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Mole Mania

MobyRank MobyScore
Game Boy
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4.1
Nintendo 3DS
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4.0
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Description

Muddy Mole's wife and seven kids have been kidnapped by the evil farmer, Jinbei! It's up to you to help Muddy solve the many puzzles of Jinbei Land. Snatch all of Jinbei's cabbages in every level, and if you get stuck, dig underground and create your own secret underground paths. A word of warning, however - Jinbei has got his best goons guarding your family, so you'd better watch out!

Mole Mania plays from an overhead perspective. Although in each room you have to destroy all the foes to progress, the game is much more puzzle-oriented than it is towards action. It is quite common in later levels to get yourself 'stuck', which can be fixed by leaving and returning to the screen to reset the puzzle. One of the game's clever 'hooks' is that players can dig underground in each stage to find a completely different map than they do above ground, which can be used to get through otherwise impassable terrain.

The game also features a two player mode, where one player is Muddy, and the other is Jinbei. Muddy must swipe as many cabbages as possible, and Jinbei must stop him. At the end of the round, players swap roles, and then the player who got the most cabbages wins.

Screenshots

Mole Mania Game Boy Level screen
Mole Mania Game Boy Digging tunnels
Mole Mania Game Boy Selecting game mode
Mole Mania Game Boy We find the person who's set up the helpful signs

Alternate Titles

  • "Mole Mania: You'll dig Mole Mania!" -- Australian/New Zealand tag-lined title
  • "Mole Mania: Buddel Dich durch!" -- German tag-lined title
  • "Mogurania" -- Japanese title
  • "モグラーニャ" -- Japanese Spelling

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User Reviews

A unique puzzle game worthy of your time. Game Boy qwertyuiop (32541)

The Press Says

Total! (Germany) Game Boy Mar, 1997 1.25 out of 6 95
Retro Spirit Games Game Boy Oct 08, 2013 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Cubed3 Nintendo 3DS Oct 27, 2012 9 out of 10 90
IGN Game Boy Jun 16, 1999 8 out of 10 80

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Contributed to by CrankyStorming (2679) and Ben K (23017)