A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
No positive, negative messages.
Positive Role Models
You customize your male or female character, but rest of characters are from movies -- like Woody from Toy Story. They're good role models, but no real depth of character shown.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, easy to learn.
Violence & Scariness
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Products & Purchases
Based on six different Pixar and/or Disney films, with familiar characters, locations, storylines. As such, it could be perceived as a marketing tool to promote those brands to kids.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure is a collection of six smaller games based on Disney or Pixar films. You can drive cars, avoid obstacles, fight enemies, and swim through oceans while collecting items. Aside from some fantasy violence -- namely, punching cartoon enemies or tossing fruit at them to stun them -- there's no inappropriate content to be found in this collection, although the games are clearly designed to promote the Disney and Pixar properties.
Is It Any Good?
If you have little kids who love Disney-Pixar movies, this is a fun collection of fairly easy cartoon experiences with familiar characters, but it's short lived for older gamers. Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure comes with a variety of games and physical controls to keep the attention of players. Gamers will enjoy running around the amusement park and interacting with other virtual players before jumping into the games, which can be unlocked in less than 30 minutes each. That may seem short, but there's some replayability. For example, in Coral Reef, you can choose to play as Nemo or Squirt, and find different goodies the second time you play through the underwater level. As you'd expect, some of the mini-games were more enjoyable than others. Notable standouts, for example, were the platforming and action in Toy Story, as well as the racing in Cars, in which you must first try out for Lightning McQueen's team and then partake in a spy-themed mission loosely based on the second Cars film. On the flip side, the Ratatouille and Up games were clearly the weakest of the group. But the developers nailed the look, feel, and voice of the films in all the games -- so long as you're not looking for a big challenge throughout these stages. It may be a bit easy for older gamers and parents, but with its two-player split-screen support, Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure could be fun for parents and kids to play together for a while.
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