCalrissian of Nerdy But Flirty.

Download copies of the game were provided by Techtonic Games for this review.

By SarahTheRebel On 9 Sep, 2012 At 07:05 PM | Categorized As Conventions, Previews | With 1 Comment

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At PAX Prime I had the chance to check out Bust-N-Rush, a 3D endless runner, with Leif Dahl, the creative director, and Scott Miller, the CEO, of Techtonic Games.

Gameplay

The first thing I noticed was the old-school vibe the game gave me. The way they used music, the difficulty level and the ability to challenge friends to beat your high score all worked together to give a very arcade-game vibe. On the other hand, the game is perfectly modern, supporting social media interaction and featuring 3D graphics.

Something that sets Bust-N-Rush apart from many other runners is the procedural level-generation system. The levels are being built as you play, almost at random, so the player can’t memorize the layout of the game. This increases the fun, challenge and replay-ability of the game. I asked them if it was possible to get something impossibly hard, like three pits in a row, and they assured me that they have systems in place to prevent that from happening.

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If the player continues to survive, the level gets more and more complicated. Interestingly, so does the music. As you begin, the music has one chord. As the level progresses, other notes and instruments enter, until eventually you have some complex yet oddly exhilirating and exciting music. This was another little touch that gave me the old-school vibe.

Levels

There are three different levels with different difficulty as well, underground, in outer space and in-doors.

There is also a Transitional level (only available in the special edition) which combines pieces from all three levels.

Modes

Bust-N-Rush has three modes: Survival, Quest and Bust a Friend. Survival is the standard mode, where users must avoid obstacles such as chasms and whatnot and Quest mode adds the element of tasks to this standard mode. The player runs up to a quest icon and then attempts to complete a task while running the course.

I played Quest mode and let me just say that, for someone who does not normally play runners, these quests are both simple yet challenging. I was unable to complete any of them on my first few tries.

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The Multiplayer “Bust a Friend” mode allows users to challenge friends from social networks and earn spots on leader boards. Basically, you get an awesome score, then you use the in-game system to challenge a friend to beat you. They can hop on right away or answer the challenge whenever they feel like it. The two of you can go back and forth like you’re each visiting the arcade to beat the other’s high score.

There is also something called Insane Mode, which, according to Dahl, was  the original setting for the game, until they added a health system to make the game more acessbible.

My Opinion

Overall I enjoyed the challenging nature of this game, the creativity behind the musical theme and the inclusion of a socially interactive section. If you’ve read any of my other posts, you know I am a fan of bringing games back to the oldschool level of challenge, but as a someone who rarely visits an arcade, I love the re-imagination of the friendly challenge of “bet ya can’t beat my score!”

The game goes on sale September 14th for $9.99. For $5 more, you can get the special edition, which includes an extra copy of the game (for your best friend or little sister), the Transitional world , the soundtrack and game wallpaper.

Based on the preview alone, I would rate this game a A for fans of endless runners.

First appeared on NerdyButFlirty.com