72 people found this review helpful 2 people found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Bigger screen + more gameplay = more fun? - Hell yes it does!
Mutant Mudds Deluxe is an awesome game. Why? Because it does everything right. From the controls, to the chunky pixelated and colorful graphics, to the awesome soundtrack and amazing replayability and challenge level, this game does everything right.
Mutant Mudds Deluxe is a port of the 3DS title of the same name (minus the Deluxe part) and it does it right: It brings the fun to the bigger screen and puts more into the mix to make it even better.
The controls are simple: you jump and shoot - but you can also hover in the air for more precision (and sometimes you'll need to hover to reach some platforms as well); The graphics are like they should be for a game like this: colorful, full of life and original. They claim it to be "12-bits", but you know what? I don't think so few bits can accomodate the amount of fun you will have playing this game. It's pretty large as well with plenty of areas to conquer (plus some really difficult secret ones) and you will have so much fun that it will be pretty difficult to put it down after you start playing it.
This game is a serious love-letter to those early platforming titles from the late 80's and early 90's, packed with everything that made some titles from the era classics.
Do you really need a score after everything I said? Sure, here you go: 9/10. Why 9/10 if you praised the game with every single line you wrote, you may ask. Simply because it doesn't have exploding Spaceships and Flamethrowers, because if it did, this game would be so good that you would need to change your pants after every single section. Buy this game right now! - Actually, buy 2 copies, so you can keep one sealed. - Wait, that's not how it works anymore? Screw society!
This is a fantastic platformer and one of my favorite games of the last year. Great difficulty curve, from fun and easy to rage-quit difficult. Great replay value, with lots of hidden extras that will keep you replaying levels to find the secret areas.
Mutant Mudds Deluxe is fun. I have now completed Mutant Mudds' demo on the 3DS, Mutant Mudds on 3DS, Mutant Mudds Deluxe on Wii U, and Mutant Mudds: Deluxe on PC. I was also partially finished with Mutant Mudds: Super Challenge when my 3DS mysteriously disappeared. Honestly, I think that says enough about the game. If you like platformers with good level design, play this game. Also, make sure to get all the water sprites. They unlock Granny and the CGA-land levels, and you really want those.
40 people found this review helpful 1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
This is one of the best platformers I've ever played. Best played on a nice tv, with a solid controller. This game has a great difficulty curve, and some good replay value with the secret zone they have in every level. This is one of the retro ish games that actually supports mutiple resolutions, so that's nice. I can't stand playing games in w indows on my tv. This, VVVVVV, Super Meat Boy, Braid and the first Bit Trip Runner are some of the best platforming, good quality games you can get on Steam. 10/10.
11 people found this review helpful 2 people found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2015
Mutant Mudds is one of those games I feel like it only gets positive praise just because it's based on the NES classics. If you look past the fact it's based on NES games you just end up with one of the most boring platformers I've ever played.
First off the game has really stiff controls which makes the platforming harder than it needs to be as it almost forces you to use the jetpack for every single jump you make. I feel like if the character's speed increased a bit like to around Megaman's walking speed it would help make the controls more responsive for a platformer like this. The level design is the typical get from one end of the level to the other end while dodging enemies and 3D thwomps, which I would be ok with but it stays the same through out the game with next to no new gimmicks added in every world.
On your way you get diamond pieces which there are 100 in each level and these star pieces with one at the end of the level and one in a secret room. In order to beat the game you have to collect all of them. So if you miss some collectables by the time you beat all the levels you are going to have to backtrack and get the collectables you missed because without those you are not going to beat the game. There are upgrades you unlock during your journey but you can only carry upgrade at a time, and you're going to need them in order to access the hidden areas. The upgrades include a jetpack upgrade which has your jetpack last alot longer and a gun upgrade which has your gun deal more damage and also break certain yellow walls. So if you find the door which leads you to a hidden level and you don't have the upgrade to get to it....you have to exit the level, equip the upgrade and go all the way back to where you found the level. This can get tedious very quickly especially when you're in the backtracking stage of your playthrough.
Speaking of hidden levels, these doors you find in the middle of a level take you a challenge room where everything is either black and white or red and black (because virtual boy) and....they the same as the regular levels....nuff said.
