Developer: Dark Spark Studios Inc.
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

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

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Max Rush has players defending a wall from an incoming onslaught of monsters by arming the player with powerups and throwing swords – but is the game monstrously fun, or just monstrous?

Photo 16-07-2013 15 53 35In Max Rush, players must take charge of a character on top of the stone wall who has been tasked with killing the monsters that approach the wall with the sole intention of destroying it. These monsters are destroyed via two methods – one, by hitting them with throwing swords – and two, by matching three of the same color monsters across from each other.

The game itself is very creative, and the variety of well designed monsters within the game is a testament to the developers. The difficulty can also be changed, allowing those who take well to the format of Max Rush to challenge themselves further on higher difficulty levels.

The tutorial presented to players at the start of the game is overwhelming to say the least. I found myself constantly referring back and forth in order to see what I would need to do should I encounter a specific monster. Perhaps if the developers gave the tutorial tips as needed in-game it would make it less intimidating for those who are trying to learn the ropes of Max Rush.

At times, I also quite frankly found myself to be very bored of the game. The monsters approach slowly, and the lack of clearly set objectives and goals such as in games like Jetpack Joyride can make playing the game feel boring and pointless sometimes.

If players kill certain types of monsters, they will find power-ups floating towards them. Once these are activated, the wall defender suddenly becomes much more powerful. Power-ups can do anything from blow up a certain part of the playing area to allowing the player to shoot at three times the normal rate.

Although nothing special, Max Rush does have a certain charm about it, and it definitely shouldn’t be dismissed just because it’s lacking some polish in certain areas. Perhaps in future updates we’ll see some improvements made and challenges added – but until then, Max Rush will just remain an average game.

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