Version Reviewed: 1.0
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5
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Raider Rush is a very simple game and also incredibly tough. It’s satisfying when you struggle on ahead but impatient gamers are going to find themselves getting frustrated often. It’s all quite reminiscent of the games I played from the 1980s and early 1990s - fearfully tough arcade-style games that were rewarding but somewhat painful.
Your mission is to leap upwards, through various towers, quickly all for the sake of avoiding the lava that’s swiftly following you. Controls are a matter of tapping left to jump left and right to jump, well, right. These also affect movement, meaning you jump in the relevant direction. You also can’t hit the same direction twice.
At first, this feels spectacularly awkward but it actually ends up kind of working. You end up in a kind of rhythm as you leap between walls. Raider Rush isn’t, however, easy by any means. One misstep and often you’ll end up dying, whether it’s because of the lava creeping up or the spikes in your way. You’ll get annoyed and then you’ll come back because, hey, who wants to be beaten by such a simple game?
And that’s the beauty of Raider Rush. It’s so simple that you’ll feel tempted to carry on. The free version gives you a big taste of what to expect with an in-app purchase unlocking the rest, so it’s an ideal taster to soon teach you if you’ve got the right kind of patience for this challenge.