[ Introduction ]
Clumsy Rush is a competitive party game developed by RedDeerGames. Upon initial play, it feels like a mini-game that’s been taken from another game like Mario Party but then refined and polished to make it a game that stands on its own. It’s primarily a multiplayer game so, with that in mind, I thought I’d add to this review the thoughts of my gaming partner. Which in this case is my 9-year-old daughter. This will be in the form of a short interview to gather her thoughts on the game.
[ Gameplay ]
The premise of the game is simple; control your Hippos from A to B, collecting the crown and avoiding obstacles on the way. Multiplayer is done through local play using your joycons. The winner of the game is the Hippo who gets to the end with the crown. Simple right? Well, yes and no. The controls are what makes this fun as heck as the shoulder buttons on your joycons correspond to your hippos legs. Tap L to make your left leg go forward and tap R to make your right leg go forward. This sets you a challenge of trying to find your rhythm to move your Hippo, all the while collecting the crown and/or slamming into your opponent to make them drop the crown, should they be wearing it. I asked my daughter some of her thoughts on the gameplay
ME: So M, what do you think of Clumsy Rush so far?
M: It’s fun and really funny to play with.
ME: What makes it fun?
M: Slamming into you and stealing the crown is hilarious. Watching you cry because you lost is also funny
ME: uh, okay, young lady….. Anything you find wrong with it?
M: The controls are kinda hard at first, but then you can choose to use easy controls. I’m 9 years old, so I chose that so I can beat you easily.
To continue, she does make a fair point as the controls can be hard to grasp at first, but eventually, with enough practice, you do get to find your rhythm. Luckily as previously mentioned, it has an easy control option. This lets you control your hippos using the analog sticks. The only problems is that it isn’t as fun. My only gripe with the gameplay is that the controls can sometimes feel like it’s either too responsive or not responsive enough, which disrupts your rhythm when you finally find it.
[ Visual and Perfomance ]
The visuals of the game are spot on. The graphics are crisp and colourful to reflect the fun nature of the game. The Hippos you control come in various outfits which adds comedy value to the overall experience.
ME: what do you think about the graphics M?
M: its okay, I like the costumes you get for the hippos. They’re very funny. My favourite one is the Sumo hippo
[ Sound ]
The sound design is very good and is very reminiscent of the Crash Bandicoot music. Rhythmic beats in the music help you get the hang of controlling your Hippo by using it to get your own rhythm going.
ME: What about the music?
M: I like it. It’s easy to listen to. The wee sound effects are funny though, especially the start countdown. It always makes me laugh.