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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 3.0
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.0
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.8
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Overall User Score (5 votes) 3.4

Critic Reviews

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It's a shame because if it wasn't for such an obvious irritation, Mushroom Men would undoubtedly be getting a Gold Award for its top-notch story, solid action and old-school puzzling solving. Unfortunately, its single failing happens to be a pretty major one - it doesn't stop us from recommending Mushroom Men, but it'll certainly have you swearing at your Wii Remote on more than a few occasions.
Cheat Code Central (Dec, 2008)
Undoubtedly, Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars will not see as much commercial success as its quality warrants. The game is not perfect, nor will it appeal to everyone. However, Red Fly and Gamecock have done a great job of bringing a compelling adventure to the Wii that uses craftsmanship and care in its creation. This translates to an interesting experience that shouldn't be missed if you're a Wii owner struggling to find quality third-party titles, or if you are just looking for a fun story arc to follow for a few hours.
IGN (Dec 08, 2008)
Mushroom Men is notable for its presentation and art style alone. But while it is visually and aurally unique, the gameplay is pretty generic platforming. And this motion-controlled combat has to go. Still, you could do a lot worse than invest some time in a solid, if commonplace, adventure. If you've been jonesing to be immersed in a game world on the Wii, Mushroom Men just might do the trick.
games xtreme (Apr 21, 2009)
On the whole, this is a good game. But it had a potential to be a great game, and that disappointment is what makes it seem worse than it actually is. There were many games with a bad camera, but I don't remember feeling quite this frustrated with any of them. Main reason for that is that Mushroom Men had such a huge potential and it is so beautifully done, that a little bit of extra effort around the camera would have made it a "must have" game. Unfortunately, it doesn't live up to the expectation and delivers at times wonderful, but at other times most frustrating gaming experience. It should come with a health warning.
GameZone (Dec 16, 2008)
If linearity is not an issue for you, Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars is a rewarding action/adventure. And even if it is an issue, those who enjoy the genre will find a lot to like about this game.
Gaming Nexus (Jan 15, 2009)
You won’t find any platforming innovations in Mushroom Men. What you will find is a competent, fun little adventure in the literal sense of the term. Mushroom Men’s charm and character make it much more than the sum of its parts. In spite of its flaws, I highly recommend it.
Worth Playing (Jan 07, 2009)
Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars is a cute and well-designed, if not particularly unique, title. The visuals are a bit weak, but the superb art direction does a lot to make up for that. The Spore Wars is a great example of a game where solid art direction did what top-of-the-line graphics could not. Unfortunately, it isn't without its flaws. The camera system is pretty awful, and if you don't have the patience to work with it, it could potentially ruin the experience. If you're willing to take that risk, however, you'll find a fun platforming title hidden underneath, which should please both kids and parents alike. Now we just have to hope for a sequel with a better camera ….
Game Shark (Dec 29, 2008)
At its core, this is a very fun, very funky little game. Wii owners starved for solid content this season should definitely look into Mushroom Men, especially platform fans and gamers who like a freaky, fun atmosphere to go with their hopping and bopping. Getting past a few stale game mechanics, this game has sleeper hit written all over it. Just don’t go in expecting Super Mario Galaxy, or play it under the influence of actual mushrooms.
74 (Jun 24, 2009)
Was für ein Dilemma! Alles sah danach aus, als ob die Sporenkriege auf dem Weg seien, das bislang interessante Wii-Hüpfabenteuer dieses Jahres zu werden: Stimmiges, rundherum gelungenes Artdesign, saubere Technik, klasse Akustik - das alles machte Lust auf mehr. Doch nach ca. drei bis vier Stunden setzten angesichts des prinzipiell gelungenen, aber letztlich kaum noch überraschenden Wiederkäuens einfacher Mechaniken erste Abnutzungserscheinungen ein. Und als nach fünf Stunden der Abspann über den Bildschirm lief, war klar, dass Mushroom Men technisch sehr eindrucksvoll ist, aber inhaltlich nicht nur altbacken bleibt, sondern zudem noch in diesen konservativen Mechanismen Fehler macht.
De korte duur, het slechte camerawerk en de erg generiek aanvoelende gameplay voorkomen dat dit spel het potentieel bereikt dat zijn uiterlijk doet vermoeden. Niettemin is Mushroom Men een veelbelovend begin van wat een boeiende franchise zou kunnen worden. Als je in de stemming bent voor een stijlvol platformgame en je het niet erg vindt om wat teleurstellingen te verwerken, zal je een leuke tijd beleven aan Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars.
70 (Jan 25, 2009)
In the end, Mushroom Men turns out to be a great idea and a unique concept that goes for the pretty and then kills the nice things about the game by making the gameplay elements too simple, boring, and clunky. If they can find a way to flesh out the good things about the game and make them more prominent, while erasing the bad mistakes in another installment we could see a great franchise form on the Wii. For now, the series has a lot of work to do.
All in all Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars is not a bad game - but those who are hardcore fans of the genre will be hard pushed to find anything they've not already seen elsewhere.
