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Video GameClumsy Rush Review
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Posted: 9 days ago, last updated 3 days ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Clumsy Rush is a wacky obstacle course where you compete against friends and family to claim the crown and finish first. In addition to the bizarre obstacles, you must overcome the (intentionally confusing and finicky) controls, where each button moves a different leg. The simple concept, bright visuals and counter intuitive controls level the playing field for experts and beginners in the family.

You play an anthropomorphic hippo and must manipulate your legs to move through the stage and get to the crown, all before making your way to the finish line. Whoever crosses the finish line wearing the crown wins, regardless of whether they finish first, so the person with the crown is always racing to the end, while everyone else tries to stop them and take it for themselves.

In addition to your basic movement by controlling your feet, you can also dash forward and launch into other players or move quickly, but doing so with the crown makes it fall off your head, giving those without the crown an edge in movement.

The result is a chaotic and silly game that offers a fun alternative to similar games that require higher skill and can only be played online, allowing parents to play with young children and siblings to engage in lighthearted competition.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 23/12/2019, updated in 2022

Platforms: Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Players: 1-4

Genres: Action, Race and Traversal

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Games Red Deer (@GamesRedDeer)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 1 minute and 10 minutes to play a round of this game. Depending on how quickly you make it through the randomly-generated obstacles and your proficiency with the controls, the time to play a round will vary.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. The Xbox version supports up to four players. The Switch version only supports two players on the standard game, but a different version, Clumsy Rush, Ultimate Guys, supports up to four players.

When you're nearby, it's a shared-screen, but when you move further apart, the screen splits into sections for each player.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Clumsy Rush is rated PEGI 3, but Clumsy Rush: Ultimate Guys (the version that supports four players) is rated PEGI 7 for Fear.

Skill Rating

4+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to work with the simple but purposefully difficult controls. This can make it sound too hard for youngsters, but actually they usually take to this quickly and it's more experienced players who struggle. In this way it's a good game to level the playing field and allow young children to enjoy the silly fun.

CostsCosts

Clumsy Rush usually costs £1.76 to £10.74.
 

Clumsy Rush

XBox Store Xbox One £10.74
Switch Store Switch £4.99

Clumsy Rush: Ultimate Guys

Switch Store Switch £1.76
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. On Xbox, there is one version of the game, that has four-player multiplayer ad no in-game purchases.

On Switch, however, there are two different versions; Clumsy Rush and Clumsy Rush: Ultimate Guys.
  • Clumsy Rush has no in-game purchases and only supports two-player play.
  • Clumsy Rush: Ultimate Guys has cosmetics you can buy, and supports up to four-player play.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Clumsy Rush Accessibility Report documents 18 accessibility features:
To move, you need to hold down one shoulder button on the controller to keep one foot planted while the other moves, then the other shoulder button. These controls cannot be changed. You often have do this many times in a short timeframe to move your character quickly. There are no time pressures to complete the stage quickly.

There is a very simple tutorial, which explains the game's concept using pictures that are simple to understand.

While most text is high-contrast, some sections, such as the word "pause" in the menu, are not. Most of the text is clear and fairly large, but not 1/20th the size of the screen.

While most objects in the game contrast each other well, some objects can blend in with specific backgrounds, like the crown on a yellow floor. Navigation is never an issue as each stage follows the same format. Backgrounds are bright and colourful, and some moving elements on the stage mean they can be distracting.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We have documented the following aspects of the game in terms of inclusion and representation. Let us know if we missed something. The hippos you play as have no specific gender attached to them in terms of appearance, and you can use any outfits you want to.

Gender and Sexuality:

Gender and Sexuality Choices: The gender and sexuality choices you can make for your character orientation and presentation in the game.

  • Choose Any Gender: You can choose any gender (including trans and non-binary) or don’t have to make this distinction.
  • Unrestricted Gender Presentation: You can wear clothing and present your character’s gender in any way regardless of their gender.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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