Developer: Chillingo
Price: $2.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★½
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★½
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★½
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

After playing Knight’s Onrush about 4000 times, I was very excited to see that the same developer had come out with a new game: Knights Rush. Instead of being a castle defense title, though, Knight’s Rush is a cartoony action platformer that puts chaos up on the highest pedestal.

Like most other action platformers on the iPhone, Knight’s Rush is a 2D sidescroller that uses a virtual joystick and a bunch of buttons to control the action. There are three characters that you can play with on any given mission, each with their own unique weapon/spell types and upgrades.

Most of the game boils down to you walking around (sometimes jumping around) and then mashing the hit button until everyone and everything is dead. When you aren’t mashing the hit button, you are probably using either the spell button or the special attack button to, well, do something special.

As you progress through the levels, you get to upgrade your units with all sorts of upgrade types, from increasing experience points (EXP) per kill to increasing your chance for a critical hit. The upgrade possibilities are seemingly endless, as the game reverts you back to level one at the start of each new “portal”.

Like Knight’s Onrush, the star of the show is the fun graphics. I’m usually not a fan of things being too bubbly, but the growth-challenged knights work quite well in the colorful world of crawling cannons and slime-a-rrific blood. To my delight, I also didn’t run into a single framerate hiccup the entire time I played, even when the screen was basically filled with carnage. Though, to be fair, I am using an iPhone 4, so you 3G and 3GS users – YMMV.

As fun as the game is off the bat, it gets a bit old after awhile because of its soft difficulty. I’m not saying that you won’t be low on health at any given time, but you probably won’t find yourself dying all that often. Just mash the buttons and have a half decent upgrade strategy and you’ll progress through the game just fine.

If you are a fan of high-energy, chaotic action games, Knight’s Rush will certainly tickle your funny bone. With its three game modes, it’ll keep you hacking away at baddies for a good long while.

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