Pix’n Love Rush has become a bit of a cult classic on the iPhone. While most gamers won’t recognize the name as they would Angry Birds, we’ve come to love the little coin-collecting monster and his pixel-filled world. His iPad debut is even better than the original.
Like in the original Pix’n Love Rush (which we awarded the #30 spot in our top 50 games of 2010), you must collect coins, avoid minus boxes, and shoot down bats (but not angels!) through a random selection of 125 levels. The original two game modes (a 5-minute timed run and infinite mode) are both available, the latter of which does not need to be unlocked in this version.
Turn your 2010 iPad into a 1989 Game Boy.
This time, the developers also added a new ‘Cursed’ mode to this deluxe edition. This is basically your average one-button run-and-jump game set in the Pix’n Love world, with an emphasis on timing your jumps. There are five difficulty levels, so you can get into the thick of things quicker.
Pix’n Love Rush’s appeal has always come down to its modernized retro style, and the deluxe version offers even more of this. The upsized graphics look as crisp as ever with some new little quirks, such as Pong being played with paddles inspired by various arcade classics in the background of Cursed mode.
Pix’n Love Rush DX runs in a window, with three optional handheld console skins available. You can move the buttons around on these to your liking and the positioning stays the same when you flip between skins. In our opinion, the controls for this version are even better than those on the iPhone.
This little monster has got a plan. Just you watch.
However, this feature is a double-edged sword. While the handheld skins give it an authentic retro feel, we would still like the option to play the game fullscreen. Technically speaking, pixel-doubling the iPhone version on the iPad actually fills more of the iPad screen with the game than the iPad native version does.
Also, one minor issue with Pix’n Love Rush DX is that it puts a score of 1,000,000 into each game mode’s high score box by default. Considering this is tough to top, you won’t be seeing your actual high score for some time.
Pix’n Love Rush DX is an iPad game worth buying even if you’ve played the original for hours on end. The extended feature set, along with Game Center integration, makes every pixel shine its brightest.