[Beyond PlayStation] Mutant Mudds Super Challenge
Mutant Mudds Super Challenge is a direct semi-sequel to Mutant Mudds, a game that was released on the Wii U and 3DS (among other platforms). Mutant Mudds Super Challenge is a platformer absolutely littered with death traps and dangerous enemies. Players beware: the game is much more challenging than the previous Mudds game and you will die A LOT! Mutant Mudds Super Challenge is identical to the previous title in terms of graphics and platforming mechanics, with some new twists that I will explain shortly.
You play as a blonde spectacled boy called Max who, along with his trusty water pistol and jetpack, set’s out on a quest to do some good among all the bad going around him. The biggest and the main change is the difficulty spike, Mutant Mudds Super Challenge is an incredibly difficult game, wit little room for error. With only one checkpoint per level, each level is timed and you have only four minutes to complete it. The levels will test your patience as well your skill to the absolute limit. There is even a death counter, so each time you die it’s counted as a reminder of how you’re doing! I died about 22 times on the first level – it is certainly not a game for the impatient players! You only have three hit points, so you better make them count!
Death traps are plentiful, and spikes make a return as an instant death hazard. On top of this, you have bottomless pits, icy platforms that can screw up your momentum, deadly lava, tiny platforms full off enemies, and a mix of all of the above in very tiny spaces that must be navigated with surgical perfection.
On the 3DS gameplay you can shoot your gun with the Y button and Jump with the B, while a second press of the B button will activate your Jetpack. The Jetpack will become your best friend, and you will be using it a lot to avoid bottomless pits, to make it to platforms and ledges just a bit far away from your regular jump, or to avoid rows of spikes. Just remember that the Jetpack only lasts for a few seconds so don’t activate it is too early or too late! During your quest you’ll find orange pads with a triangle that can be used to to the different planes of the game. This looks especially good with 3D effects on, as the depth perception is excellent.
The Mechanics on the Wii U are the same as on the 3DS, minus the 3D effect, of course. For the purpose of this review I used both the TV and Off-TV gaming, and I must say the Off-TV play is pretty great! the graphics on the small screen look absolutely fantastic. This means that Mutant Mudds Super Challenge on both platforms is pretty much the same experience, which was to be expected since this is a cross-buy release! Yes, you read that right. This means that you can buy the game on Wii U or 3DS, and you’ll get the other version for free.
Mutant Mudds Super Challenge will test your skills through its entire set of levels full of mind-bending frustrating fun. If and if you think the regular levels are hard, the secret levels (which can be found by using one of three power-ups already unlocked for Max inside of a door in the main hub) will show you that there’s hard, and then there’s secret level hard!
The length of the game is highly dependent on skill. The most skilled of players could complete it in 3-4 hours at most, with subsequent full runs clocking in at less time once they get to learn the layout of each level. Less skilled players might end up with 6-8 hours on their total play counter, along with hundreds of deaths when all is said and done!
[review pros=”Great chiptune music.
Very fun and challenging.” cons=”Might be too difficult for some.” score=89]
This review is based on Wii U/3DS copies of Mutant Mudds Super Challenge provided by Renegade Kid.