Mutant Mudds Super Challenge is the latest entry in Renegade Kid’s excellent old-school 2D platformer, and as the title implies, it isn’t a joke. Facing off against slimy enemy creatures and plenty of death-dealing spikes, you will die time and time again. You will die a lot. I mean it.
Mutant Mudds Super Challenge
Developed by Renegade Kid / Published by Nighthawk Interactive
Available on the 3DS, PC, PS4, PS Vita and Wii U. Reviewed on the PS4 and PS Vita.
*Review code provided by Nighthawk Interactive
In Mutant Mudds Super Challenge, players will once again take on the role of the blonde-haired, nerdy, water gun-wielding Max as he stumbles upon a giant alien structure and is trapped inside. Now he must fight his way out, taking on stages designed to test your patience and skill.
Now if you know Mutant Mudds, you know that it’s a deceptively simple but solid platformer that is as rewarding as it is unforgiving. Players go about destroying Mudds by pelting them with water bullets, collect coins scattered and hidden throughout stages, and use a limited jetpack to hover and avoid pitfalls, spikes, and other hazardous obstacles. The game also allows players to venture through planes, allowing players to hop from the foreground to the background and vice versa for some cool, perspective tricks. Super Challenge however takes it up a notch, raising the difficulty quite a bit to really test your mettle.
As like the original, players will travel through five worlds with the end objective being the same, collecting the water sprite at the end of the level. Doing so is the hard part, as players will have to expertly hover, move, kill Mudds, and avoid taking damage, all in one life. Three hits mean a lost life, and hitting spikes, lava or other hazards means losing another. Additionally, players will have four minutes to do so, so there’s always a rush. The game has a dedicated death counter with nine digits, so you know you’re going to die a lot.
Thankfully, the controls are on point, and no matter how you die it’s always due to your mistake, rather than the game’s fault. It’s extremely tough, but it also brings mid-stage checkpoints, so it’s definitively doable. It’s just very brutal, so fans of hard games, unforgiving trials and “toss your controller at the screen” games will find something here.
Each stage also has secondary missions that’ll test you even further. There are 100 coins hidden throughout that will require players to risk life and limb to obtain, but even a small mistake means starting over again and having to brave the dangers once more. And then there are also secret levels within that lead to even more difficult challenges that’ll have you cursing and shouting as you fail often. These secret levels can be accessed using upgrades that allow Max to power up the water gun to blast through barriers, extend the time the jetpack can be used, or give him a large jump (only one can be equipped at any one time though). Getting through levels unscathed is hard enough itself, but doing these side objectives is the real challenge and will have you summoning all your strength to push forward and be victorious.
But that’s not all, as the game also features five boss encounters; one torturous battle for each world that’ll make you wish you only had to play through the first level over and over again. These fierce fights will test your skill and mental fortitude, but surviving and coming out on top is a sweet, sweet feeling that’ll have you cheering out loud, or sobbing because you finally did it.
Now, if the game has one flaw, it’s that Mutant Mudds Super Challenge is basically the same game as the original, save for new levels. Being a sequel, it should have brought in new elements, additional gameplay mechanics and overall just more new stuff, but it’s basically Mutant Mudds Deluxe with a bigger challenge. The game’s a fun experience of course, but it should have been something new rather than offer the same thing all over again.
At the end of the day, if you want a real challenging game that will have you question your resolve, Mutant Mudds Super Challenge is it. It’s a fantastic, minimalistic 2D platformer that’s extremely simple to play, it’ll reward you with a satisfying, good time, despite causing you to curse out in anger every so often.