Get ready to ride the rails in Ketchapp’s Android adventure of greed and justice; Chilly Rush. This game is a bit like a free ticket on a London Midland train. It may not be Virgin, but it’s free, and you’ll enjoy the ride for a few hours.
The country-hopping concept behind Chilly Rush is that McGreed, an evil and powerful man – a Mexican ‘Scrooge’, if you will – has stolen all of the savings from a small town. It is up to Rosita, Pedro, and Chiquito to chase the villain down, regain their town’s small wealth and bring McGreed to justice.
The three protagonists of this tale each play their part throughout the game. Chiquito leaps onto the back of McGreed’s speeding train, throwing gold coins, wads of dollars, power-ups (and the occasional stick of dynamite) back towards Rosita and Pedro, who are trailing behind in a hand-car. This is where the gamer comes in, as you’ll be needed to catch the pair as they take it in turns to jump into the air and collect coins.
I found Chilly Rush to be quite a difficult game, despite its simplistic concept, and I am still trying to decide whether the fault was my own, or the game’s.
Firstly, I felt that there were a few too many things to focus on, and this sometimes left my hand-eye co-ordination lacking, which resulted in many a Mexican funeral. Such aspects were the location of coins, which character had leapt into the air, any cash, power-ups or dynamite being thrown, and also whether I had accidentally tilted my tablet enough to inflate my hat and drift onto the tracks, yet again.
Another issue, and one which I believe to be the game rather than my own ability, that caused these Mexicans to go tumbling to the tracks on more than one occasion was that, if the characters were too close to the edge of either side of the screen, it became impossible to catch them on the hand-car again. In addition, the gameplay is somewhat repetitive, and once you’ve played one level, you’ve essentially played them all.
What does change, however, are the locations and the hats, which are equally pleasing.
Beginning with the locations, you’ll be travelling to a variety of places across America, and will be treated to the different backdrops for each. Sometimes it’s a scorching desert and sometimes it’s a cool, rainy night, but it’s always easy on the eyes, like looking out the window on a train journey, if the countryside was on a cycle.
Also, further into Chilly Rush, I found myself sympathising with McGreed. If he likes upgradeable hats as much as I do, and I have to assume he does, I can understand why he feels the need to steal money, because they’re really, really expensive. The first hat available to purchase is $50,000 and Chiquito only occasionally threw bundles of cash my way. They’re worth the wait, though, as each have their own stat-boosting qualities, as well as giving the characters some new snazzy looks.
Nevertheless, though the locales and hats change throughout, and an already quite hard game increases in difficulty, Chilly Rush remains firmly on one track throughout. If this were a paid-for game, I’d say that it’s too repetitive to warrant much expense; however, it won’t cost you a single dime, no matter how many you may collect across the 100 levels. With that in mind, Ketchapp’s game is worth downloading, whether you like Westerns, the sprawling environments of America, or being part of a heroic Mexican tale.