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

    • OS: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.8 Ghz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D Graphics Card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Product received for free
I REALLY enjoyed this game.
The control is a little awkward at the beginning, but the game really is very fun in the long run.
It's an old school gameplay and yes, it can be difficult to complete the game at 100%, but that's the way old school games are meant to be played anyway.
My only regret is the game could be longer. It's not short, but I completed it and wanted more.
I really liked it!

Steam trading cards and achievements
Leaderboard to brag to your friends
retro feel/graphics

Too short
controls are odd
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65 of 86 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Bigger screen + more gameplay = more fun? - Hell yes it does!

Mutant Mudds Deluxe is an awesome game. Why? Because it does everything right. From the controls, to the chunky pixelated and colorful graphics, to the awesome soundtrack and amazing replayability and challenge level, this game does everything right.

Mutant Mudds Deluxe is a port of the 3DS title of the same name (minus the Deluxe part) and it does it right: It brings the fun to the bigger screen and puts more into the mix to make it even better.

The controls are simple: you jump and shoot - but you can also hover in the air for more precision (and sometimes you'll need to hover to reach some platforms as well); The graphics are like they should be for a game like this: colorful, full of life and original. They claim it to be "12-bits", but you know what? I don't think so few bits can accomodate the amount of fun you will have playing this game. It's pretty large as well with plenty of areas to conquer (plus some really difficult secret ones) and you will have so much fun that it will be pretty difficult to put it down after you start playing it.

This game is a serious love-letter to those early platforming titles from the late 80's and early 90's, packed with everything that made some titles from the era classics.

Do you really need a score after everything I said? Sure, here you go: 9/10. Why 9/10 if you praised the game with every single line you wrote, you may ask. Simply because it doesn't have exploding Spaceships and Flamethrowers, because if it did, this game would be so good that you would need to change your pants after every single section. Buy this game right now! - Actually, buy 2 copies, so you can keep one sealed. - Wait, that's not how it works anymore? Screw society!
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38 of 53 people (72%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
This is one of the best platformers I've ever played. Best played on a nice tv, with a solid controller. This game has a great difficulty curve, and some good replay value with the secret zone they have in every level. This is one of the retro ish games that actually supports mutiple resolutions, so that's nice. I can't stand playing games in w indows on my tv. This, VVVVVV, Super Meat Boy, Braid and the first Bit Trip Runner are some of the best platforming, good quality games you can get on Steam. 10/10.
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129 of 217 people (59%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 22, 2014
What is Mutant Mudds?

Story: You start off the game and there's a 10 second cut scene about two things playing a handheld device. That's the story I guess. Nothing else is shown for the rest of the game about what exactly these puddings are, or why you are murdering these puddings.

Level Design: They're either super straight forward, hop from platform to platform no danger involved, oh sorry try again if you fall, or, mass spammed with enemies that just slow down the hopping process as you wait on each platform and shoot to kill the enemies on the next. Checkpoints exist, but more often than not they're at the very end of the level, 2 platforms prior to the exit. What is the point?
Certain... mini levels? Exist within the other levels. For completing one you get presumably an extra "high-five" on the level select screen. Most of these levels require the usage of a power up that you borrow from a random grandma's "attic" (except it's just a normal house by all means), and seem to forget which item was required to get into the mini level, because a majority of it can be completely bypassed with said item.

Enemy Design: Goomba, Small Goomba, Large Goomba, Koopa Troopa, Fireball from Lava, Spike-ball that spins from the background to foreground. Also a ghost version of each one exists.
There is also a flying... circle pudding. That craps bombs non-stop. Upon touching the pudding you are harmed. Upon landing, the bomb explodes in a huge radius that is practically undodgeable unless you're focussing on dodging the bombs and not getting rid of circle-flying-pudding-guy.

Other Thoughts: Controls by default are very odd. Jump and Shoot is done with the mouse, but apart from that the mouse serves no aiming or menu purpose. Oh right, there's also a menu which I never had to open once. Can easily be remedied though via the drop down and put into basic controls, (arrows + Z + X).
The 3 layer levels is an interesting concept that could be taken further. As of right now it's too simple, there's no depth in it at all.

