Galaxy Rushroom is a 3D runner game in which you use your space scooter to run chores for your hunky mushroom husband.
Originally made as an entry in the Bored Pixels Jam, Aho Games’ Galaxy Rushroom delivered on the ‘Space’ theme by having the dodge-em up — which follows the story of a errand-tasked mushroom girl — set in the clustered pathways of outer space.
What starts as a case of simply pivoting (on a circular axis) between planets (and the occasional satellite as you set off to grab some milk) soon turns into you weaving between spooky space eyeballs and dodging droves of road signs. It’s all done in a very snazzy color palette, and with some equally snazzy, escalating music to accompany you.
Galaxy Rushroom has two modes. The core story mode reduces each dash into a minute or so of bursting through space, each intercepted by a brief (and very well-drawn) comic section. Meanwhile, the infinite run section strips out the comic and the breaks, but gets you to the quirky stuff faster, especially if you are one of those players who finds themselves in a zen state with rhythm games.
Regardless of the mode you choose, it is all very fun and well made. Impacts with interplanetary objects, although abrupt, triggers a slow fail animation which — unlike some runners — doesn’t feel like it teases the player. As I initially struggled to identify which space objects would manifest into problems, I spent a lot of time rapidly restarting, never developing that strange sense of guilt which sometimes comes with repeated failure in such games.
Galaxy Rushroom is available now on Itch.io.