Rush'n Attack

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a game by Konami
Genre: Platformer
Platform: NESNES
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 7.2/10 - 5 votes
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Rush'n Attack
Rush'n Attack
Rush'n Attack

Ignoring the tasteless exploitation of cold war politics, this Metroidvania style side scroller is an amusing and well designed NES port of an arcade quarter-muncher. Sharpen your knife and ready yourself for Rush’n Attack by Konami.

The Design

The look of the game is as common as you’d expect from a title of the same time. If you’re after a nostalgia kick that perfectly represents that era of gaming then look no further. I’ve always found it quite impressive how gaming companies managed to convey so much with so few colours and pixels on screen but this title gives you a clear understanding of who you are, where you are and what you’re doing without a mess of colours blurring your vision or poorly designed levels confusing your sense of direction.

The Gameplay

Focusing on the standard side scroller action, this games focus is to push towards the right of the screen and fight any enemies that come your way. You primary weapon is your knife, one thing I appreciated about it was that it was an instant kill for all enemies you could use it on and that it had a very fast use rate. You can slash through hordes of enemies in moments and it helped you mitigate the swarm of bad guys that can form at a moment’s notice.

Although I earlier likened this game to the standard Metroidvania style, I found the game to be quite reminiscent of Contra Force, although not quite as good, it still provided a lot of the same feel of being outnumbered and running through the world wrecking enemies as a one man army.

You objectives are to enter enemy controlled areas, fight your way through countless footsoldiers, win a unique boss encounter and find Prisoners of War. I liked that once the game was over, it let you play it again on a higher difficult with tougher enemies and even a hidden time limit in the form of a stealth bomber that kills you if you take too long. Way to keep it fresh.

The Enemies

The average enemies are what you’d expect, droves of goons who pile into frame in an orderly enough fashion, lining up politely for their stabbing. When they start coming in from different angles and you’re avoiding them and landmines and turrets, it gets a bit trickier.

An interesting thing I quite enjoyed from Rush’n Attack was its introduction of boss enemies. Throughout the game you will face 4 types:

  • Jump kick soldiers
  • Attack dogs
  • Autogyros
  • Parachuting enemies with multishot abilities.

The interesting bit is that they are barely teased or used before their introductions as higher levelled bosses, so during your first play through, they seem quite unique. They just drop you in with them and you need to figure out the strategy to defeat them.


This is an oldy but a goldy. I enjoyed the nostalgia that came with the well designed and tight gameplay. If you love a classic side scroller, then this is for you.


  • Great controls
  • Fast gameplay


  • A bit on the short side
  • Average enemies lacked enough diversity

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • P-200, 32 MB RAM

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NES/Famicom/Dendy Screenshots