So. What did I just play and beat in about 3 hours? I have no idea.
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2015
Classic games never go out of style. It’s why we keep going back to them, and why their design influences the cutting edge games coming out in the modern age. Mutant Mudds Deluxe– a Wii U port of a 2012 3DS eShop game– may seem like an anachronism, as it doesn’t appear to be any sort of recent game at all. It looks, plays, feels, and sounds just like a title at least 20 years older. However, it holds the retro gameplay and aesthetics up as its foundation, and is a great modern game.

If you’re familiar with the original Nintendo 3DS version of Mutant Mudds, then you know what’s up. Evil mutant mud monsters have come to Earth, and its up to Max to save the day. Armed with a water gun, a jetpack, and the ever-watchful eye of his Grannie, Max has to platform through many levels to stop the muddy menace. Mutant Mudds Deluxe keeps every bit of the nail-biting platform goodness intact from the 3DS version, with some notable additions and changes.

So, what’s Mutant Mudds Deluxe got that the 3DS version doesn’t? This version of the game adds an entirely new mirror world, with darker versions of the game’s main 20 levels. These worlds feature ghost enemies that are unkillable (without the aid of a special gun that has limited shots) and must be dodged. It adds yet another layer of difficulty to the already tricky terrain featured in Mutant Mudds, and augments the main game a good bit. The special levels featuring Grannie from the DLC of the 3DS game are also available in the package (they are stupidly difficult). All in all, there’s about 80 levels to conquer, an impressive amount of content.

One little thing that also makes a big difference in Mutant Mudds Deluxe is the addition of checkpoints to the levels. Mutant Mudds is an often brutally hard game, and the original release made you restart the entire level over if you met an untimely death. The checkpoints in the PC version really helps ease frustration. But if you are the masochistic type, you can always turn them off from the main menu.

But some improvements in Mutant Mudds Deluxe aren’t in the actual content; it’s all in the delivery. Deluxe enjoys the inherent benefits of being on a PC, such as improved control inputs and better visuals. The pixel worlds have flawless detail with the high definition. This also allows the visible game display to be much larger than the 3DS screen could offer, so you can see much farther around your character, which makes some of the challenges a lot more manageable.

Now, if you’re not already a platforming fan, Mutant Mudds Deluxe probably won’t change your mind. But if you just want some good old-fashioned jumping challenges, this is a great game to play. It can indeed become repetitive when you get stuck, but the compelling gameplay wins out in the end. Going for the 100% level completion doesn’t feel like a chore at all, and Mutant Mudds consistently raises the bar in terms of difficulty as you advance. If I had to nitpick one thing, I’d ask for a run button. Sometimes Max feels like he’s walking terribly slow, and there is a time limit on the levels.

For new players of Mutant Mudds, I would wholeheartedly recommend Deluxe. However, if you already have it for 3DS or Wii U you have to ask yourself if the addition of checkpoints and the extra ghost levels is worth buying the game again. Either way, PC has gained an excellent and unabashedly retro platformer in the form of Mutant Mudds Deluxe.
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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 24, 2014
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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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 17, 2014
Worth its price for the beautiful music alone.
Challenging in the beginning,
but becomes progressively easier as you get the hang of the controls (very timing sensitive).
There still is a couple of levels that will try your patience regardless of skill, though.
The platformer to get if you can't stomach the hardcore difficulty of games like Super Meat Boy
or Electronic Super Joy but still want a decent challenge.
If you're a hardcore nut, however, you can still enjoy the game by turning off checkpoints.
Sure, it could be more varied and hard in a smarter way, as well as harder in a smart way,
but all in all it's a solid and very much enjoyable experience.
And, by the gods, THE MUSIC.
Of course, the graphics are also gorgeous and pay a worthy homage to The Olden Days of Gold.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 9, 2015
Best platformer i've played in a long, long time. The gameplay is great, the ost is amazing and the difficulty curve is just perfect!

