Love pixels? Fond of platformers? Is there a special place in your heart for the 8-bit and 16-bit era? Want to have fun? Yes!? Well, you’ve come to the right place, my friend. Mutant Mudds Deluxe is a “12-bit” action platformer full of pixels and platforming fun!
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Release Date: Nov 21, 2013

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“Just like the original, one of my favorite parts of the Mudds series are the little nuances that hearken back to the golden age of retro games — small graphical details that really show not only that the game was a labor of love, but that Renegade Kid actually played said retro games for inspiration. All of those details look even better in Deluxe, preserved in the new vibrant HD visuals — the same goes for the catchy chiptunes soundtrack (with all new music for the ghost levels), and deliciously retro sound effects.”
90% – Gamer Limit

“I had great praise for this game before and so there is no doubt that I was going to hand it great praise once again. It is just as fun the second time around as it was the first time on the 3DS, with the original levels. The new levels and enhancements made it even more gratifying, and players don’t even have to wait long to experience the new ghost levels. As players beat an original level, the corresponding ghost level unlocks, giving them quick access to experience the spooky mudds.”
90% – Fanbolt

“Mutant Mudds Deluxe is the ultimate version of an already great game. Some tweaks to how it plays in addition to a fair amount of new content place it far above the original game. If you own the original but some things about it bothered you, give Deluxe a go. If you’ve never played the game, buy Deluxe as soon as possible. Mutant Mudds Deluxe is an outstanding throwback to another age, and it can’t be missed.”
90% – Blazekick

About This Game


Love pixels? Fond of platformers? Is there a special place in your heart for the 8-bit and 16-bit era? Want to have fun? Yes!? Well, you’ve come to the right place, my friend. Mutant Mudds Deluxe is a “12-bit” action platformer full of pixels and platforming fun!

Our hero, Max, may be just a 2D sprite, but he can leap into the third dimension by jetting between the background and the foreground playfields with his trusty jetpack in this unique dimensionally-woven experience.

Armed with a heavy-duty water cannon, Max has what he needs to vanquish his long-term nemesis: the Mutant Mudds. Max must blast and hover his way across the soiled landscape to seek out mysterious Water Sprites. Legend says collecting all of the mysterious Water Sprites will wash the filthy Mutant Mudds away for good!

Key Features


80 hard-as-steel levels spanning across 5 pixelated worlds and 9 neo-retro art themes!
Jet between three 2D playfields and enjoy lovely depth-of-field blur effects – an eyeball treat.
Obtain power-ups from Grannie's Attic to gain access to secret level doorways!
20 ghoulish ghost levels where the rules are turned upside down + spectral power-up.
Unlock Grannie and other playable characters to harness the tri-power of all power-ups!
Steam leader boards show the best level completion times from around the world.
Includes 20 lip-smacking delicious ‘Grannie’ levels, specifically designed for veteran players!
Steam achievements earn you pride and bragging rights, while sharpening your skills.
Dozens of foot-stomping and booty-groovin’ chip-tune music tracks to snap your fingers to!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.8 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D Graphics Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 200 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Twenty years ago, we never would have guessed that today’s generation of consoles would embrace 8-bit side-scrolling platformers. With the release of titles like Terraria, however, this trend does not show any signs of slowing. As these games continue to grow in popularity, developers such as Renegade Kid are fusing the power of new hardware with older gameplay styles, resulting in fresh experiences such as Mutant Mudds Deluxe.

For those out of the loop, this is throwback 2D title with a unique twist. Unlike traditional releases in the genre, it requires you to leap into the background or jump out of the screen in order to explore different parts of each level’s environments. In some areas, there are as many as three planes layered on top of each other, offering a chaotic screen filled with moving enemies, platforms, and dangerous spikes.

The title tells the tale of an asteroid carrying a hoard of barbaric, brown monsters. Max, a blond-haired boy with a water gun and a jet-pack sets off to rid the world of the vermin by gathering star sprites. With the help of his Granny, the hero travels through five lands in his quest to eradicate the problematic pests.

Trying to wipe away the Mudds with a water gun is no easy task. There are several different kinds of enemies to attack, each with a different ability and movement pattern. Your weapon aims horizontally, has a limited range, and only fires the next water blast once the last one has disappeared. These limitations result in the cleanup operation being more difficult. You must attack or avoid moving Mudds while ducking through scrolling platforms, tight quarters, spinning hazards, and leaping fireballs.

