Mutant Mudds Super Challenge

Game review by
Kyle Gold, Common Sense Media
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Challenging retro love letter entertains but lacks depth.

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No messages, positive or negative.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Young boy saves day with his inventions. May inspire creativity.

Ease of Play

Simple controls, but this game is very hard, requires precise shooting, movement to progress. Very few checkpoints; "death counter" on restart screen can be frustrating.

Violence

Max uses a squirt gun to defeat enemies. He will die when he touches enemies, spikes, but no blood, gore shown.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mutant Mudds Super Challenge is a downloadable action platformer that lives up to its name, and its difficulty may not interest every player. This game is a remastered edition of the classic Mutant Mudds with new levels, characters, and bosses. The hero Max can jump, shoot, and hover to overcome the mutant "Mudds" and traps, but no blood or gore is shown during combat. Max can die if he touches enemies, but he reappears shortly afterward to continue his fight. Otherwise, there's no objectionable content to be found. Veterans of the Nintendo era of games such as Mega Man and Super Mario Bros. may be delighted to play another difficult retro game, but younger players may find the content to be frustrating and hard.

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What's it about?

MUTANT MUDDS SUPER CHALLENGE follows the events directly after the original Mutant Mudds game. Max, a boy handy with his trusty jet pack and squirt gun, discovers that a meteor that crashed into Earth is still leaking out the evil Mudds he once defeated. Max sets out to the country of Doro to stop the Mudds and destroy their source once and for all.

Is it any good?

This action platformer can be a fun game for players looking for a challenge, but its difficulty and lack of depth will probably keep most gamers away. There's nothing inherently wrong with Mutant Mudds Super Challenge because the controls are excellent and the graphics are pleasing, but nothing's really that spectacular, either. The game’s slow pace and repetitive obstacles may be all too familiar to those who have played any classic platformer. But the gameplay provided by the limited mechanics is quite enjoyable. The controls are tight; the puzzles are tough yet solvable; and the level layouts require players to change their tactics regularly. All the building blocks are there for a perfect platformer, but the game falls flat with its easy boss fights and lack of variety in gameplay.

Also overshadowing the game is its difficulty, which is apparent from the very start of the game. It starts off hard and only gets harder as the enemies grow in number and the traps become more devious. Some near pixel-perfect jumps and ducking are necessary to succeed, and checkpoints are far and few between. Because of this, you'll probably have to restart many times to beat each level, which could discourage anyone from finishing the game. But if you love a challenge or you think you can handle the steep spike in difficulty for the game, you'll be enthralled with the rigorous gameplay of Mutant Mudds Super Challenge paired with its awesome 8-bit soundtrack.

 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about difficulty in games such as Mutant Mudds Super Challenge. If a game is too hard, does it cease to be entertaining? Or do you feel a greater sense of satisfaction once you've achieved your goal?

  • Discuss classic games. What do you think made those games so fun to play, even with minimalist graphics? What are the differences between modern and classic games? How can future generations of games build off the mechanics established in past games?

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