[PlayStation 4] Surface Rush Review
Surface Rush from JanduSoft and Dimtri Games is an arcade-style physics-based experience on PlayStation. Learn more about it in our Surface Rush review!
Surface Rush from JanduSoft and DrimTi Games is an arcade-style physics-based experience on PlayStation. The Pumpum come from a faraway planet. They were happy on Earth but could not prosper alongside the humans, so many of them ended up returning to their home planet. Those that remained on Earth end up finding themselves in a predicament when their city is submerged in the ocean. You’ll have to throw Pumpum and make them bounce through the ocean bottom to get to the goal, all while keeping a close eye on their oxygen reserve.
The game can be played in one of four modes: Classic, One Shot, Timer, and Precision. Classic offers the standard experience, as you try to complete 60 stages split into one of three difficulty settings (Training, Beginner, and Advanced), collecting stars along the way based on your performance. For One Shot, you only have a single throw to reach the next bubble, so be sure to take your time and aim wisely… since you’re going to have to make every single shot count! This is even trickier if you want to collect all stars in the One Shot levels.
For Timer levels, you’ll be tasked with completing each stage in the shortest amount of time possible so that you can get a three-star rating. To be able to pull this off, you’ll have to aim your shots so that you can collect some clocks along the way to improve your overall time total. As for Precision levels, they will ask that you complete a level in the least amount of throws possible to be able to get all three stars in each level.
You’ll control your Pumpum by moving the left analog stick or the D-Pad in any direction to aim and throw them. As you do this, you’ll have to land on special bubbles to preserve your oxygen, all while trying to collect the three stars on each level. You’re free to stop your PumPum at any time to send it in a new direction. Along with landing in bubbles to recover your oxygen, you’ll also have to collect oxygen canisters along the way to partially refill your oxygen bar at the bottom of the screen so that you can reach the goal.
The many coins you’ll collect as you take on the over 100 stages that Surface Rush has to offer can be used at the in-game shop. In there, you’ll be able to purchase new trails for your character, as well as new colors. On top of this, you’ll also get to purchase new icons to control, which will have different oxygen and speed stats for you to consider. And yes, there are several trophies tied to collecting coins and buying everything that the shop has to offer!
Speaking of which, Surface Rush has a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy for your collection. The list includes 14 Bronze trophies, 16 Silver trophies, and 4 Gold trophies. The objectives include completing the tutorial, completing 12, 24, 36, and 60 levels in Classic Mode, 12 and 24 levels in One Shot Mode, 12 and 24 levels in Timer Mode, and 12 and 24 levels in Precision Mode. The rest of the trophies will be tied to getting all stars in the game, dying 50 and 150 times, detonating 1,000 bombs, bouncing 100, 1,000, 2,500, and 5,000 times against the walls, buying something at the shop, spending 5,000 coins in the shop, buying all skins, trails, and colors, completing a level while collecting a single coin, collecting 60 coins in a single stage, and having 1,000 coins on you at once.
Surface Rush is a colorful arcade-style physics-based experience with a simple control scheme that makes it easy to get the hang of things right away. It also offers four game modes that introduce different rules to consider, as well as a Platinum trophy. Unfortunately, the game is not without issues. The game gets a lot of slowdown for no apparent reason since there’s nothing on the screen that would make you consider the PlayStation 5 hardware is getting a workout. Surface Rush is out on PlayStation as a Cross-Buy title for a budget price of $4.99, which grants you access to the PS4 and PS5 versions of the game.
This Surface Rush review is based on a PlayStation 5 copy provided by JanduSoft.