Green Grow The RUSH Is O-ut Soon*

By John Walker on December 2nd, 2010 at 12:04 am.

More bright, cheery games, please.

Kieron had big love for this year’s Toki Tori, a fiendish puzzle game by indie developers Two Tribes. They’ve got a new game that’s due out in two days, and just received a debut trailer: RUSH. It’s a puzzle game, but completely different from their previous game. This time it’s a 3D cube-rolling affair, which at first glance made me think of the iOS game Edge (the one that suffered from Tim Langdell’s impotent attacks.) But it quickly becomes apparent that it’s not the same at all. It’s about guiding multiple blocks to their targets, creating paths for the perpetually moving cubes. And from the trailer below, it looks pretty lovely.

The game was inspired by the Rubik’s Cube they say, although requires no such colour-matching twistiness. The big, colourful blocks, however, are reminiscent. And indeed (although it’s a little confusing on their site) it appears to be an official Rubik project. The Wii version, which seems to have disappeared now, was called Rubik’s Puzzle Galaxy: RUSH. The PC version that definitely exists, however, is just RUSH. I think.

As they enter the final hours of development for the game, Two Tribes have written about that process, with a tour of their office in the last mad crunch. Which is a fun idea.

The game will be on Steam this Friday, at 10% off for the first week (if last month’s press release is to be believed), with a full price of $5 or €4.50. (No GPB price is available yet.) You can find its Steam page here, although it’s oddly blank.

Do check out this trailer. It looks gorgeous.

*Sorry.

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31 Comments »

  1. DrGonzo says:

    Looks like fun. The game it reminds me of most is Chu Chu Rocket on Dreamcast, which I loved.

    • Casimir's Blake says:

      The first game I was reminded of was a qwirky isometric puzzler for Amiga where you laid down direction arrows and things while this character walked along them and followed them in a similar manner to these blocks. Buggered if I can remember what it was called though. This looks very good, but hope for a pause button!

    • Gabe Kotick says:

      @Casimir’s Blake, Intelligent Qube? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3r6wXZ-QA8

    • Sigma Draconis says:

      Definitely shades of Chu Chu Rocket here. That RUSH expands on those concepts might be enough for me to drop five dollars on this.

  2. Berm says:

    When will we see a remake of Bombuzal for the C64/Amiga? That was quite a puzzle game.

    • Ben says:

      Not much of a market for amiga games these days, so probably never.

  3. Spectre-7 says:

    Lovely use of simple assets and ambient occlusion. The result is really nice to look at.

  4. DarioSamo says:

    Reminds me of Star Wars Pit Droids, but this one has 3D layers! I recommend that game to anyone who has an interest in a good & complex puzzle game, with a great soundtrack to go with it.

  5. Protome says:

    It’s nice to see Two Tribes make a new game. 3 years was too long to wait D:

  6. Kenttsu says:

    Cool, Toki Tori was an excellent mind breaker so I have high hopes for this.

  7. noobnob says:

    “Edge” + that picture = Mirror’s Edge time trial levels?

    What I found interesting is that, at the end of the trailer, it says “More levels weekly”. This has a lot of potential to keep the game alive for months to come, with people playing it once a week for short puzzle-solving fun. It better not be DLC, though.

  8. WiPa says:

    Minecraft clone.

  9. Gabe Kotick says:

    Rush needs an item store.
    Think about it. We could buy a TF2 character pack and use them instead of cubes!!!
    They could include some items for TF2 with the purchase of Rush. Having said that, Rush looks pretty good. Unlike that other crap game http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2010/11/24/wot-i-think-poker-night-at-the-inventory/

  10. pkt-zer0 says:

    Reminds me of Rubik’s Games, the Playground part of it. Seemingly simpler, though.

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    MarkN says:

    REM. Do I win a prize?

    (in other words, hussah! a pop culture reference I actually got)

    • jalf says:

      Nah, you forgot the dots, so you lost. ;)

    • drygear says:

      I think of the R.E.M. song too but I think they took that from an older song. It’s possible John is referencing that instead.

    • John Walker says:

      Yeah, sorry, I was going much further back than that!

    • Jonathan says:

      Good lord, does nobody know their carols here? Admittedly, I only know it because it was a song in a “learn to play piano: christmas carols” type book I had as a youngster.

      Also, a quick visit to the lands of Google would solve it too. Stop being lazy, Internet!

  12. SquareWheel says:

    Pretty sure RUSH is already a video game.

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    AS says:

    It’s like a 3D Tidalis!

  14. kwyjibo says:

    So it’s 3D, that’s new. But I just get instantly bored every time I see a cube moving puzzle game. They all look like the same thing.

  15. Jonathan says:

    This looks swell, and I will add it to the growing list of wee games I’ll get my mother for Christmas (currently consisting of PvZ and Clones, and possibly Toki Tori).

  16. CaLe says:

    The problem with these games (or me) is that they get to a difficulty threshold where I just stop having fun and give up altogether, therefore missing out on a lot of the content.

  17. Scarbir says:

    Chu Chu Blocket.

  18. KillahMate says:

    Has a bit of that Mirror’s Edge aesthetic to it. So Edges all around.

  19. Vaughn says:

    This is the new Mirror’s Edge DLC right?

  20. iSoLateD1 says:

    Can anyone grab the demo from the games Steam page? It says there is a demo, but when I click the link it doesn’t download.

  21. Gvaz says:

    This reminds me of the minigame HaKox from Xenosaga 3 :\