Mutant Mudds Deluxe Review: Here’s Mudd in your U!
Mutant Mudds became an instant classic the moment it was released for the Nintendo 3DS. The game starts when a meteor hits Max’s world and spreads enemies made out of mud everywhere. It’s up to Max to clean up his home with his water gun and protect his grandma. It’s a charming, quirky and simple concept that doesn’t get in the way of anything but sets up a unique world flawlessly with it’s simple premise. A retro vibe is constantly in the air as you play the game but nothing about Mutant Mudds is dated.
There is beautiful music for every stage (a good move by Renegade Kid to avoid using the same tunes repeatedly) and the art style is amazingly detailed while being minimalistic. Visuals are heavily influenced by 8-bit and 16-bit era games, adding to the game’s charm. Mutant Mudds was a very pretty game on the 3DS and this HD up-port on Wii U is the best looking of all versions. Blowing the game up to fit your HDTV really adds a lot to the game and I sincerely hope Renegade Kid considers giving Mutant Mudds 2 the Wii U treatment.
If you’ve played the 3DS version of the game you probably already know a lot about the game. A big question for fans who’ve already played Mutant Mudds is whether Mutant Mudds Deluxe is worth a second (or maybe third!) purchase. I can tell you that this is in the definitive version of Renegade Kid’s stellar retro platformer. The $9.99 price tag is a bargain considering how fun the experience is from start to finish, which will take you about 6-8 hours.
There are 20 normal levels which each have a hidden level inside of them. These hidden stages are shorter and are broken down into V-Land, CGA-Land and G-Land settings. Sometimes these hidden levels just require a bit of exploration to be discovered, other times they require a particular power-up.
The 20 normal levels are broken down into groups of four and each group has it’s own theme. One group has a theme of grass and hills, another is fire themed with lava while a third (and most difficult) group is ice themed with slippery surfaces.
Each level has 100 diamonds for the player to collect, some levels making this task harder than others. Once 100 diamonds have been collected on the 20 normal stages you gain access to a 5th group of levels (but I won’t spoil the setting for you!) that finishes off the game. Levels use a layered effect with a background and foreground on the 3DS to emphasize the system’s 3D screen and this mechanic transitions well into HD without 3D.
The levels are of top notch caliber. Each stage has stressful parts that require pin-point precision in your timing and jumping but none of them ever feel cheap. Everything feels well thought out and the satisfaction you feel when you finally beat a difficult level is tremendous. In addition to the original levels, Mutant Mudds Deluxe features exclusive Wii U levels, called the Ghost levels. These levels change the entire core game play of the original stages, remixing them altogether. Enemies may be placed differently throughout these ghost stages and your normal water weapon doesn’t harm enemies because now they’re paranormal.
This makes the ghost levels more strategic as you can either search for a special weapon that gives you ten shots to attack ghost enemies or ignore defense and rush to the stage’s finish. This ghost gun limits your ammo and you have to decide whether it is worth it to take out a particular enemy with your limited ammo. Not to mention the fact that enemies regenerate seconds later in these ghost levels. These new Wii U specific levels make the game worth the price of admission alone but thankfully Renegade Kid didn’t stop there with their improvements.
Mutant Mudds is a hard game. It isn’t so hard that you feel cheated but it will kill you. A lot! In other versions of the game this was an issue so Renegade Kid added check points to this version. Check points aren’t forgiving either though as they are often placed just after a difficult portion of a stage. This makes it easier to complete hard levels not because it dumbs them down, but it gives you a great stopping point.
The levels aren’t made any easier with this check point system, just more tolerable. Let’s face it, no matter how good a game is, if you have to replay the same levels over and over again without victory you will inevitably give up. Check points are a great addition to Mutant Mudds and they stop players from doing just that.
Mutant Mudds Deluxe is the best version of the 2012 hit platformer. It oozes charm, looks amazing in HD on your television and contains good improvements on the foundation of what made the original so great. During a busy Wii U software release schedule Mutant Mudds Deluxe would still be a must-have game. Not playing Mutant Mudds Deluxe during this long Wii U software drought is nearly criminal. Every Wii U owner should have Mutant Mudds Deluxe (53MB download so Basic Set owners too!) on their system as soon as possible.
(Thanks goes out to Jools Watsham of Renegade Kid for providing a review code for Mutant Mudds Deluxe.)
Mutant Mudds Deluxe belongs on your Wii U.