A New Level Mushrooms

IGN had a chance to play through another level of Mushroom Men at PAX 2008. Here’s their write-up:

Gamecock cooked up a new area in Mushroom Men to show off at the Penny Arcade Expo 2008. The sequence was the first time we got to see the Amanitas, the evil mushroom fellows. During our play session, we had to destroy the local Amanitas, go for a hot air balloon ride, travel up a tower, and fight a giant rat boss.

The level began in a room that resembled a bathroom, but there was a lot of steampunkish equipment attached to the walls. Of course, the Mushroom Men are tiny, so all of the game areas are man made environments that appear gigantic. Along with the Amanitas, we also saw new enemies like cockroaches and flies inhabiting the room. There was also new scav, such as opossum teeth.

The Amanitas wielded screws as clubs. Although they dwarfed our hero, they could be dismantled with two shakes of the remote.

Mushrooms prefer low light environments.

Once we took care of the requisite amount of bad guys, a mushroom called Il Capatino came to pick us up in a child’s inflatable tube, complete with a little hippo head. The game then switched to a 2D perspective as we scaled a spiraling tower. During these 2D sequences, the controls switch to digital, two-direction movement. The analog stick can be a little cumbersome at these times. As we made our way up the tower, certain areas of the floor would drop out from under us. Cap gliding allowed us to reach the top safely.

The rat boss awaited us atop the tower. He charges at our hero and whips with his tale. Luckily, there are acorns around. The Mushroom Man can use his psi-powers to lift the acorns and toss them at the rat.

Mushroom Men looks better each time we see it. Look for it later this year.

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Mega Man 9: The Story

IGN has posted the story to Mega Man 9, thanks to Capcom passing it their way.

Before going at Wily’s ambition, we’d suggest checking out our new Mega Man 9 screens and artwork. The art includes sprites for the major characters. The screens are all from the Japanese introduction.

The story begins after Mega Man has restored peace to the world. One day, robots throughout the world go berserk and turn violent. Of course, everyone thinks this to be the work of Mega Man rival Dr. Wily… until Wily jacks into television and frames Mega Man creator Dr. Light! Soon, the police arrive and take Light to jail.

It’s up to Mega Man to restore Light’s honor.

“Rise in order to stop Wily’s Ambition,” finishes the opening for the Japanese version. In Japan, the game is known fully as “Rockman 9: Revival of Ambition.”

Mega Exciting!

Mega Exciting!

Are you feeling nostalgic, yet?

de Preview

IGN had a chance to speak with Blue Tongue Studios, creators of de Blob to discuss its length, difficulty and the IP’s future.

But what of gameplay length? Is there enough in place to keep the hardcore crowd satisfied? “I would say that you shouldn’t be worried. We have played the game more than anybody on the planet and we still enjoy playing it,” said Hagger. “There is still lots and lots of stuff to find. The music never becomes boring. And you can play any music track on any of the different levels. There’s just such an incredible amount of variety in the game that you really just keep being drawn back to it.” Okay, but we want a tangible gameplay hour estimate. What does Hagger offer? “If you’re extremely hardcore, you might be able to play the game through in eight or nine hours. But if you’re more a contemplative, laid-back, relaxed kind of person, I think you’ll find that you’ll be playing the game for quite a long time”.

To read all of the questions answered click here.

Splattering A Wii Near You!

de Blob: Splattering A Wii Near You!

Blobby Baddies

IGN has posted images of various enemies and antagonists you’ll meet along the way in your de Blob adventures.

Click on over to IGN to check them out!

Inked, loaded and ready to go!
Inked, loaded and ready to go!

Mushroom Men Preview

Gaming news site IGN had a chance to preview the upcoming Wii platformer Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars.

We really like the moody atmosphere of Mushroom Men, and there aren’t enough adventure games on the Wii. If they can handle the waggle controls, players should be getting a pretty unique experience later this year.

Not everything they had to say was positive. To read the full preview click here. Or hit up their gallery for some new images.