What’s not to love about Disney Pixar, they have released some of the best animated movies ever and the fun continues when they bundle a handful of them together into one game that is fun for the whole family, regardless of age. Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure, the classic Kinect game for the Xbox 360 has been remastered and re-released for Xbox One and you don’t have to use a Kinect, unless you want to…
I’m just going to start by saying that Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure is a game that I now regret not getting back in 2012. I believe it would have been great to play with the Kinect but that’s not saying that it isn’t fun with a controller.
Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure is a compilation of mini games based on Cars, Up, The Incredibles, Toy Story, Ratatouille, and now this new 4K/UHD/XBOX One Enhanced version includes Finding Dory. Each franchise comprises of 2 or 3 mini-games set within the worlds we have all grown to love.
Each mini-game has a general goal which you can achieve at the fastest time possible or collect every collectible in sight, the choice is yours and the rewards are beneficial. Whichever way you play, you will acquire points that go towards unlocking extra characters, abilities or bonuses. The extra characters may be able to reach previously unreachable areas or perform abilities of their own to increase your final points. This is also a great way to achieve a higher completion level. My first play-throughs of each game, I only got silver upon completion but once I unlocked the extras, gold and platinum were not far in the future.
It was also great to see extra goals added to games. For example, one of the Finding Dory missions I had to pop special bubbles and locate Hank the octopus who is initially transparent. Anything that adds extra playability to the game is always appreciated.
Being a game that is aimed at the whole family, it is understandable that the entire game will not be very lengthy, in fact I was able to complete half of the game in one night and that was taking my time. This considered, I think the payoff will be to experience this game again with other players, namely my son when we want to have some light-hearted, casual gaming.
The game hub was a great idea for this type of game, it is set in a city park where you, as a young child, go to play with other friendly children. While visiting each play area based on the movies, a child will talk to you and make up an imaginary scenario which then becomes the mini-game that you play. It is a nice way to integrate the different worlds and a more immersive experience rather than choosing the games from a menu.
The game is also filled with easily acquirable achievements which adds extra satisfaction to the players throughout the game.
Graphics and Audio
This is a great looking game; each world is beautifully created with plenty to do. Although quite linear in most mini-games, there is always something to look at during your gameplay. Although I did fall through the map in one of the Cars races, this did not diminish my experience of the game as a whole. The audio is just as good, the action and world sound effects added to the immersion of the movie environments. Most voices were actually done by the original actors, the only one that stood out that didn’t quite sound right was Woody which I discovered was actually done by Tom Hanks’ brother, Jim but he still did a great job regardless.
This is where this game can extend your enjoyment and playability, however at the time of writing this, I have not had the opportunity to do so.
Rush: A Disney Pixar Adventure truly is a game that everyone can enjoy regardless of age. It isn’t overly brain-straining but a good choice for casual fun alone or with friends and family. The satisfaction of completing each level and obtaining the achievements was very evident to me and very rewarding.