Mutant Mudds is a very challenging game with steam trading cards, a good amount of secrets, and where is fun to get 100% achievements. What are you waiting for?
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 26, 2014
I used to play this on my 3DS, and despite the lack of 3D foregrounds/backgrounds this is still a pretty solid port.
Controls work fine with a keyboard, it has a great retro soundtrack, and the added Grannie levels add a few more hours and challenge to the game. The difficulty isn't too high, it's pretty fair and plays at a slow pace that should be enjoyable for anyone skilled in platformers or not. If you are, however, the amount of content included shouldn't keep you playing after roughly eight hours. I finished my completionist run around the seven hour mark as you can see above. One big nitpick I have is there is really no options menu, so... no rebindable keys and the only resolution options you have are windowed or fullscreen mode. Otherwise, a great game maybe worth waiting for a sale for.
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66 of 116 people (57%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 2, 2014
While the graphics and audio are charming, the platforming is often tight and unforgiving. One early example: having to do two jumps in a row where you "hover" after reaching the maximum height on your jump, the first onto a platform that is rapidly appearing and disappearing. If that sounds like fun to you, then you can ignore the red thumb and dive right in. For the casual platformer, the number of elements like this keeps stacking up and their completion provides less satisfaction and more the temporary relief of irritation.

A solid retro platformer, but I can't recommend it.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: October 22
This game gives a nostalgic feel that reminds me of the old games I used to play. It gets a little bit boring after a while because it seems like items get used repeatedly.
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4.0 hrs
Posted: October 19
I already done a shorter, positive review, but I though it deserved more words...

Mutant Mudds

My first 15 minutes impression of Mutant Mudds was it was an Amiga game emulating a SNES style platformer. In the same way Zool was Gremlin's answer to Sonic the Hedgehog, I didn't expect much longevity as aesthetics over style doesn't work for me. You can have all the lovely sprites in the world, but if the level design sucks, there's nothing to keep the player interested. I'm pleased that I persevered with Mudds though as it does have decent levels to battle through, and more importantly, it gives the player reasons to return to already completed worlds. There's hosts of secrets, many of which you can't find on first visit as you lack the necessary power-ups. I'm happy to say that the worlds in which you visit do have more in common with Super Mario than they do with the aforementioned Zool, or Superfrog, to name but a few. This game is a completionists pipe dream. It's tough, unforgiving and the ice levels p**s me right off to the point of vowing a negative review, but it is also very rewarding. I thoroughly enjoy games that open up extra levels when you accomplish goals. I've never had a much fun like that since Yoshi's Island on the Snes. It'll never beat its peers in terms of level design but if I were to compare, I'd give it a b+ for effort.
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minecraft gamer pc 64
0.1 hrs
Posted: October 14
Product received for free
poop game
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2.2 hrs
Posted: October 11
This game was originally made for N3DS, that's why it looks and feels so different than normal games.
The landscapes thing was made for a 3D screen.

Though, I recommend this game, I loved it in 3ds and I still feel the same with the pc version, the art, music and everything is unique in its own way. It would have been nice to have an option for 3d screens.
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11.5 hrs
Posted: August 7
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17.6 hrs
Posted: July 24
Nostalgic Mediocrity

Update, October 5th, 2016:
I came back and complete this game, achievements and all, and I stand by my review. I realize others will feel differently, but from my view this game’s puzzles and challenge are rudimentary and it has very basic audio, visual, and level design.

I will say that the extra levels were a nicer affair, better designed, and showed more polish. The platform elements in these were better thought out and changed things up nicely.

I don’t hate this game, I don’t even dislike this game, I still can’t recommend it.

Original Review, July24th, 2016.
This is a very simplistic, slow paced action platforming game. The controls are actually very well executed, but the game itself suffers from a bit of an identity crisis. The music, art design, and play seem stuck in 8-bit era mediocrity. The game just feels slow and kind of dull, and looks pretty much on par. The colors are more akin to the 16-bit era, but the rest is just kind of functional. Not a bad game, but not a good game either. Very average.

As mentioned the controls work very well and are very uncomplicated. I played using a game pad with no issue at all.

The level design is pretty plain. This might have been to keep the game fairly easy, but it comes across as being as unremarkable as this game's other aspects. I realize this is an indie game, but for money it could do with being a bit less amateur.

