Pix'n Love Rush

TouchArcade: "It's the game that really needs to be on your device"
8,9/10 - IGN Editor Choice : "Do not hesitate to grab it. It just may be your next iPhone addiction. It certainly is mine."
4/4 - SlideToPlay: "One of our favorite retro-style games."...


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Slide To Play Throwdown #1: Pixel Shooters

Maybe we’ve been watching too much Deadliest Warrior lately, but we just love the idea of matching up contenders and settling on a winner. Of course, there’s nothing keeping you from purchasing all of the games in this week’s debut video feature, STP Throwdown: Pixel Shooters.

Check out the video below, which features Pix’n Love Rush, PewPew 2, and Geometry Wars Touch. All three come highly recommended, and each has a distinctive retro art style combined with frantic, fast-paced shooting and dodging.

Let us know if you agree with our first Throwdown winner, and if you have any more suggestions for future episodes.

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Pix’n Love Rush Review

Love. It’s in the title, and it’s also certainly what we felt after stepping away from Pix’n Love Rush. This is one of the most original casual games we’ve played in a very long time.

Pix’n Love Rush has you frantically running through levels randomly picked from a pool of 125. Each sports its own unique flair, stemming from concepts such as falling down, jumping upward, or simple horizontal platforming. Regardless of the level type, the goal is to collect coins, avoid minus boxes, and shoot bats overhead with pellets while avoiding hitting the angels.

When you first open up Pix’n Love Rush, you only have a five minute mode available. Here you try to survive for five minutes without dying too many times. Once you pass this test, infinity mode opens up. This is a survival mode where you can go for a high score and then post it onto the OpenFeint leaderboards, and this is also where most of the replay value lies.

Monster vs. Mushroom Kingdom.

As you rack up combos by avoiding baddies, the graphical theme and music changes. These transitions add an extra layer of personality that take the game from being a blast to masterfully conducted mayhem. You’ll always be eager to see the next theme, and left on the edge of your seat trying your hardest not to slip up.

The downside to Pix’n Love Rush’s pre-made levels is that once you master each one, the level becomes easy. With 125, though, don’t expect this to become a problem too quickly.

On top of all this, the game has stellar controls. We never felt cheated when we died, because we could control the little monster very well. With an excellent level of responsiveness, you’ll be able to maneuver onto tiny platforms with precision.

For $0.99, what are you waiting for? This is a game you really must experience to truly ‘get’. There just isn’t much not to like about this modern, retro-styled gem.