Travelling through each level requires patience, timing, aiming, and trial-and-error. Each enemy travels on a predetermined path, and careful shooting, jumping, floating, and ducking is needed to avoid enemies and their attacks. You begin each level with three hearts, and halfway through there is a checkpoint where progress through the stage is saved. To add to the challenge, a time limit of four minutes is placed on each outing. Fortunately, it’s not too difficult to pass these quotas, but you will need plenty of skill to cross the finish line without losing a heart.

As you progress through the game, new levels and upgrades open up – assuming that you’ve collected the required number of star sprites. There are also Ghost Levels, which force you to slip past phantom Mudds that cannot be killed. The levels offer a real challenge, and avoiding the mutants requires real agility.

Upgrades, meanwhile, augment Max with the ability to shoot longer distances, add a longer lifespan to his jetpack, or the option to leap high into the air. You can only apply one of these upgrades at a time, but the enhancements allow you to complete levels much easier. You’ll also need to employ these additions to locate the hidden rooms in each stage.

Regardless of which power-ups you employ, this can be a challenging game – and depending on how tough you want it to be, there are ways that you can increase the difficultly. You can, for example, disable the abovementioned mid-level checkpoints, allowing you to choose whether you want to be forced to beat the entire level in one run or not.

The music and visuals are enjoyable throughout the game, although the song selection for each of the shadow levels does get a little stale after a little while. When jumping in and out of planes, it can be very chaotic, as the foreground remains visible while you play. This increases the challenge on some levels, requiring a much greater focus if you want to make it through unscathed.

There’s plenty more to do once the vermin have been scrubbed, too. Gathering all of the star sprites, all of the golden diamonds, completing the secondary levels, and the other special levels offers plenty for you to accomplish beyond the core campaign. Granted, it’s possible to finish the adventure in less than eight hours using the hardest settings – however, since so much of the game revolves around replaying the same levels multiple times, you may not be compelled to come back once you’re done. Furthermore, the conclusion of the adventure is lacklustre, forcing you to focus on the satisfaction that you obtain from finishing the levels rather than exciting cutscenes or plot twists.

Mutant Mudds Deluxe takes the old-school platforming formula and freshens it up with a unique twist. The dimension hopping hook augments a tactical layer to the traditional side-scrolling action, and the occasionally devilish difficulty will test your dexterity. While there’s a lot of content to get through, however, the adventure does get repetitive at times. Nevertheless, there’s not a whole lot of grime in this game – just good, clean fun.

7/10, Recommended

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9.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Good platformer with retro graphics. There is nothing special about this game. I like it, therefore I will recommend it. Just don’t expect rich story or some fancy new game mechanics.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
This is a fantastic platformer and one of my favorite games of the last year. Great difficulty curve, from fun and easy to rage-quit difficult. Great replay value, with lots of hidden extras that will keep you replaying levels to find the secret areas.
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12 of 20 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
A very bland, uninspired and slow-paced platformer.

Contols are rather unintuitive. You have to redo huge chunks of a level if you fall off of a platform, and you can't sprint. A lot of time is spent waiting for platforms or enemies to move. Enemies have annoyingly high amounts of health and are positioned in the most annoying places where they are hard to hit. Hazards are mostly based off of stuff from Mario. Not much variety to gameplay.

It's playable, but it's not very fun.


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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
A great retro "12 bit" style game, tight controls , simple platforming + jetpack & shooting mechanics . lots of stuff to collect , hidden stages to find , secret characters hidden in some levels , unlock upgrades , etc
Some levels are super easy and others will probably make you punch a hole in your wall , thankfully there are checkpoints and you can take 3 hits before death .

there are hidden "v land" stages have a red color pallete , like a virtual boy (hence the V) and kinda messes your eyes up after a while , like a virtual boy ahah .
Also hidden "g land" stages have a grey/black color pallette , like an old gameboy. and "cga land" stages have a cga color pallette of old school DOS games.
These effects are really pretty cool and nostalgic , especially the challenging cga land stages

one of the more standout features is there are layers to the stages you can jump in between , usually 3 layers. while the effect is still pretty cool on pc/console , i think it was designed for the 3ds and the 3d effect looks much better on the nintendo 3ds