Enemy variety is lacking, while timing puzzles only slow things to a crawl or seem to frustrate due again to the lackluster pacing. I have not completed the game, and though I might try its rather dull style and bland play make it a challenge to come back for more.

  • Controls are straightforward and good
  • Classic challenges
  • Relaxed pacing might appeal to some
  • Game pad friendly

  • Pandering to nostalgia
  • Slow pacing
  • Repetitive music
  • Visually dull

I just didn’t enjoy this game; I can't recommend it.
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4.3 hrs
Posted: June 20
To listen to this review and more thoughts on the game, check out the episode on Game Hoard Podcast

Mutant Mudds is a self-described “12-bit” platformer with simple pixel graphics and traditional side-scrolling gameplay. At first, I found the gameplay frustrating and off putting due to the fact that there is a distinct lack of momemtum and your character’s jump is very short and entirely vertical. This meant that I was falling into tiny gaps that wouldn’t have been a problem in virtually any other platformer. Thankfully, your character (if he has a name, I’ve long since forgotten it) is also equipped with a jetpack that can allow you to hover for short bursts. Learning how to use this jetpack, when to cancel it, and timing it to give a boost to your vertical jump, is key to navigating the levels. Once I had these skills down, I actually began to really enjoy the game and the level of challenge it presented.

Of course, Mutant Mudds isn’t a game about just jumping. The game starts with a brief cutscene showing that the Earth (or whatever Earth-like planet this is) is being invaded by Muddies. Why this game is called Mutant Mudds if the enemies are an alien species called Muddies, and seemingly not mutants, is something I have yet to sort out. Regardless, mowing down Muddies with your water gun is how you will spend most of your time, and it’s pretty fun. There are enemies that walk, enemies that fly, enemies that shoot, big enemies, small enemies, etc. Jumping through levels taking out enemies along the way falls into a really nice rhythm. There’s also 100 golden diamonds (i.e. coins) to get in each level and secret levels throughout with an even greater level of challenge.

Unfortunately, with no bosses, puzzles, or much of anything outside of the core gameplay, it definitely gets repetitive. There are a few worlds with different themes that should be familiar to any fan of platformers, such as the ice world or dungeon filled with lava, but they all play very similarly and have the same enemies. There are also “ghost” versions of the levels you can play where all the enemies are replaced by unkillable ghosts. While it’s a more interesting change up, it’s still really just more of the same.

The art and sound design in Mutant Mudds also don’t do it any favors. The art is clearly meant to evoke classic retro platformers but, unlike a Mario, Mega Man, or Sonic, it’s entirely forgettable. The music and sound effects are fine but simple and repetitive. I ended up playing most of the game on mute and either listening to my own music or podcasts.
And I haven’t even mentioned the gimmick yet. Mutant Mudds is played across three planes of depth. That is, you can travel between the normal plane, foreground, and background. I suspect that this effect was more impressive on the 3DS where the game was first released but, on PC, it’s a cool effect but somewhat unremarkable. I can see how this changing perspective could have been used to come up with some ingenious levels and challenges, a la FEZ and Super Paper Mario, but the developers sadly squandered it here. You move between the planes at fixed points in the levels and it has essentially no effect on the gameplay. There are no puzzles that rely on this mechanic and very few branching paths. It’s basically just an artistic choice and the game would hardly be different without it.

So, with all that said, should you play Mutant Mudds Deluxe? The answer will vary a lot depending on the person. If you love classic platformers and don’t mind a lot of repetition and a lack of strong identity, Mutant Mudds isn’t a bad choice. It’s core gameplay loop is definitely strong enough to satisfy a certain group of gamers. However, if you are looking for a game with original ideas, its own personality, or anything outside of typical platforming, you can safely stay away from this one. Overall, I enjoyed the game for what it is so I am giving it a recommendation.
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3.5 hrs
Posted: June 18
A great little platformer.

But beware, there is apoint wherre the difficulty REALLY picks ups and throw you for a loop. One reason for that is that it kind of is a bit off at telling you what to do when.

Otherwise i really like it.:-P
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0.7 hrs
Posted: June 7
First played it on 3DS, by far my favourite game on that. Now that it's on steam I love it even more.
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