Yesterday afternoon, I sat down with Renegade Kid co-founder Jools Watsham for one of the most laid-back, informal meetings ever. Actually, it was much less of a meeting and more of a fireside chat, only replace "fire" with "giant Gears of War 3 poster." It was a nice change from the typical E3 hustle and bustle.
Renegade Kid was the developer of the two Dementium games, Moon, and the recently released ATV Wild Ride, all available on the DS. Not the biggest company in the world, but the folks there have a lot of heart and passion and just want people to enjoy their work. I mean, these are the cats who released not one but two M-rated DS games!
So anyway, I'm sitting here with Jools when he pulls out his 3DS and launches his upcoming title, Mutant Mudds.
Mutant Mudds almost didn't happen. It was originally a retail title on the DS with full polygonal graphics. That fell through, so Jools pushed for a release on DSiWare and asked fans to support the endeavor. That also fell through.
Back to the drawing board -- Mutant Mudds was reimagined as a 2D sidescrolling for the 3DS. And since the 3DS eShop allows so developers to self-publish, Renegade Kid won't have to worry about the ground falling out from under them again!
Drawing inspiration directly from classic Nintendo platformers, Mutant Mudds is 100% old-school with very few unnecessary frills. The colors are solid and rich, and the visuals as a whole give me a strong Commander Keen vibe. The soundtrack also is chiptune-tastic. As I said, old-school.
Your hero Maximilian carries around a water gun and jetpack combo that allows him to clean up enemy Mudds and hover for limited periods, respectively. The goal in each level is to reach the goal while clearing jumps, taking down foes, and collecting gems along the way. The three levels in the demo were split into easy, medium, and hard difficulties, with the harder levels being more representative of later game challenges.
Since this is a 3DS game, it naturally makes use of the 3D capabilities. In this case, it takes a page out of Wario Land on the Virtual Boy by giving you three different planes to travel along. By jumping off arrow markers, you will be launched either into the background, foreground, or middle. It's a fun effect, but the levels I tried out didn't quite demonstrate if it'll serve any crazy new purpose later down the line.
The game is very chill, very simple, and just knows what it's good at. It's shaping up to be a solid time in the vein of the SNES era. You can tell there's a lot of Nintendo love in here. You can check out Mutant Mudds when it releases later this year on the 3DS eShop!
|9:00 PM on 04.20.2013|
Why would you vote 'No' on Mutant Mudds for Greenlight?
[Update: Jools Watsham of Renegade Kid has clarified that 'No' votes do not directly cancel out 'Yes' votes on Greenlight, but it's not clear if 'No' votes have any other impact on a game's chances to make it onto Steam....more
|6:15 PM on 01.30.2013|
Mutant Mudds will be free on iOS this week
Renegade Kid developer Jools Watsham dropped us a line today letting us know that Mutant Mudds will be free this Thursday and Friday (January 31 and February 1) for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch platforms. You'd be crazy t...more
|4:30 PM on 12.06.2012|
Mutant Mudds rides a white steed onto iOS today
Today is the day that Renegade Kid's Mutant Mudds slip-slides onto Apple devices. If you'd like to double dip (or triple dip), it's a paltry $0.99 on the App Store. I've messed around with this latest build to see how it stac...more
|1:00 PM on 11.29.2012|
Oh you flirt! Mutant Mudds coming to iOS on December 6
Scandalous joking aside, Renegade Kid's Mutant Mudds has indeed been popping up everywhere. There's the 3DS original, the PC update, yesterday's confirmation of a Wii U "deluxe" edition, and now news of a port for iOS devices...more
|9:30 PM on 10.12.2012|
Mutant Mudds 3DS gets free DLC on October 25 in US
If you purchased Mutant Mudds on PC, you were treated to 20 extra hard bonus levels accessible only after you collected all the gems in the main game. These "CGA-Land" stages required the use of Maxwell's Grannie, who could w...more
|3:00 PM on 09.15.2012|
Be a dear and vote for Mutant Mudds on Steam Greenlight
Sweetie pumpkin, could you please visit Mutant Mudds' Steam Greenlight page and give it your approval? Thanks so much! You're a peach! Renegade Kid's amazing eShop darling turned PC game is available on a host of downloadable...more
|7:00 AM on 09.07.2012|
Mutant Mudds 3DS will get those extra PC levels for free
Well this is pleasant. When Renegade Kid brought Mutant Mudds over to PC, 20 additional levels were added. It's not uncommon for later versions of games to pack in more content, but then the question becomes "What about the o...more
|10:00 AM on 08.30.2012|
Mutant Mudds is out on PC, has hardcore grannie action
Didn't get to experience Mutant Mudds on the 3DS? Hankering for some buttery smooth platforming on a larger screen? Then you're in luck! Today is the day that the PC port of Renegade Kid's golden child hits digital distribut...more
|11:30 PM on 08.16.2012|
Mutant Mudds lands on PC on August 30
Renegade Kid is sitting atop the PC edition of Mutant Mudds, ready to ship it out by the end of the month. To hype everyone up, here is a fresh trailer for your eye holes. As mentioned previously, the PC "Grannie Edition" wi...more
|11:30 PM on 06.24.2012|
Critically acclaimed Mutant Mudds denied Steam release
Steam is one of the few powers in the game industry that everyone seems to love. Smaller multi-platform developers routinely report that Steam is their biggest money maker, and diehard fans of the service will tell you flat o...more
|8:00 AM on 05.21.2013|
WayForward: Shantae dances to Nintendo 3DS on June 20
The original Shantae is coming to Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console on June 20, WayForward has announced. Originally released in the dying days of the Game Boy Color, the acclaimed platformer managed to garner a pair of seque...more
|5:00 AM on 05.21.2013|
Tearaway pre-orders will include the wonderful soundtrack
Tearaway is one of my most anticipated games of the year now thanks to some recent hands-on time. It's a wonderful little platformer that makes use of all the Vita's features in creative ways. It also has quite the wonderful ...more
|4:00 PM on 05.20.2013|
This custom Trials Evolution track boggles the mind
When Trials Evolution released last year, I played around with the level editor enough to see huge potential in it and also to understand that I could never personally tap into that potential. Thankfully, there are people li...more