Score Rush Extended

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Colorful, repetitive arcade game focuses on high scores.

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Positive Messages

No messages to be found; player just blasts objects for points.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Nothing positive, negative about ship pilot.

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn. Difficulty ramps up as players progress, but it's more about reflexes than control issues.

Violence & Scariness

Lots of lasers, bullets, bombs, but all in a sci-fi, neon-filled explosion of lights, shapes. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Score Rush Extended is a downloadable, sci-fi-themed arcade shooter. Up to four players can team up and compete for the highest score in offline couch co-op play. The controls are extremely basic, relying more on the player's reflexes than complicated maneuvers. While the basic premise of the game is to shoot anything that moves while avoiding getting shot in return, the "violence" comes from brightly colored geometric shapes shooting each other and blowing up in brilliant flashes of neon lights. There's no message or role model in the game, and its purpose is simply to outlast others and compete for a higher spot on the leaderboard.

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What's it about?

SCORE RUSH EXTENDED is all about two things: surviving and scoring. Shoot anything that moves and try not to get shot in return as you fly through an infinite mass of enemies, dodging multicolored bullets and blasting everything you see into a fireworks-worthy display of color and light. Take the challenge on solo or toss up to three extra controllers to friends for some frantic couch co-op play. Try to beat their high scores, top your own best performance, and even see how your skills measure up on the worldwide online leaderboard.

Is it any good?

Sometimes you're in the mood for a game with a deep story, engaging characters, plot twists, and a narrative on par with the best big-screen dramas; sometimes, you just want to blow stuff up. Score Rush Extended is all about the latter. The game is reminiscent of the old-school arcade shooters of days past, right down to the "Insert Coin" prompt to add new players. As the title indicates, it's a mad dash, dodge, and shoot to ultimately earn a score higher than the competition, whether it be a few friends sitting around the TV, ace arcade players from around the world, or just yourself as you try to outdo your own last, best score.

"Move and shoot" sums up the entire experience. There are only two power-ups throughout the game: one that boosts your power and one that adds a floating orb (up to three) to trail your ship and add extra firepower. You've also got a stockpile of three nukes that wipe out everything on the screen at once. While the game does a pretty solid job as an arcade shooter, its biggest draw is also its biggest weakness. This is definitely a one-trick pony. No matter what mode you play in, there's very little difference in the actual gameplay. Even though things get frantic pretty quick, it doesn't change the repetitive nature of the game. Most of the time, your attention is focused on the small, black hit box on your ship, ducking and weaving to keep anything from hitting that target. It's bright, it's colorful, and, unfortunately, without anything to help mix things up, it starts to get old fairly quickly.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in gaming. How does the violence in a game such as Score Rush Extended compare to violence in other, similar shooters? Does the use of bright colors and generic shapes change the way you interpret the violence and destruction?

  • Talk about competition versus cooperation. When playing with others, are you more interested in beating others' scores or helping out teammates? What are the benefits to participating in competitive activities?

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