Score rush is a four player co-op bullet hell shooter created by Xona Games. It can be found on the Xbox 360 indie marketplace for $1/80 points. This game requires skill, quick reflexes and technique in order to master. Score rush can only be played locally, no online play is supported.
The point of the game? Well the point is to destroy everything on the screen before it destroys you. As you destroy enemies you gain points and power-ups making you more powerful and building a trail of supporting ships (similar to the option power up in R-type) that follow along behind you. You get 3 lives then your done! No continues or checkpoints to rely on, this game is all about surviving the endless barrage of enemies and the bullets they fire in order to get the best score possible.
The controls for this game are very simple, move with the left stick, shoot with the right stick and bring death to everything on the screen with your right bumper which are your bombs. Of course, these bombs are in short supply and need to be used in dire situations. The visuals for the game are a cross between geometry wars and a Rogers waters concert. Creating a party for your eyes between the background, the psychedelic effects and the bright neon bullets that litter the screen from your enemies. Not only will your eyes be satisfied, but your eardrums will be inundated with a head banging background tune to keep you pumped while you try to survive the bullet hell onslaught.
Interesting aspects that I found with this title are that the whole playing field is not seen to the players all at once. The screen will follow players and scroll left from right and right from left to reveal the rest of the battlefield. This in turn creates more opportunities to dodge your enemies bullets as well as creates much
needed space to help you survive. This game is tough, but it is extremely fun. I have yet to play through once on normal with a friend or on my own and make it to the final boss. The frantic dodging of bullets and constant barrage of psychedelic visuals keep me coming back for more to get to that elusive final boss.
This game with its frantic gameplay, heavy guitar sound track and amazing visuals are totally worth the 80 points I spent on it. This game is a perfect example of the kind of value you can find on the Xbox indie marketplace. I recommend this game to anyone who is a fan of shooters or just a fan of intense gameplay for a great value.