There have been many studies done showing how to strengthen a family. Eating at least one meal together, giving each other nicknames, fighting off a horde of evil creatures that have arisen from the depths of... well, all right. So not a lot of studies have been done on the last one, but in the case of Family Rush you can see the family bonds binding even stronger as they blow these monstrous critters off of the face of the planet. It all starts, in this different kind of rail shooter by Denis Vasilev, when a demon needs a real child to complete his spell. Not wasting time, his minions swipe a little baby straight from his/her crib, but not only did that family of six have a little infant, but they also each have a weapon of choice. And so the showdown begins. You start off with only the father, an universal soldier, but after you advance enough you soon unlock his wife, two grandparents and even the family dog, all who are ready to help with their own special weapon. Your little group slowly walks forward. You're not able to control their movements but you aim with the mouse on where you want them to shoot. They all have separate health so if Granny takes too many hits, she'll wheel herself off the screen but the rest will keep trucking forward. You have to plan your strategy carefully on what to eliminate first and purchase the upgrades that will really give you the upper hand.
Family Rush starts off rather slow. You only have one shot until you bow out and since you can't move, you can't dodge. It can be somewhat frustrating as you can't even run forward to get the gold, but later you see that with a large family unit moving would be rather useless. This also changes how to play the game, since instead of just dancing all over the screen willy-nilly, you have to have sharp aim and know what to get rid of first to make it farther. Most monsters don't just charge forward, instead doing a hesitant dance on screen. For those flying in the air it can make it difficult to hit them, but the family shoots where you hover your mouse (no sore fingers from rapid clicking or holding down a button the whole game) and even the heat-seeking missiles you gain later at first fire in that direction and then go to the closest flying monster so you still have a lot of control. While gaining new family members brings new weapons to the play, it's the monsters that are the most interesting and sometimes quite creepy for an adorably colored and animated game. The ending is rather blunt and in your face but this game is an enjoyable little time waster that won't take hours of your day. Besides, we could all use a little family bonding time in our life.