Mutant Mudds Collection is a masterfully crafted bundle of indie titles that will satisfy your retro itch. The presentation is simple, sleek, and effective, and for only $14.99, Atooi’s latest title is incredibly deserving of a purchase.
The collection features three games in the download: Mutant Mudds Deluxe, Mutant Mudds Super Challenge, and Mudd Blocks.
Mutant Mudds Deluxe
Mutant Mudds Deluxe is well done in a few ways. The gameplay is challenging enough to keep things interesting, while also not forcing the player to get accustomed to a massive difficulty spike. Additionally, the way it tinkers with level depth is incredibly interesting. For example, the player jumps to different depths within each level, which is a take on side-scrolling platforming that I dig. It adds new flare to the age-old gameplay style, which is perfect for a game calling back to retro roots, whilst simultaneously modernizing the presentation.
You play as Max, a kid set out to fulfill one task: get rid of the Mutant Mudds. The story takes a backseat for sure, but it’s strong enough to make me feel like there is a goal in mind, rather than simply powering through levels for nothing. It’s a charming plot that definitely fits with the retro-style of the overall game.
Mutant Mudds Deluxe is a fantastic game through and through, but that’s not all this collection offers.
Mutant Mudds Super Challenge
Mutant Mudds Super Challenge is essentially the original game, but made substantially more difficult. While Mutant Mudds Deluxe is for your everyday player to enjoy, Mutant Mudds Super Challenge is undoubtedly for the hardcore players looking for a challenge. The appeal of the first title is still there, but it reaches a new audience; this is a fantastic game to have included in the collection, as it reaches a more unique market. With these two games, Mutant Mudds Collection is not only reaching out to nostalgic gamers in remembrance of their favorite games from the 1980s and 1990s, but it also calls to those into speedrunning and games with a massive difficulty spike.
Mudd Blocks is the most casual of the three games, but it’s still deserving of a spot in the collection. It’s a game I found myself playing substantially less of than the other two, however, I still had some fun with it. The title is one to play in-between sessions of Mutant Mudds Deluxe or Mutant Mudds Super Challenge, to switch up the gameplay a bit. Ultimately, it’s a puzzle-style game that we’ve seen before, with the added charm of being tied to the Mutant Mudds franchise – it pulls from the original game to give it a feel of exclusivity, which most puzzle games don’t have.
Overall, Mutant Mudds Collection is well worth its budget price tag. It is a killer title to have if you’re a retro-fan like myself, but it’s also worth the buy for its array of gameplay options. The collection as a whole was obviously given care, and the fact is made obvious by its sleek presentation. Its visuals are incredibly gorgeous, the unique chiptune sounds will have you jamming in no time, and the gameplay is perfect – Mutant Mudds Collection is a stand-out title on the Nintendo Switch eShop.