overall its feels like a polished , fun retro style platformer/shooter
ITS GOOD
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Mutant Mudds Deluxe is a neat little game which is quite challenging. It has the feel of an old Nintendo 8-bit game and brings that nostalgic sense to you as you play to it. The story is that mutated mud monsters have attacked and armed with a jetpack and watergun you have to clean up and gather water sprites. You can unlock different perks along the way tat you need to complete certain parts of the game. I enjoyed playing it even though I have to admit to being frustrated at times while trying to pass some levels. If you enjoyed the 8-bit era in gaming history the odds are in favor that you'll enjoy this one as well!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
I love it! :)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Awesome game.
Nice retro graphics, tight controls and good level design.
If you die its your own fault!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
A brilliant, nostalgic game rooted in the platformer era. Seeing as there are no Mario games on Steam, this game holds a special place in my part. Originally a 3DS Exclusive, the Deluxe version of the game was eventually ported to PC via Steam with Achievements and trading cards!

I originally played this on 3DS, before discovering that games are much cheaper on Steam. I devoured the Demo on 3DS (though even that took many hours), and felt a rush of nostalgia when I found it on Steam - and better yet, it was on sale!

With alternate levels as an accompaniment to the main story, and secret levels within the main story, this game has a lot of replayability. You can also buy weapons by collecting the coins in every level. The soundtrack is also great, making this game worth at least what I paid for it - $4.99 - if not more.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
I've finally found some time to play "Mutant Mudds Deluxe" and I regret to say that the game is not as great as I expected it to be. It has an interesting cool 8-16 bit art style, sweet 8-bit sound track and colorfull worlds. But the pacing of the game was a real let down. The gameplay is so slow that it will influence the way you play. The player is not able to stop gliding which makes jumping on top of disappearing platforms more of a timing challenge. The lack of running makes it feel like you are held back. The inclusion of a timer is also interesting as It, in my opinion does not stimulate players to play again and beat the time, instead it just shows how slowly the game progresses. This game is not for everyone, only for the patient and willing to tackle this beast of a game.

As I do think some people will enjoy this game I will rate it up as I know there are also people who enjoy this. Again not a bad game its just not for me.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
A game dosen't always have to be famous for it to be fun, as long as the game have lots of cool features for you to enjoy throughout the gameplay. Mutant Mudds Deluxe is one of the game that have the cool features. This game delivers you a lot of levels for you to complete and also a long time of fun that will make you happy.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Great controls, just the right amount of difficulty, loads of levels with multiple paths each, and a few secrets throughout the game too. An excellent platformer that made me scream in rage, as much as it pleased me. I got it in an el cheapo indie bundle, but Steam's $10 pricetag isn't bad!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Recommended for people who don't get easily frustrated. Otherwise, you might as well spend the money on something else. However, a great and frustrating game, with lots of levels, secret achievements and more frustration. You will probable get frustrated, but that's okay. Just give it time. It gets more frustrating. Also, Jeff Andonuts with a water gun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Avoiding the "It's a mobile port" diatribe, a review that doesn't mention Mutant Mudds Deluxe's efforts in bringing 3D depth to the 2D plane is missing the point. Multi-layered stages allow for a degree of creativity in level design not easily matched by old platforming standards. What happens when an enemy swings at you from the background for instance? Here, you get thrown toward the player who is now potentially uncertain of the footing available to them. It's analogous to when Mario punched the rotating section of cage for the first time in Super Mario World, and it's why Mutant Mudds works. You have to consider what's happening on different planes simultaneously to ensure the best chance of surviving challenges - backgrounds (and foregrounds) aren't just pretty pictures.

Admittedly, I wasn't a fan of the floatiness of the main character, Max. In Level 1-1 the effect gives the impression the whole stage is moving rather than just the character - less Mario, more And Yet It Moves. Sticking with it though, the controls aren't quite as obtuse as first impressions would lead you to believe. Thanks in large part to a backpack that allows you to hover in mid-air for a few seconds at a time, you're still able to perform precision platforming sections with relative ease. In fact, most stages didn't feel challenging enough (until I reached the expert bonus stages).

The music bleeps and bloops as you'd expect in a retro themed platformer. Most are memorable with at least two or three standout tracks in the bunch (the g-land music is my personal top pick, followed by the ghost music, and the one from the expert stages screaming "fly like an eagle" which is painfully catchy). The graphics are a bit of a letdown however, if you were hoping to run the game at 1080p for a full HD experience, understand that the pixels will still be blocky, just bigger.

