By David Chapman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Mix and match to create endless gaming possibilities.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
While the bulk of the game involves the craziness of the game mashes, the main story deals with characters working to save their business while also creating entertainment that satisfies the requests of the customers.
Positive Role Models
The characters running the game store are close knit and friendly, trying to appeal to their customers' desires and building a strong customer base. They are also shown to be generally good people and helpful to those in need.
Ease of Play
The game genres individually are easy enough to play, but the mashes can make things more complicated. Additionally, randomization of game elements, such as the glitches, can sometimes make the mashes nearly impossible to complete.
Violence & Scariness
There's some mild violence, with characters that fight using guns, swords, arrows, and just about any other standard video game attacks. The games generally have a retro, pixelated style and there's no blood shown onscreen.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that SuperMash is a genre mixing adventure/simulation game available for download on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows based PCs. The story has players creating various combinations of different game genres to create new experiences, drawing the interest of customers and saving a family run game store. These mashes all have a retro game design with classic art styles and gameplay elements. While there's some violence in many of these mashup creations, it's generally very mild with no blood or graphic depictions shown onscreen.
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What’s It About?
SUPERMASH is a genre blending throwback the classic days of retro gaming. The story follows a young man, Tomo, who is trying to help save his sister Jume's game shop after she's served with an eviction notice. After an act of selflessness on Tomo's part, he's given a box containing a PlayType prototype game console. This special device has the ability to mix two different genres of games into a wholly original experience. These "Mashes" can be anything from a stealth-based shoot 'em up to a side-scrolling platformer with Japanese role-playing game (JRPG) mechanics. Using this to craft kitschy and nostalgic games for customers, Tomo might just have found a way to save Jume's shop. SuperMash gives players the freedom to choose any two of six available genres and let the PlayType randomly generate a nearly endless supply of crazy game experiences. Using special Dev Cards, players can customize certain elements of their Mashes, such as enemies, environments, and more. Special glitches in each game can also alter the experience, giving players an extra edge or in some cases, adding new hurdles to overcome. Think you can create the next big gaming hit? With SuperMash and the PlayType console, anything is possible.
Is It Any Good?
In the world of food, there are all kinds of oddball taste combinations don't seem like they shouldn't work together, but when combined, you wind up with a tasty, if not unexpected treat. SuperMash is the video game equivalent of that, mixing together game genres into random blends, or "Mashes," that satisfy gamers' appetites more often than not. Some combinations are hilariously fun to see in action, like an elvish ranger in a classic RPG sporting an assault rifle or grenades, or a WWII fighter plane deftly bouncing around from platform to platform while "stomping" on enemies' heads. That's not to say every Mash is a masterpiece in the making. Sometimes, due to the huge number of variables and the randomness of each Mash's creation, these bite-sized game experiences can prove to be confusing, frustrating, and on the rare occasion, even downright impossible to complete.
Glitches, which can range from zero to three positive or negative effects, are the biggest X-factor in gameplay. Some might make you immune to damage for a bit, while others can spawn enemies with every attack or alter your controls. Still, even impossible Mashes can be fun to play around in. And worst-case scenario, you simply exit out and create a new Mash to try. Toss the one-time use Dev Cards into the mix, and players get a certain level of customization that can add personal touch to a Mash's creation. And with content updates and downloadable content planned for the future, budding game developers are only just starting to unlock the creative potential that SuperMash has to offer.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about game development. What are some ideas that kids might have for their own games? What are some of the resources that kids can use to learn more about developing their own video games?
What are some of the genres that different forms of entertainment are broken into (comedy, drama, shooter, platformer, etc.)? What's the appeal of certain genres, and how can combining genres lead to a more entertaining overall experience?
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Digital Continue
- Release date: May 8, 2020
- Genre: Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: E10+ for Fantasy Violence
- Last updated: May 7, 2020
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