iPhone App Review: Plane Rush

iPhone App Review: Plane Rush

May 14th, 2011 by

Take a lot of side-scrolling shmup, add a dash of one-button runner, throw in tilt control and you have a new game from developer JTM Mobile Inc. called Plane Rush. Pilot your plane through a cave using tilt control to maneuver and avoid obstacles, while collecting power-ups and shooting down enemies.

How It Works

Each game places you at the start of a cave, flying endlessly to the right. Tilt your device in all directions to move (even forward/backward), and tap the screen to shoot. Stalactites and stalagmites present obstacles to avoid, as well as enemies that you can either avoid or shoot. Collect power-ups to give you a quick speed boost, temporary invulnerability, etc. The further you progress the faster your ship goes.

Pros And Cons

The game is as simple as I’ve described, which is generally a good thing. It’s easy to pick up and play for short burst, and isn’t heartbreaking to put down since you have so little invested. The graphics and sound are very well done, but the tilt controls could definitely use some way to calibrate the setting.

Being a side-scroller you would naturally want your ship as far back to the left as possible, correct? Well playing the game with your device flat places your ship in the middle of the screen, so I found myself playing with it tilted constantly at an awkward angle to the left, away from my face, picking up glares from whatever happened to be off to that side. Perhaps making the default position be further to the left of center would alleviate this problem, because it’s rare that you would want to be anywhere but there (especially once the speed picks up and everything starts coming at you quickly).


Plane Rush is a great little casual game suitable for adults and children alike, that could just use a slight tweak to the tilt controls or a way to manually calibrate the setting. Other than that it’s great fun and worth the spare buck.

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