4cr Plays – Mutant Mudds Deluxe

by Antonio Garcia

Mutant Mudds Deluxe WiiU eShop release that is a port of the 3DS game by the same name (minus the Deluxe part). It dropped today and I had a chance to put it through it’s paces early to give you my impressions.

The main character Max is on a 2D pixelated and chiptune rich adventure to stop the Mudds from taking over the world. Since the Mudds are made of mud (with just a single d), Max uses a water gun to eradicate them from the face of the Earth.

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Because the game was first released for the 3DS, the 3D effect can’t be replicated on Wii U,  so how does it look on the big screen? Thanks to some clever filters and graphical effects used here and there, Mutant Mudds Deluxe looks GREAT on the TV or on the Wii U GamePad. That’s right: the game has Off-TV play, which is always a needed option on the console.

The controls for the game are easy to use and you can move either with the Analog stick or the D-Pad. The A or B buttons jump and shooting can be done with either Y or X. As you may have noticed in the trailer, you can also hover by pressing the jump button again. These simple controls make it easy to jump, hover and shoot the Mudds in your path but you have to be careful not to run out of energy while hovering over the very dangerous one-hit-and-you-are-dead spikes.

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Each level contains 100 Golden Diamonds to collect as well as one Water Sprite at the end. They also contain special doors to extra levels with their own Water Sprites. In order to gain access to these special doors, you have to collect several Golden Diamonds to unlock the power-ups that will get Max to either a Virtual Boy colored level or one that resembles the color palette of Game Boy games from ages past. These three power ups either increase the power of your water gun, the duration of your hover skill or allow Max to jump straight up to about 6 times his regular jumping height. While the power-ups are very useful, there is a catch: only one of the power-ups can only be activate at one time. Therefore, you must use the power-ups to complete the regular 20 levels while also being on the lookout for the special doors so that you can tell which power-up is needed to enter a new digital realm.

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There are also some nice extras in the WiiU version of the game. This edition also has an extra 20 levels for Grannie, Max’s Grandma who is also out to destroy the Mudds! These extra levels are inside of the regular 20 levels behind special doors which lead to CGA-Land. As the name implies, these doors take you to CGA graphics inspired levels with a color palette reminiscent of old games from the infancy of Personal Computer gaming. The only way to get access to controlling Grannie is by obtaining all the Golden Diamonds and Water Sprites in the game (this includes both regular and secret Water sprites) which means you have to WORK to get a shot at the CGA-Land levels.

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So far, that’s 60 levels in total for your purchase which is a nice, big number to enjoy for 5 hours or so, but there are also an extra 20 Ghost levels! That’s right. You’ll get the regular 20 levels, the extra 20 G-Land/V-Land mix, the additional 20 CGA-Land levels AND another set of 20 Ghost levels in this version of the game! The 20 Ghost levels remix the original 20 levels with increased difficulty and limit your ability to destroy the Mudds in the level unless you pick up a special Ghost-busting gun that only has 10 shots. Ghosts also reappear a few seconds after you destroy them, so you better get out of the way and keep moving!

One complaint I have with Mutant Mudds Deluxe is carried over from the 3DS version: the “flash of invincibility” after you’re hit by one of the Mudds is very short which means you could be hit twice in a row before you can get out of harm’s way if you’re not fast enough. It’s minor complaint, but it’s been a persistent issue with the games.

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Mutant Mudds Deluxe is a solid port of Mutant Mudds and maintains all of the great elements and fun gameplay of the original while providing new content to enjoy. Being able to play on the TV or on the GamePad means that you can play either in short bursts or by sitting down for 5-7 hours straight until you obtain every single collectible in the game. If you like the game as much as I did, you’ll be happy to hear a sequel is in the works. Given the difficulty ramping, be sure to start with Mutant Mudds Deluxe to hone your skills!

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