Nintendo Life (Mar 23, 2009)
Mushroom Men is an ambitious debut by Red Fly Studio. The art direction and funky audio set the tone perfectly. It bodes really well for the upcoming Wii version of the Ghostbusters game, which is the studio's next project. The platform action works really well and the environments feel huge and are fun to explore, but the awkward in-game camera unfortunately takes the shine off this. Another area with 'shroom for improvement lies with the motion gestures used for combat. It gets tiresome after a while so a more traditional alternative would have been appreciated as a fallback. Despite a few niggles the good outweighs the bad and it is certainly one of the better platformers on the Wii. It will only take you around six hours to complete, but it’s a fun ride while it lasts. If you are in the market to pick up an untaxing platform game with a quirky sense of humour to while away a few hours, this might just be the game for you.
GameSpot (Jan 06, 2009)
If you don't care to hunt down every last hidden item, you can breeze through Mushroom Men in less than five hours. The short length, poor camera, and mostly generic gameplay prevent this game from reaching the potential that the presentation implies. Nevertheless, Mushroom Men is a promising start to what could be an interesting franchise. If you're in the mood for a stylish platformer, and you don't mind putting up with a few setbacks, you'll have a good time with Mushroom Men.
GameSpy (Dec 22, 2008)
Sure, Mushroom Men has a few flaws, but it's still an enjoyable game. The platforming is solid, the premise if fun, and it has fantastic art direction. Hopefully we'll see an improved sequel in the future.
Video Game Generation (Apr 10, 2009)
Fans of old school platformers should find something new for their collection in Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars. While the storyline makes no sense whatsoever, it’s a solid game with decent controls, and better, it’s easy to get the hang of things right off the bat, no fuss no muss. The cheap 50’s sci-fi feel helps enliven the proceedings a bit, and while it’s nothing to write home about in the larger scheme of things, it’s a pleasant enough diversion for the committed platform gaming fan.
Thunderbolt Games (Mar 24, 2009)
It’s a testament to what Mushroom Men does right, however, that its shortcomings can be sidestepped for a platformer that will pander to the nostalgia and loving memories players have of games like Crash Bandicoot and Spryo from generations gone by. If you’re in the market for a bog standard platformer that exceeds itself visually and aurally, then Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars is a worthwhile head spin without the legal repercussions.
60 (Jul 01, 2009)
Mushroom Men : La Guerre des Spores a de la bouteille et n'est pas le raté qu'est Mushroom Men : Les Premiers Champignhommes sur DS. La mixture entre plates-formes, action et jeu de rôle est réussie et aurait pu l'être bien davantage si l'on ne devait pas composer avec de tels soucis de jouabilité et une parodie de mode coopératif. Toutefois, on tient là un titre pas inintéressant et qui lance tout doucement une franchise sans doute capable de passer à la vitesse supérieure.
Game Vortex (Dec, 2008)
Faced with mediocrity or abject failure, The Spore Wars manages to land in the first camp, but always skirts the borders of the second. Players looking for anything novel will be greatly disappointed. Players looking for a fun Platformer will also be disappointed. Playing with a friend is out of the question, and there's nothing in the way of online content or leaderboards. About the most fun we had with the game was looking at concept art, playing mini-games, and listening to the great original music featuring Les Claypool. Preferring this to the actual campaign says a lot for how low the fun factor is for this outing. Yes, this spore is a straight bore...
The Video Game Critic (Jan 08, 2009)
The difficulty is reasonable, checkpoints are frequent, and saves are automatic. Mushroom Men does falter in a few cases where you're forced to navigate tight spaces, in which case it's hard to see your surroundings and movement is frustrating. Also, shaking the controller to perform attacks is not very precise. The graphics are unspectacular, but the soft, oil-painted style is easy on the eyes. The background music has a whimsical but understated quality, and that's true of the game in general. Mushroom Men is cute without being childish, and quirky without being obnoxious. It's just a likeable little adventure that's suitable for all ages.
Mushroom Men has a few things going for it, like cool characters and clever sound design. Unfortunately, none of the good stuff has any bearing on the gameplay, which is a total mess. The camera is awful, the level designs are boring, and combat is comprised of whipping the remote around and hoping that you hit something. The addition of telekinesis might have been cool if it worked well, but it’s just frustrating. Throw in some rote collection goals and you’ll find yourself wondering why you’re subjecting yourself to this. Even in the realm of sub-average platformers, you have several better options than Mushroom Men.
1UP (Dec 04, 2008)
If Mushroom Men did any sort of justice to its artistry and ambitions, we'd have something special to talk about. Instead, we're left with a somewhat archaic, unpolished platformer belied by a novel premise and seemingly interesting world to explore. I enjoyed it enough as an introduction to a very cool, deliberate aesthetic, but it's tough not to desire a Mushroom Men game that executes its ideas more skillfully -- never mind one that takes more than five hours to finish.
G4 TV: X-Play (Jan 06, 2009)
Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars is easily one of the most original games to come along in a while. It has tons of style, a unique vision and all the makings of a wildly entertaining little franchise. Sadly, its first effort on the Wii isn't disappointing thanks to sloppy platforming, poor camera controls, and lack of any real innovation in terms of gameplay. No one is a bigger proponent of inventive design, stylistic presentation and quirky narratives than I am, but at the end of the day, I have to want to play the game. Unfortunately, Mushroom Men needed just a bit more time to ripen before it was sent to market.