Mutant Roadkill (Android) Review
Mark Adams / Sep 22nd, 2012 No Comments
Mutant Roadkill is yet another great game released by Glu Mobile, and yet another game that takes the graphics of these mobile devices to another level. It’s Mutant Roadkills sense of humour that makes it an enjoyable pick-up-and-play title.
The premise of Mutant Roadkill is quite simple, drive your car as far and as fast as you can without it exploding into flames. It’s a kind-of reimagining of the Temple Runner type games, and as such still has that one more go addict-ability. The game has you driving down endless road-ways that change to different landscapes as the game progresses. As the World has become infected by Zombie Mutants, your job is to either run over these creatures or avoid them, depending on the type of mutant they are.
Your journey is helped along the way by numerous power-ups such as machine guns, electrical discharge, pistols, super-speed and a whole lot more. These weapons are not only to destroy the mutants who are in front of you, but also to destroy those who like to jump onto your vehicle and try and attack you from its sides. Should the weapons fail, choosing which direction to turn when you get to a crossroads or turning point helps you fling the mutants off your car. Everything is done is a way over-the-top style, and there are some genuine laugh out loud moments, or maybe it’s just me and I enjoy seeing mutants being run over and/or flying through the air after being hit? Another great way to dispose of mutants is to scrape them off by driving really close to a parked up vehicle, this is fun, but a little risky.
Control of the vehicle is quite straight forward, it constantly drives straight down the screen and you simply tilt the device left or right to turn in the required direction. When you get to turns in the road, you simply swipe the screen with your finger left or right depending on the direction. Power-ups are automatically turned on when you pick them up, so there is no need to worry about triggering these. It’s a case of simple means better with Mutant Roadkill, and it certainly works very well. The difficulty of the game depends on how good you are at moving to avoid obstacles in the way, most of the time there are strategically placed burned out cars or other vehicles in your way to avoid, and sometimes they are really hard to miss!
Once again, as in all Glu Mobiles games, in-app purchases are required for extra vehicles and added features. Thankfully, some of these can be obtained quite easily with the standard credits you accumulate while playing the game, while others need to be bought with Glu-Points. You do unlock Glu Points slowly when playing the standard game too, though the easiest way to obtain them is to go to the in-game store and choose one of the many options (such as watching videos and liking Facebook pages). Even without the extras, the game is a lot of fun, and I have not seen the need to purchase any Glu Points.
Graphically and sonically the game shines on both iOS and Android. The graphics are crisp and detailed, and everything moves along at a surprisingly fast rate. Mutants are well animated, and even with a lot on the screen at one time the game keeps up its speed without any slowdown. There’s some great music that plays, and some great sound effects when you knock down the mutants. Again, the sound is over the top and the squidgy sound it makes when you knock down a mutant is hilarious.
Mutant Roadkill is a fun time-waster, that although doesn’t seem to have the depth of play that some other games have, is a really good investment if you just want to pass the time of day running over mutant zombies. It’s controls ensure that its easy enough to pick up and play by anyone, and the extra purchases within the game mean there’s plenty to unlock on the way. Again, this game shows just how far games have come in the last few years, and its great to see a developer who cares about the product they release.
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