Mushroom Men - Spore Wars - WII - Preview

PAX 2008 Preview

Mushroom Men is a unique action platformer from Red Fly Studios. Putting you in the shoes of a fighting fungus, you must battle against mutated rabbits, spiders and the like with a huge array of weapons and special abilities at your disposal. At this year’s Penny Arcade Expo, GameZone was on hand to try out the game and check its progress, and the results showcased a solid platformer with some really interesting elements.

In the demo build of Mushroom Men, we had to navigate through a large world complete with environmental objects like a huge motorcycle and various mundane objects made large by our character’s tiny stature. However, while our avatar was tiny, he still packed a punch, beating his foes with a variety of weapons, from bashing weapons and stabbing weapons to a few special ones, like a mock lightsaber.

Aside from the weapons, you’ll also have some special items at your disposal, including a sticky hand that lets you grapple up to higher surfaces and a special kind of telekinesis, called Sporekinesis, where you can point the Wii-mote and manipulate certain objects in the environment. This helps when taking out the giant mutant rabbits, as you can solve an easy environmental puzzles by moving items around and using them against the rabbits.

Graphically, Mushroom Men: Spore Wars is a pretty good looking Wii title, with some impressive character models and detailed environments to explore. The art design is a bit on the weird side as you could expect, and creates an excellent sense of atmosphere. On the music side of things, Mushroom Men will feature a few songs by Les Claypool, lending an extra bit of oddness to the game.

While the game does have some glaring issues at this stage, like a problematic camera, if these issues get cleaned up, then the game should be an interesting platformer when it launches this fall.

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