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Mutant Mudds Deluxe Review


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On 06/28/2013 at 10:45 AM by Nick DiMola

3DS owners, you may just want to consider double-dipping.
RECOMMENDATION:

For those who love classic platformers.

I love Mutant Mudds; I’m not going to be bashful about it. It’s one of my favorite games in a very long time and its latest Wii U incarnation further cements that. Rather than rest on their laurels, Renegade Kid has worked in 20 new levels (bringing the grand total to 80) and an optional checkpoint system to help players through the game’s tougher challenges. Combined with the already solid content, Mutant Mudds Deluxe is not only the definitive version of the game, but an absolute steal at its asking price.

Once again, players will take control of Max to defeat the invading Mudds, primarily by seeking out the water sprite that punctuates each level. Throughout the quest, you’ll have a chance to nab 100 golden diamonds per level, which will unlock special abilities when you’ve collected enough. A rapid-fire weapon, extended hover, and a super jump are eventually unlocked and can be equipped one at a time. Each will assist in reaching certain hidden levels within the core set of 20.

After completing the game, Granny is unlocked and she can wield all three power-ups simultaneously. She has her own set of 20 levels also nestled within the core set of 20, all of which require precise use of the full ability set to mount the challenges offered. These levels are unrelenting and intensely challenging. While the core game is largely based on precision timing and platforming, the Granny levels require absolute perfection to be effectively conquered.

Of course, the checkpoint system that was originally added to the iOS version of the game is present here, which certainly takes off some of the pressure. Purists will be happy to know that these checkpoints can be disabled from the menu, returning the game back to its original form. It’s also worth noting that there’s no tangible reward for beating the levels sans checkpoints, so completionists needn’t worry about punishing themselves.

The set of 20 new levels put an interesting twist on the action by turning all of the enemies into ghosts. All conventional weaponry is now ineffective against the foes and the challenge now centers entirely on proper maneuvering and timing. Grabbing all 100 golden diamonds can be quite the challenge in these new levels, as they’re often positioned in extremely precarious spots. Some levels offer a limited-use weapon that will temporarily dispose of ghosts, which can ease collection of some of the tougher diamonds. Unquestionably, the new levels are an interesting change of pace from the core levels because they reframe the challenge to be solely on traversal.

Even if the new levels aren’t enough to entice double-dipping, those who own the game on the 3DS might want to consider upgrading for the upgraded visuals and Off-TV play. Given the widescreen nature of HD, Mutant Mudds Deluxe offers an expanded view of the level, which is helpful for both navigating the levels and spotting secrets. Though the loss of 3D was an initial concern, it was quickly dissipated when I observed the nice blurring effects on the foreground and background planes, making the “active” plane apparent because it’s in focus.

If you’re the type who can’t get enough Mutant Mudds, there’s no question that Deluxe is worth your time and money. While there are only 20 new levels, they offer a new type of challenge, which is really the name of the game in Mutant Mudds. If you don’t already own this fantastic game, there’s no question that the Wii U version is the one you should grab.

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Comments

Matt Snee Staff Writer

06/30/2013 at 12:48 PM

is this on 3DS?  It seems cool. 

Joaquim Mira Media Manager

06/30/2013 at 09:29 PM

It is, but it doesn't have the content that was added for this version.

Nick's 3DS review: http://www.pixlbit.com/review/485/mutant_mudds_review

Julian's PC review: http://www.pixlbit.com/review/660/mutant_mudds_review

Raised_on_Nintendo

07/04/2013 at 12:33 AM

I played through Mutant Mudds on 3DS and loved it.  Where there extra levels for Grandma in that version?  I just figured her unlocking was an extra option, didn't look for new doors or anything.

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