Head Rush: A Review
by Brian Mason
Washington Apple Pi Journal, January/February
2001, pp. 33-34, reprint
OK, maybe you have a couple of friends over, or maybe you
don't, and there's nothing on TV, and you've killed all the
monsters in the last game you bought, and you've got this
game you got for Christmas or you birthday, and you wonder
if it's really worth installing on your Mac and playing or
if you should just skip it and head for the mall.
The box says Head Rush is "Hilarious Twisted
trivia Action from the makers of You Don't Know
Jack." I've never played You Don't Know Jack, but
my guess is that this game would be quite similar, but aimed
more at teens. The box also has this warning: "This product
contains immature content, loud body noises, a smattering of
mildly saucy language and references to music, tv shows and
movies that will definitely not be suitable for most
geezers. Besides, they won't get it anyway." This certainly
applies in this reviewer's case. There was one question that
came up while I was playing the game about the female
actresses in Scream and Scream 2, and I didn't
have a clue.
The CD contains 3 audio tracks: "Lose Your Mind"
performed by Motorbaby, "Don't Shake My World"
performed by Swirl 360, and "The Whammy" by 2
Skinnee J's. These tracks are not accessible from within
the program, but can be played on any audio CD player
including the Apple CD Player on your Mac. That takes up
about 10 minutes while you are deciding whether to go to the
mall or not. The music's OK, about what you'd expect for
something targeted to today's younger generation.
Installation is a snap. Just double click on the
"Double&emdash;Click Me!" icon. You can select where you
want the program to be installed. It uses between 27MB and
28MB on disk. The advertised requirements are for a 68040 or
better (PowerPC recommended), 16MB of free RAM, at least a
2X CD&emdash;ROM, 30MB of hard disk space, and video capable
of 640 x 480 @256 colors. And of course, sound. It would be
rather difficult to play without sound since the
instructions and the questions are all spoken in addition to
appearing on the screen. You need Sound Manager 2.5 (or
better), Sound Control Panel 8.0.5 (or better) and Apple
CD&emdash;ROM (or similar).
Just like in a game show, there is your moderator and
host, Bob, who gives you your instructions and provides you
with your questions. You are first asked to indicate the
number of players, 1, 2, or 3. Then each player is asked to
pick one of six characters to stand in for them on the
screen. If one player is playing, they will buzz in when
required using the letter B on the keyboard. If two players
are playing, they will buzz in using the letters P or Q. If
three are playing, all three keys are used.
You are playing for thousands and thousands of dollars.
(Dream on, dream on.) Each round consists of 11 questions.
They could be multiple choice, "DisorDat™", fill in the
blank, HeadButt, Trash Talkin' with Milan, Old Man's Moldy
Memories, and HeadRush. I'm going to assume everyone knows
what multiple choice and fill in the blank questions are
like. DisorDat™ questions ask you to say whether a list
of seven items are one thing or another or both. The first
DisorDat™ question I got had to do with a list of items
that were either a video game, a movie, or both. HeadButt
questions are timed, so the quicker you get it, the more
money you acquire. HeadButt is a word equation, where you
put two words together to make another or a phrase. For
example, color of pickles + entry way. Put together,
the answers are Green Door. You get one clue for each
part of the puzzle and one clue for the solution before time
Trash Talkin' with Milan simply are questions dealing
with English grammar. Old Man's Moldy Memories provides a
series of clues. As soon as you can figure out what the Old
Man is trying to remember, you buzz in and provide your
The final question is always a Head Rush question. Here
you are presented with words and phrases that come and go
across the screen. As soon as you see two that match as a
pair, you buzz in. If you get it right, you get $5,000. If
you are wrong, $5,000 is subtracted from your winnings.
Most of the questions are of the multiple choice variety.
Typical "Head Rush" screen.
If you are stuck for the answer to a question, once each
round you can force your opponent to try to answer the
question. It's called, "Bite Your Neighbor™". If they
get it wrong, they lose money and you are given a shot at
the question. But if they get it right, they get the money
and you lose the same amount.
So do you go to the mall or play the game? I found the
questions to be pretty simple until it came to questions
dealing with the tv and movie culture of the 90's. Today's
teens probably wouldn't have a problem with them. Bob always
gives an explanation of why an answer is correct or
incorrect, so it is somewhat of an education as you go
through the game. (Parents might like that aspect.) The pace
of the game is frantic enough and there are enough stupid
jokes and wisecracking that it is entertaining. Out of a
whole pie of eight slices, I'd probably give it six.
Though copyrighted in 1998, the program is no longer
carried in the Sierra On&emdash;Line catalog. However, using
Sherlock, I was able to find it for sale at various
locations on the World Wide Web.
Min. System Requirements:
Macintosh 68040 (PowerPC recommended)
30MB disk space
640 x 480 @256 colors
Sound Manager 2.5 (or better)
Sound Control Panel 8.0.5 (or better)
Apple CD&emdash;ROM (or similar)
Sierra On&emdash;Line, Inc.
3060 139th Ave., SE, Suite 500
Bellevue, WA 98005