Heck yeah, at this time of year, all our fridges are going to experience mayhem. Mine’s stuffed full of food. I’m just waiting for the 25th to throw it all down my face. Christmas is a time for giving, after all. That includes giving to yourself.
But lets hope our fridges don’t decide to strike back like ‘Mutant Fridge Mayhem’. It’s a game with a great animated intro and super production values. It was so impressive I had to Google to see if it was based on an already existing animated serie
Turns out it was. Aha. Perhaps I should have known as preparation for this review. But look, I can’t know everything, and besides, it’s Christmas. Don’t ask.
It’s based on the Cartoon Network series ‘The Amazing World of Gumball’, about the capers of a cat called Gumball Watterson and his friends (that’s a fact, not a plug). I was somewhat disappointed to learn it wasn’t about an actual gumball. Guess I’m still waiting for that game then.
It mimics the show right down to the pixilated 80’s coin-op title screen and menus which juxtapose interestingly with the slick and sharp contemporary art of the main gameplay featured in the cartoon. At first it kind of looks as if the developers started the game design and couldn’t be bothered to complete the rest of it, but you soon learn to love it.
Gumball’s dad’s expired jelly has mutated everything in the Watterson’s fridge. Playing as Gumball, his brother Darwin, and sister Anais, you have to save the world by laying a smackdown on the evil foodstuffs. In real life by the way, food is never evil.
You begin as Gumball with his kung-fu skills, swiping the left side of the screen to move, and tapping the right to attack, but you can switch between all three characters on the fly, which adds an enjoyable variety to the game. Each obviously has their own modes of attack, as well as a special one which can be activated to clear some extra enemies off screen. When different types of food threaten, each character’s unique attack helps defeat them – flying bacon for example, is best dealt with by Darwin’s long range spitball attack, while Gumball is best for mixing it up with hand to hand combat against killer oranges. Me? I’d eat them both.
You always worry about games based on films, or TV shows. Your ‘Cheap Cash-in’ alarm immediately starts ringing, but ‘Mutant Fridge Mayhem’ is a very enjoyable arcade beat-em-up. It has great visuals with humorous animation, a nice range of power ups (including a mega smart bomb which destroys everything on-screen after collecting all the letters of the word ‘Gumball’), inventive enemies – a multi-decker sandwich that takes off his head to beat you with – and a range of power ups to keep you interested. A moustache which makes you into a grown up, beefier version of yourself really is something other games should’ve thought of by now.
Fans of the series are sure to love it. In fact, I think I’ve just become a fan. I’ll be off to check out some episodes. And make sure my fridge doesn’t go rogue on me in the process.
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