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ALIENS HAVE INVADED ONCE AGAIN: Are you the “saving the world” sort? Do you head in gung-ho, at the first sign of trouble? Then this game is for you. From developer Reinkout comes Mugsters, a challenging yet rewarding sandbox puzzle game, published by Team17. Tackle your foes, using a different number of techniques to exploit ..

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Mugsters Xbox One Review

ALIENS HAVE INVADED ONCE AGAIN:

Are you the “saving the world” sort? Do you head in gung-ho, at the first sign of trouble? Then this game is for you. From developer Reinkout comes Mugsters, a challenging yet rewarding sandbox puzzle game, published by Team17. Tackle your foes, using a different number of techniques to exploit their weaknesses. Mugsters is a game in which you are tasked with saving as many people as you can, while devilishly working your way through the maps.

The first thing you’ll notice about Mugsters is the unique art style and graphics, that are unlike anything I’ve seen before. The colour scheme almost feels like you’re playing in a comic book, with the vibrant reds and oranges blending together well: it’s a pretty game to look at. Mugsters’ performance is excellent also. The game ran at a constant 60fps, even when tested with explosions and debris (which is great, I’ll get to later). Load screens are almost non existent, lasting only 10 to 15 seconds at the most. Even during the initial load into the game, I found that it loaded pretty quickly.

The map design starts off basic and as you progress, more and more elements are introduced into the game, with an increase in complexity each time. You have to think how you’re going to maneuver yourself through the map, gathering collectibles as you go.

Each level has a few collectibles you have to find, alongside any objectives you have to destroy. The enemies you will encounter range from harmless foot soldiers, although tedious in large numbers, to ufos to big balled machine creatures. Every map will have a certain amount of crystals to collect and humans to save. When you’ve saved enough humans, you send them somewhere safe, presumably, on a roller coaster through a portal. If you’re confused, don’t worry, as I was too.       

One of the downsides of Mugsters is that fact there really isn’t a clear explanation to why what or even where your character is doing and what is happening. From the trailers and spending a considerable amount of time looking at one of the enemies, it’s clear that your foes are aliens. From the vehicles dotted around the map, its then fair to say this is on Earth…somewhere: and that’s it. You seem to be the only person willing to save humanity from these weird two headed creatures.

The physics in Mugsters is hilariously fun. The red explosive barrels provide the means to blow up almost anything you can find. Walls and houses are demolished in a spectacular fashion, leaving pieces of debris to fly everywhere and cause havoc. I spent a considerable amount of time racking up as many of these barrels as I could, at the base hub “home island”, just to let them blow up when I drove into them.

Mugsters does offer multiplayer, however it opts for the original couch co-op experience, which is positive and a negative. If you’re the sort to have friends around, on the sofa then this shouldn’t be a problem. But If you’re like me and prefer to play online, Mugsters unfortunately doesn’t cater to this.

Overall, this is a fun little puzzle game. It’s a good game to have in the collection, and it’s something you can complete in your spare time, providing both a challenge and a fun experience. The performance of Mugsters is terrific, it runs really smoothly and not once actually did I encounter any bugs while playing.  There were a few frustrations when I accidentally drowned myself, but no issues or glitches. If you’re looking to play with other people online, then you won’t find much luck here. But Mugsters does offer splitscreen and for what you get, it’s quite alright.

We would like to thank Team17 for providing us the game code.

 

Developer: Reinkout Twitter: @reinkout

Publisher: Team17 Twitter: @Team17Ltd

Price – £9.99

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