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The art of Mushroom Men video

10:50 AM on 12.05.2008 // Conrad Zimmerman


Mushroom Men has had me curious since I first laid eyes upon it. There's a really unique presentation to this game and I'm digging the concept of constructing weapons from found objects. Check out our preview of the game from earlier in the year.

One interesting bit that this video mentions is how Ray Harryhausen was a major inspiration in the art design. It hadn't occurred to me until they said it (it always reminded me of Oddworld), but I can totally see it now that they bring it up. Of course, now I'm going to have to spend two hours today watching Jason and the Argonauts. Thanks, SouthPeak. 

Mushroom Men is in stores now for Wii and DS. A press release lies in wait after the jump, ready to pounce.

MIDLOTHIAN, VA – December 4, 2008 – SouthPeak Games announced today that Red Fly Studio’s fantastic fungal adventure, Mushroom Men, is now shipping two distinct tales, Rise of the Fungi for Nintendo DS™ and The Spore Wars for Wii™. Gamers will have the chance to experience the entire story of these tiny warriors through both titles; while each game is completely stand-alone and does not require one to play the other, both offer players the full spectrum of the mushroom universe.

“Wrapping up Mushroom Men has been one of the most satisfying endeavors this studio has ever seen,” says Dan Borth, CEO of Red Fly Studio. “From the very inception of this original IP, we’ve been working around the clock to make it one of the most spectacular third-party platformers for Wii, and we really think we’ve nailed it.”

Mushroom Men: Rise of the Fungi lets players choose from three classes of ‘shrooms - Heavy, Sage or Scout – each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Players then take up makeshift weapons to battle in defense of the peaceful Bolete and technological Morel societies. Set in a 2.5D side-scrolling action-platformer, the story takes on a perspective of three-inch tall mushrooms in a vast human landscape. Your journey will take you through the early stages of the mushroom world, as these tribes set up communities, build homes and craft weapons to defend the life they’ve so recently received. Step through mushroom history as these societies battle for their place and to save their kind from the war-like Lepiotas and Amanitas mushrooms.

Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars takes a slightly different direction. Picking up after the Rise of the Fungi story concludes, players end up under the mushroom cap of PAX, an outcast mushroom trying to find his place in society. Set in a third-person action-platformer, PAX learns he’s different for a very good reason, uncovering new talents he never knew he had. Using the Wii Remote™ motion controls, players have PAX running, jumping, gliding and spore-powering his way through level after level of everyday scenarios from a three-inch perspective. Join him in his quest to help the Bolete and Morel tribes repel the attacks of the Lepiota and Amanita armies, all the while discovering what his role is in this wild new world.

For more information on Mushroom Men, visit

About Red Fly Studio
Located in downtown Austin, Texas, Red Fly Studio is a young studio founded by ten-year veterans of the gaming industry with experience on titles such as Star Wars Galaxies, BloodRayne, Nocturne, FIFA Football 2005, Anachronox, SSX3 and Deus Ex. Red Fly offers a creative environment where the projects are driven by the team, and not by a sole individual.

About SouthPeak Games
SouthPeak Interactive Corporation develops and publishes interactive entertainment software for all current hardware platforms including: PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation® Portable) system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, Wii™, Nintendo DS™ and PC. SouthPeak's games cover all major genres including action/adventure, role playing, racing, puzzle strategy, fighting and combat. SouthPeak's products are sold in retail outlets in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. SouthPeak is headquartered in Midlothian, Virginia, and has offices in Grapevine, Texas and London, England. .
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