I've messed around with this latest build to see how it stacks up against the original and PC versions. Long story short, it's the same Mutant Mudds we've played before -- as I previously said, it has all the levels released thus far. In regards to the touch controls, while they probably won't win over new converts, the register boxes of the virtual buttons are at least large enough to reduce the chances of anyone hitting dead space. On top of that, you can customize button placement for further ease.
There are two really significant changes this time around. First, levels now have checkpoint sign posts, so you don't have to restart from the beginning should you die. Renegade Kid's Jools Watsham tells me that this is to give the more casual mobile players fewer headaches, but I'm sure veterans will find the addition welcome as well. Nonetheless, if you are a purist and prefer to play sans safety net, you can disable checkpoints from the main menu.
Second, the absence of the depth-of-field effect from the PC version does indeed impact your judgment of distance. I always played the 3DS original with stereoscopic 3D on, so I never got a feel for the standard 2D view. I don't know why depth of field wasn't implemented here, but I hope it can be brought over with a future update. But even though the lack of depth perception is slightly disorienting, the game remains quite playable.
Overall, this is still Mutant Mudds, still a pleasant ride. Hopefully the mobile audience will be as enamored with the game as 3DS players were. And maybe a warm reception will push Renegade Kid into expediting its Mutant Mudds 2 plans.
After that Wii U version is out, of course!
|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
|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
|11:00 AM on 05.17.2013|
Review: Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
I remember where I was when Donkey Kong Country Returns was announced for the Wii. I was in the E3 press room during the Nintendo conference, and I shouted a few obscenities at the screen after the surprise trailer, garnering...more
|9:29 AM on 05.17.2013|
New Super Luigi U release date, standalone ver. revealed
Luigi is rockin' it hardcore! The upcoming New Super Mario Bros. U expansion, New Super Luigi U, is ready to drop on eShop on June 20 for $19.99. Not only that, there will be a special standalone disc, which doesn't require y...more
|9:25 AM on 05.17.2013|
New Sonic game coming exclusively to Wii U and 3DS
During today's Nintendo Direct, it was announced that a new Sonic game is coming exclusively to the Wii U and 3DS, called Sonic: Lost World. This is part of a worldwide partnership that Sega and Nintendo have entered into, so...more