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Hands-on review: Visit animated worlds in Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure

28 Nov 2017

Much like Disneyland Adventures, Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure is another re-release that includes levels and characters from the famous movies. 

Originally released as a Kinect exclusive, the first release of Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure came out in 2012 for the Xbox 360. It had levels from the Toy Story series, Cars, Ratatouille, Up and The Incredibles. 

This year's re-release gives us even more content thanks to some levels from Finding Dory being added. Not to mention you can play the new version with or without Kinect both on the Xbox One and Windows 10 devices. 

I had the chance to play this new version of the game on Xbox One X, and the visuals are stunning. It's almost as if you are playing a literal Pixar movie. The graphics are far better now than they were on the original Xbox 360 release.  At the beginning of the game, you have to create your own character. That said, you can still interact with your favourite Pixar characters. Many recognisable faces appear such as Woody, Russell from Up, Mr. Incredible and more. 

Although, I still feel the game could have added more content from other Pixar movies. I always loved Monsters Inc. and A Bug's Life, but sadly they have both been omitted from this game entirely. Only Finding Dory is the newest addition to this re-release. 

I didn't really like Disneyland Adventures because it was boring and uneventful. Thankfully, Pixar's version feels more like a proper game as you have to traverse levels and even encounter some boss battles along the way. It's more than just a series of quick time events like Disneyland Adventures. 

The gameplay is somewhat similar to the Crash Bandicoot series as you travel in a straight line collecting stuff and avoiding obstacles. However, Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure is far easier since it's mostly aimed at toddlers and very young kids.  Some of the movies have their own unique playing styles. Cars is awesome because you can drive a car, while Finding Dory allows you to swim in the beautiful ocean. The main goal is to finish each level with the highest amount of points possible. 

Boss fights in this game are completely easy as their patterns are super predictable and you cannot die in this game. My main issue with the game is that it's far too easy. Even kids under the age of 10 will not struggle much to play this game. 

The game is also very short only offering around 17 levels in total. Each level only lasts for around five minutes each. There is some replay value however as some new paths open up when you play a level more than one time. 

If you own an Xbox One or Windows 10 PC, Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure is a great purchase if you have kids that love Pixar movies. The game is too easy for most older gamers, but it should be a nice Christmas present for kids who have just started playing video games. 

Verdict: 7.0/10

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