I was able to complete the main storyline in one sitting which would usually lead to concerns about game length, but the majority of the game is found "after the break" as it were, thanks to secret stages, sub world stage variations, and expert stages only unlockable by certain characters in the game and/or once you've purchased upgrades. I'd say fully 1/4 of the package is main storyline, with 3/4 being extras, so the amount of content is substantial. Add to that, the developer has demonstrated a surprisingly long-term level of (free) support for the game thus far (namely, adding stages), hopefully that continues into the future so I can revisit these characters and rid the world of Mudds again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
Your standard platforming experience. The "2.5D" aspect is handled very well, but at the same time there really aren't any interesting mechanics or features that really set this title out from the inumerable platformers out there. It does what it intends to well, but doesn't take a single step beyond.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Go play Cave Story+. That's a challanging platformer that's also fulfilling. This game is just...really boring. It feels completely uninspired. The enemies were completely uninteresting to me and seemingly all had the exact same AI pattern (move to the left for 2 seconds, move to the right for 2 seconds), which was, again, boring. If you're a sucker for 'modern' 8-bit soundtracks, I guess you'll like this one, but it felt to me like it was trying too hard and didn't feel natural.

I completed the first worlds of levels giving it a chance, and moved onto the second world, which is an ice world and everything just felt "off". The physics of the platforming feel clumsy in general (and incredibly slow), add ice blocks and unpredictible sliding to that and it was just not fun to me anymore, so I stopped playing. I did play the "nightmare" versions of a couple of the levels, which was a neat idea, but not enough to make up for the rest of the mediocrity. The 3 plane idea also seemed cool at first, but quickly revealed itself as a gimmick that doesn't hold the weight that the game seemingly puts on it.

Maybe you'll like it. I certainly didn't.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
So like yeaaah, Mutant Mudds... odd little title but defintely a great one for someone craving a dose of ultra precision platforming. At first the game feels really cumbersome and clunky because let's face it, it's not supposed to play like New Super Mario Bros... You won't be running at top speed and almost sliding off in to a chasm only to do a triple backflip in to a ground pound... nope, none of that here. You walk, you hover, you jump, you shoot... bout it.

This game is very... let's say, square.... or rather pixel perfect... everything works in blocks, rows and lines... so if you keep that in mind when you're traversing the trecherous one hit kill spike traps, you'll be better off. The game is intended as a grueling challenge for older children, around the age of like 10-12... and for someone of that age, I can see this being incredibly frustrating and they will surely deem this game unbeatable... but it's really not.

Don't expect "Impossible Game" or "Super Meat Boy" quality challenge here is basically what I'm saying. If you can tolerate playing most web based flash games for longer than 15 minutes, this game will proove only an above average challenge for you. You shouldn't at any point want to throw your controller at a wall... if you do, then you have no patience because that's all this game really requires.

Sure there's a time limit for speed running levels but that's more of a tacked on thing if you're craving more Mutant Mudds after you've collected over 4000 objects... and if you are, please seek some help. After the inital batch of normal stages and ghost stages I cringed at having to do 20 more stages with good ol' grannie but I actually found those stages the least frustrating after I had finished a few.

All in all the game is good, you can finish everything in roughly 5 to 6 hours which is decent for the price. Other less experienced platformers might take a bit longer but I can't see this game taking you more than 10 hours.

Side Note: There's an exploit where you can stand on the very edge of spikes if they're on a platform, so use that knowledge to your advantage if you're having trouble finishing some of the harder areas.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
The double jump in this game uses the worst mechanics I have seen in game, basically the second time you press the jump the character does a hover. You must time your second press exactly to the milisecond your character stays at the highest point of his jump, and that's the main challenge in this game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
The artstyle is quite inconsistent with varying resolutions (which just isn't pretty with pixelart, not here at least). The gameplay is unoriginal. The platforming feel is slow and sluggish and the level design just isn't fun at all (lots of timing sections that force you to wait as opposed to actually time, insane friction iceblocks... urgh). The 3 level plains seem interesting but don't actually add anyting, except for making it more difficult to see what is going on. Any of these shortcommings would be okay, if the rest'd been any good, but it just isn't. The music is superb though!
So yeah, just get the OST, forget about the game...
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
I'm a big fan of platformers but something about this game just didn't entice me carry on playing.
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