SPOILER ALERT: So what do you get for getting all the collectables in the game.......NOTHING because the game just ends. No final boss, no final level, just ends and shows credits. After you get beat the game you unlock the nerd's grandma which has all the upgrades you had to switch through equipped. There are also some harder versions of levels you completed but at this point I just stopped caring about this game.
This game has a major problem where it gets boring after a while with the same enemies and level gimmicks being pasted over and over again, the collectables don't even help make the game more fun as it just adds more tedious gameplay to drag it out. Doesn't help that there is no boss fights to test your skills on.
At the end of the day it's just a boring, generic platformer that just happened to get tons of praise (and a Wii U sequel in the works) just because of it being 8bit. If you want to play a retro platformer then I don't recommend this. There are much more enjoyable 2D platformers to play including retro ones.
Infact here are some I recommend over this which are available on steam: Freedom Planet Shovel Knight Ducktales Remastered Megaman 1-6 via the Legacy Collection Sonic the Hedgehog 1-3 & Knuckles Rouge Legacy Rayman Origins and Legends
If you really have to get this game then I recommend wait for the game to come on sale as it's not worth the £7 price tag even if you're a NES fanatic.
A standard old-school platformer. Some pretty uninspired enemies don't help. Definately can't get that excited about this one. Metacritic/Gameranking scores of 80%+ are much too generous. Won't say it's a bad game, but nothing special.
Mutant Mudds hearkens back to an age of 8-bit side-scrolling simplicity. I'm not really a fan of side-scrollers, but this game still brought me hours of enjoyment. Its fun and simple, while still retaining a fair amount of challenge. If you are a platformer fan, you'll love it. If not, Mutant Mudds is still worth a look.
70 people found this review helpful 2 people found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 2, 2014
While the graphics and audio are charming, the platforming is often tight and unforgiving. One early example: having to do two jumps in a row where you "hover" after reaching the maximum height on your jump, the first onto a platform that is rapidly appearing and disappearing. If that sounds like fun to you, then you can ignore the red thumb and dive right in. For the casual platformer, the number of elements like this keeps stacking up and their completion provides less satisfaction and more the temporary relief of irritation.
A solid retro platformer, but I can't recommend it.
138 people found this review helpful 4 people found this review funny
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 22, 2014
What is Mutant Mudds?
Story: You start off the game and there's a 10 second cut scene about two things playing a handheld device. That's the story I guess. Nothing else is shown for the rest of the game about what exactly these puddings are, or why you are murdering these puddings.
Level Design: They're either super straight forward, hop from platform to platform no danger involved, oh sorry try again if you fall, or, mass spammed with enemies that just slow down the hopping process as you wait on each platform and shoot to kill the enemies on the next. Checkpoints exist, but more often than not they're at the very end of the level, 2 platforms prior to the exit. What is the point? Certain... mini levels? Exist within the other levels. For completing one you get presumably an extra "high-five" on the level select screen. Most of these levels require the usage of a power up that you borrow from a random grandma's "attic" (except it's just a normal house by all means), and seem to forget which item was required to get into the mini level, because a majority of it can be completely bypassed with said item.
Enemy Design: Goomba, Small Goomba, Large Goomba, Koopa Troopa, Fireball from Lava, Spike-ball that spins from the background to foreground. Also a ghost version of each one exists. There is also a flying... circle pudding. That craps bombs non-stop. Upon touching the pudding you are harmed. Upon landing, the bomb explodes in a huge radius that is practically undodgeable unless you're focussing on dodging the bombs and not getting rid of circle-flying-pudding-guy.
Other Thoughts: Controls by default are very odd. Jump and Shoot is done with the mouse, but apart from that the mouse serves no aiming or menu purpose. Oh right, there's also a menu which I never had to open once. Can easily be remedied though via the drop down and put into basic controls, (arrows + Z + X). The 3 layer levels is an interesting concept that could be taken further. As of right now it's too simple, there's no depth in it at all.
So. What did I just play and beat in about 3 hours? I have no idea.
I REALLY enjoyed this game. The control is a little awkward at the beginning, but the game really is very fun in the long run. It's an old school gameplay and yes, it can be difficult to complete the game at 100%, but that's the way old school games are meant to be played anyway. My only regret is the game could be longer. It's not short, but I completed it and wanted more. I really liked it!
Pros Steam trading cards and achievements Challenging Leaderboard to brag to your friends retro feel/graphics