Indie coop games are a common staple of digital marketplaces nowadays, and while this seems like a great thing, it doesn’t always pan out and not just critically. For example, the phenomenal Toto Temple Deluxe received poor sales even with it’s addictive gameplay. It’s a crowded genre, and game’s need to do more than just include good mechanics whilst feeding into yearning nostalgia. Super Mutant Alien Assault is another example with good intentions, but can it innovate into a far broader audience and succeed at the same time? Here’s our analysis of this pixel fueled adventure.
Unlike other cooperative junctions, Super Mutant Alien Assault is a lot more limited in it’s weapon variety, especially in solo play. However, this is a rare example in which this strong negative rewires itself into a positive. This is partly due to how resourceful the game can be, weaving challenge into fun and taking out the frustration. It’s kind of beautifully genius, although it won’t strike the biggest chord with casual indie players.
Story & Design:
Super Mutant Alien Assault is also a game that feels different in coop and solo play, a true testament to it’s fluidity and strength. You’ll have to rely on your wits 24/7 when alone, but add a companion and you’ll find yourself aligning with the learning curve, instead of struggling to reach it. This works especially well with the horde system, changing a game element that has become ever so contrived.
Presentation/ Visuals & Audio:
Lastly, the presentation, audio, and graphics are all added bonuses to Super Mutant Alien Assault’s greatness. There may not be a huge amount of content, but every playthrough feels somewhat different due to the detailed and colorful pixel art. I especially liked how the game incorporated electronic music, and you’ll hear many tracks that are the complete opposite of musical throwaways.
Super Mutant Alien Assault may not have an excellent title, but it makes up for this with it’s fantastic and furiously frantic gameplay. I can’t wait to go back and experiment with the weapon library, which I hope gets expanded in the future. At the end of the day, this alien killing masterpiece is not a lesson in anger, just good passionate fun.
Super Mutant Alien Assault gets a 9/10 (Superb)
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