Thursday, June 13, 2013

Mutant Mudds Deluxe, easy enough for kids, hard enough for parents? One big difference between the PC and Wii U versions.

Not all images are from Mutant Mudds, but one is inspired by it.
Coffee Beans
Mutant Mudds Deluxe released today on the Wii U and is available to purchase from the eShop for $9.99. The game was developed and published by Renegade Kid, and has an ESRB rating of "EVERYONE" with "Mild Fantasy Violence" listed as content for parents and gamers to be aware of.

I purchased the PC version of Mutant Mudds last year when it released, and you can read some of my impressions of that version HERE. Bean 1 (our oldest son) started playing the PC version, after watching me play it, and considering his age he is pretty good at the game using mouse and keyboard controls.

I was planning on buying the Wii U version today so he could play it with a more standard controller and button layout (like what he's used to with the Mario games); plus, I really enjoyed the PC version and wanted to play the new levels added to the Wii U version.

I saw that Renegade Kid was doing a contest giving away copies of the Wii U game. It was a drawing/art contest, but they even made it possible for a "non-artist" like myself to be able to enter, giving us an option to create a digital image or collage using existing images.

Did we win one of the contest giveaways? Brew yourself some coffee, and hit the jump to see the image I created (if you missed it already) for the contest, and a video of Bean 1 playing one of the levels in Mutant Mudds Deluxe on the Wii U!


The Brew & Caffeinated Thoughts
The image above was the one I created for the contest, using an image from Mutant Mudds as inspiration. Instead of having Max in it though, I decided to involve the Beans, and make it like they were sucked into Max's world.

Yes, the Sacky Sit-Sits have taken the form of Bean 2, because he has inspired them with the muddy mess he makes along the way. Or, that was the idea, and Bean 1 has to clean up the mess while tracking down his younger brother.

Were we one of the winners though? We were!

Now, is Mutant Mudds Deluxe fun for the entire family, as the first image above says? Well, Bean 1 and I have both enjoyed our time with the game today. If you enjoy the platforming genre, or think you might enjoy the game, I do recommend you give this one a try.

Bean 1 was super excited to play it, and had been looking forward to the Wii U version after watching the trailer several times over the last week. Is Bean 1 any good at it? Here's a video of him playing through the first level in Mutant Mudds Deluxe:

Some of the levels in Mutant Mudds Deluxe are easy enough for kids to complete on their own, as the first image says, but many are challenging enough to probably require the help of a parent. Bean 1 is able to finish some of the levels without trouble, as you can witness in the video above, but in other levels he does request help.

One big difference between the PC version of Mutant Mudds and Mutant Mudds Deluxe Wii U is the timer in each level. The PC version has a timer that just keeps track of how long it takes you to finish a level, so you can spend 10 minutes in the levels hopping around if you want. The Wii U version of Mutant Mudds Deluxe has a timer that counts down though, and when it runs out you have to start the level over (or, at the last check point).

Having the timer count down makes Mutant Mudds Deluxe like the original Super Mario Bros. games, where each level had a timer counting down and you need to reach the end before it reaches "0:00". I think the timer might be a good thing though, as it might help Bean 1 to concentrate more on the task at hand of finishing the levels, but I'm not sure if it will be too challenging for him in some of the later stages.


Now, if Renegade Kid patches the Wii U version in the future, I think adding a "Timer Off" option, like turning off the check points is an option, might be a good thing to include.

Questions
Have any of you picked up Mutant Mudds Deluxe already, and if so, what do you think about it?

If you own a Wii U and haven't purchased Mutant Mudds Deluxe yet, and perhaps have some questions about it, feel free to leave them below!

5 comments:

  1. It's a fun little game - I haven't played it a *lot* but I picked it up for my iPhone when it was a freebie about 2 months ago (I think Robert was the one who told me about it back then, but I could be wrong).


    My son's got it on his 3DS and love sit - Pretty sure he's beaten it.

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  2. I think just the main levels - he played the heck out of it when it first came out, but I don't think he has played it much since.

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  3. moving and pick up the things we want and finish the game suceessful

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  4. Aw man, I gotta read more into contests in the future, the moment I heard art/drawing contest I lost interest due to my lack of skill, but I could have done something digitally probably! Oh well, probably still wouldn't have won!


    But I really like Mutant Mudds a lot. I've only played the 3DS version, and beat all the levels plus the "DLC".


    The Wii U version looks great, but I only just beat all of the DLC finally last month (I took my sweet old time with it) so I'm kind of burnt out. Not really looking to spend $10 on it, but will definitely keep an eye out for a sale like I did with Mighty Switch Force HD.

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  5. "Aw man, I gotta read more into contests in the future, the moment I heard art/drawing contest I lost interest due to my lack of skill, but I could have done something digitally probably! Oh well, probably still wouldn't have won!"

    Haha! Yeah, I'm terrible at drawing, but I am practicing! Everything in the photo (minus Bean 1 and Bean 2's head) I credited using shapes/colors/lines in Photoshop. It took me a while, but I had fun learning how to do new things in the program.

    As for the game, we have the PC version which I got last year, but I was excited for this one so Bean 1 could use a regular Wii Remote (he used the GamePad in the video though, and is pretty good with it in general now) and the extra levels.



    I'll try to keep an eye on it, and do a sales post if I see it go on sale on the eShop anytime soon.

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