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Mushroom Men – The Spore Wars [Wii]
19 March 2013
Excerpt: is a miniature 3D action/adventure platformer. I say miniature as it is played out from a 3-inch high perspective with some really original characters and themes that make for good eye candy throughout the game. The whole world is intriguing as you set out on your adventure playing through gardens, grass, logs, trees and pipes, and over tabletops, sinks, toilets and other household objects.
Conclusion: Although I have had much fun playing Ultimate Mayhem , I have to mark the game down because it is just too similar to Worms 4 Mayhem . If you haven’t played Worms 4 , then it won’t bother you at all and you will be getting a great bargain and I would score the game a point or so higher. But for those of you, like me, who have played Worms 4 , then it is basically the same game with Steam Achievements and a smattering of new maps added.
Pros: Weapons are fun, and the destructible environments mean that no two games are the same.
Summary: Parents need to know that the game is rated "E10+" for this animated violence but players are not fighting against humans. Instead, combat, which has some animated blood, is against rodents, insects, and fungi that have begun to walk, talk and think after a mysterious meteorite has fallen to Earth. The game-play is probably made up of 50 percent combat, 25 percent exploration, and 25 percent puzzle-solving.
Excerpt: While we're quick to highlight quality third-party efforts on the Wii, with recent months delivering a decent number to compete with Nintendo's offerings, the bigger picture is a bleak one. One of the biggest problems is a general lack of effort in terms of visual design, with the majority of third-party Wii games struggling to even better what was put out on the technically inferior GameCube.
Excerpt: Pax’s fate-enforced pilgrimage away from his doomed clan is presented to players through a wonderfully kitsch-heavy War of the Worlds -esque monologue that revels in its 1980’s B-movie brilliance, showing still frames of a disaster Pax doesn’t know about and can’t understand. He’s just a simple mushroom, after all, given sentient life by a mysterious alien comet that’s played havoc with the wildlife and given rise to a brutal civil war between the fungus men.
Conclusion: Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars is the kind of game I love to pull for. Out of the box it presents itself as a game steering far right from the pack and destined for cult status and umpteen sequels. But failing to institute any semblance of sound or original gameplay design is a monumental black mark no injection of visceral creativity can possibly hope overcome.
Conclusion: 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.
Summary: This is a pretty cool game and does add something different in the way of platform gaming for Wii. There are some aspects of it that could be improved on within the game strategically and with the combat controls but its a fun game none the less and certainly something to add to your platform collection