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A sharp contrast to Renegade Kid’s technically stellar DS games, Mutant Mudds wraps up retro-inspired charm, pixel art that pleases the eyes, and a boatload of challenge, all making highly effective use of the 3DS slider switch, all in one affordable downloadable package. The reliance on timing jumps and blasts in later levels may be a deterrent for some, but for those willing to give into the one-more-go factor this game is one of the eShop’s best.
We've seen developers blend puzzles with 2D platforming to create some interesting hybrids, but it's nice to see a developer get back to basics and offer up a more traditional platforming experience for players to sink their teeth into. With its crafty level designs and unique visual style, Mutant Mudds offers up the best of both 8-bit and 16-bit worlds, all the while giving fans of the genre a classic 2D platformer. Mutant Mudds might very well be the best eShop game to date, and one no platformer fan should miss.
The A.V. Club
Certain questions come to mind while playing Mutant Mudds. Why does this kid have a jetpack? Why does he have a gun that seemingly shoots eggs? Why does his grandmother live in the middle of 16 abstract levels that are covered with lava and ice? If a giant meteor of sentient mud landed on earth and started causing trouble, how will collecting little diamonds help? Renegade Kid’s game is not forthcoming with answers, but it makes up for its incoherent sense of place with a series of excellent precision-platformer challenges. In each stage, there are 100 diamonds to collect, and an additional secret stage within that is even harder. Take three hits from red-eyed baddies, and you have to restart the level. Mudds can be taxing, but it’s rarely unfair. It’s always clear what you must do to proceed, even if many of the levels have you bouncing between background, foreground, and right up against the screen…
Mutant Mudds entführt euch als schöne Hommage in fast vergessene 8-Bit Tage. Max’ Abenteuer spielt sich klasse und sieht toll aus. Für 9 Euro bekommt ihr hier ein tolles Jump‘n‘Shoot Abenteuer, dass bisher eines der besten eShop Games ist. Wer auf eine solche Art von Spielen steht, sollte sich den Download nicht zweimal überlegen. Einziger Negativpunkt ist die mangelnde Abwechslung auf Dauer, aber darüber kann man bei diesem Preis getrost wohlwollend hinwegsehen.
Canadian Online Gamers Network
At the end of the day Mutant Mudds is a game that a lot of people should experience. The simple but yet charming visuals and sound are complimented by some old school addicting platform action, but make no mistake, the game can be challenging that is for sure, and the lack of variety may turn some people off. Even with the noted issues, the game is pretty good, and overall I think it is safe to recommend it to most everyone out there, especially those who are looking for some quick and challenging bursts of platform action while taking their 3DS on the go.
Fort d'un level design diabolique et d'un gameplay aux petits oignons, Mutant Mudds se présente comme un must have pour les amateurs de jeux de plates-formes à l'ancienne. A la fois simple d'accès et particulièrement exigeant, celui-ci fait un quasi sans-faute, seul le prix pratiqué et un léger manque d'originalité faisant tache. Cela ne nous empêchera pas de vous conseiller vivement l'investissement.
Mutant Mudds' simple yet challenging gameplay makes Max's adventure more than a nostalgic romp through a colorful 8-bit land. Despite a degree of repetitiveness, the game's cleverly designed stages and unique 3D aspect help it stand on its own. Anyone craving classic platforming action should give Mutant Mudds a try.
Once you’re through a level, the world map has doorways back into places you’ve been or yet to open. There’s an attic where your grandmother will sell you upgrades for a certain amount of diamonds. There are secret doorways to other levels in different worlds. There’s a lot of depth for a downloadable title game, and Mutant Mudds contrasts strikingly with the first wave of DSiWare games, showing how the service is evolving.
Pocket Gamer UK
Mutant Mudds is a great slice of retro-styled platforming for the 3DS, which just falls at the last few hurdles.
Mutant Mudds doesn't quite have the brash, devil-may-care attitude of Super Meat Boy or the charming personality of VVVVVV, but its refined obstacle courses are a distillation of what made us fall in love with 2D platformers in the first place. Despite being developed by a company called Renegade Kid, Mutant Mudds plays it safe. It never went out to set the world on fire - and it doesn't - but it ascends above its humble concepts with gusto and aplomb.
That said, if you can stomach the price point Mutant Mudds is an excellent 3DSWare title to add to your collection especially if you are a retro gamer who loved the platforming genre back in the day. Some of the stages are unbalanced for sure, but the vast majority hit that sweet spot of making the player feel accomplished once they succeed. While we’d like to see more to the game in a future sequel, this iteration of Mutant Mudds is still a great value with all things considered. If you can look past it’s flaws you’ll find another hidden gem in Nintendo’s 3DSWare offering.