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Interesting and fresh, definitely worth a rent
posted by gamer301 (CLAYTON, NY) Feb 5, 2009
Member since Mar 2008
6 out of 7 gamers (86%) found this review helpful
The storyline is a little odd, but it is charming and fun playing as a little mushroom guy named Pax who runs about the land finding trash and turning it into very cool and inventive weapons. He uses these weapons against common animals and bugs, like spiders, rabbits, moles, mice, and other common creatures you find all over the place. He then gos about doing different things and funding new items and fighting new animals and other creatures. There is also a kind of multi-player. It is the same as Super Mario Galaxy's in the way that you are only an icon that goes, but in this game you can pick stuff up and throw it at things and you can create help for the first player. Different, but only fun when you can pick something up carry it around everywhere and name it Bob, otherwise it is bland.
Pros: Fresh new gameplay good action, very good weapon selection and enemy types. Creative environments and it is not all just action, there is sometimes occasional times when you have to think before doing, which adds some extra fun.
Cons: Odd storyline, characters could have had more information, that would help with the storyline. Some times it is very hard maneuvering and you have no where to go can drive you crazy. Multi-player could have been a bucket load better.
This game has lots of fresh new gameplay, though the story could be better, you should absolutely worth a rent, you should enjoy it.
Very good quirky fun!
posted by decapad (BRONX, NY) Mar 11, 2009
Member since Dec 2007
3 out of 4 gamers (75%) found this review helpful
posted by kingkool (LARCHMONT, NY) May 30, 2009
Member since May 2008
3 out of 5 gamers (60%) found this review helpful
Almost a sleeper hit.
posted by TheOgrz (LEWISVILLE, TX) Mar 26, 2009
Member since Sep 2004
2 out of 4 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
The weapon creation system was something I was most looking forward too, and was probably the worst feature. What was hyped as a method of finding scraps of trash and turning them into fun weapons, was actually a simple fetch quest. There is pre-set weapon 'X' and to make it you need parts 'A', 'B' and 'C'. No actual construction involved, you just have the parts or you don't. Also, instead of collecting the actual parts, the items are all inside little ester egg containers, further destroying the fun of finding the parts.
The Platforming elements were actually a small part of the game, taking a seat behind the horrible combat, which you will be spending most of your time on. What platforming there was, was either stupidly easy or rather short.
The levels varied from straight path linear to open sandbox. Overall the straight path levels will make you just want to turn the game off, but the sand box levels were a treat. If all of the levels were sandbox then this would have warranted a much higher score.
Now don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this game. Little things throughout this game were wonderful. I loved how instead of a health bar they simply remove chunks of your head until your whole brain is revealed. And the spoofed real world items were very entertaining.
Bottom line Cons: The game play just does not deliver on what was promised. The combat was repetitive, (enemies have a habit of just pinning you down until you die.) And what platforming there was to be had was either stupidly easy or very short.
Bottom line Pros:Wile the dialog sucks the world is twisted and fun, like saving the now intelligent kudzu from evil rabbits
Overall, if you can get into the world and enjoy it, then this is worth a rental. But this game was unfinished and could have been a lot better.
posted by DJTomEGun (CASTLE ROCK, CO) Feb 2, 2009
Member since Aug 2008
2 out of 4 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
!!! THIS IS WHERE I WOULD PUT A SPOILER ALERT... !!!
...except I'm really not sure what I would be spoiling for you. Short and sweet: as best I can tell, you play a mushroom. I think. You might be an alien, I was never really sure about that... Anyhow, you run around, and beat stuff up. You have some neat extra sensory abilities, and as you progress through the game, you make new weapons out of various trash you find... Uhm, seemingly theres a point to all of this, but I'll be damned if I can think of what it is. But not to let you down on the spoiler alert, I believe this game took me around 30-40 hours to beat. I had no idea I was anywhere near the end of the game when it happened, and frankly, it wasn't much of an ending..I think the game literally just put up a screen that said something clever along the lines of "YOU BEAT THE GAME!", and dropped some credits on me.
tl;dr: I rated this game a 7, because it was decently fun to play, but not particularly grasping. I wouldn't really recommend anyone wasting their time on it. Stick it at the bottom of your Game Q.
The mushrooms are coming!
posted by JCDenton (FREEDOM, NH) Apr 10, 2009
Member since Mar 2006
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
You play Pax, a mushroom on a mission to take down the... evil mushrooms. Okay, it's not Shakespeare, but it's kind of fun. Pax ends up running through a wonderful collection of levels, showing off some real creativity. Leaves, stumps, cans and scrap metal become your stepping stones. Rats, ants, spiders, scorpions and flies become your rivals. You travel from the forest to dark woods and even into a trailer. This kind of creative design is one of the highlights of the game.
The other notable highlight is the weapon system. As you explore Pax's world, you'll find scrap items. If you collect the necessary items, you can build new and better weapons. You get slashing, bashing and thrusting weapons with some very innovative art design. You also get some special weapons that require ammunition. This is well worth exploring the landscape.
The problem with Mushroom Men is that, besides those notable aspects, it's a pretty basic platformer. This doesn't represent the platforming bliss of Mario Galaxy. It's also pretty short, taking about six hours to complete. Some presentation elements come off as average, such as the text blocks used for dialogue and the static backgrounds.
Considering it's short length and average presentation, the glimmers of innovation don't elevate it above the crowd. The concept works well, so it could be worth playing for the platformer-starved gamers out there. But if it doesn't sound interesting to you, feel free to pass on these mushrooms.
Not as good as expected
posted by SlikChik (HERNDON, VA) Feb 11, 2009
Member since May 2008
1 out of 3 gamers (33%) found this review helpful
1. The camera is always at a bad angle, the up side, you can control the camera.
2. There were a lot of bugs. In the first 5 min of playing I got stuck and had to shut down.
3. This game was beaten in just a few hours. And has very little replay value.
4. Some of the environments were pretty cool, since your a tiny mushroom.
this would be a good game to waste a few hours on but that's about it.
Mushroom Men Spore Wars
posted by thebeatle (LAS VEGAS, NV) May 2, 2010
Member since May 2010
good for little kids
little people, big world
posted by thefrabs (JAMESTOWN, NY) Sep 19, 2009
Member since Apr 2008
posted by DillonDS (SPRING, TX) May 10, 2009
Member since Feb 2007
posted by bolonge (LAWRENCE, KS) Apr 15, 2009
Member since Jul 2008
posted by agrunt (WESTERVILLE, OH) Dec 9, 2008
Member since Jun 2008