Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars Wii

Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
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  1. As far as completely original ground-up third party titles made for the Wii, Mushroom Men is one of the few good titles available.
  2. Some of the best presentation the Wii has seen makes this hard not to enjoy, but frequent camera issues and repetitive combat try their best to get in the way of the fun.
  3. 70
    For a first effort on Wii, Red Fly Studio have put forward a great little title.
  4. Mushroom Men is a nice platformer, but there are some elements that can't keep up the pace. Especially the graphics and the irritating camera position are dragging along. However, if you're looking for a game that will bring back memories of the gold old days of platforming than Mushroom Men should do just fine.
  5. While it is a little short at six hours, Red Fly Studios' inaugural Wii game is a fantastic 3D platformer with amazing music, wonderful art direction, solid puzzles, and a great sense of exploration.
  6. It'd have a Gold Award but for the camera. That aside, it's pretty wonderful. [Dec 2008, p.75]
  7. Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars is a solid platformer, and while it may not offer a great deal of new ideas, the addition of motion control and dozens of weapons to construct make this a title worth playing, if one can overlook the camera issues.
  8. It’s excellent to see an action platformer on the Wii that is an original concept, and doesn’t fall prey to many of the routine mistakes of the innumerable other shoddy efforts that have been pushed out onto store shelves. However, I fear that Mushroom Men will fail to find its target audience and be overlooked, as the fact that it failed to make it into the Wii’s top 40 games in its first two weeks on sale appears to prove.
  9. 79
    Mushroom Men is notable for its presentation and art style alone. But while it is visually and aurally unique, the gameplay is pretty generic platforming. And this motion-controlled combat has to go. Still, you could do a lot worse than invest some time in a solid, if commonplace, adventure.
  10. If linearity is not an issue for you, Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars is a rewarding action/adventure. And even if it is an issue, those who enjoy the genre will find a lot to like about this game.
  11. Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars is a cute and well-designed, if not particularly unique, title. The visuals are a bit weak, but the superb art direction does a lot to make up for that.
  12. Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars threatens to be a classic, an interesting, and frequently clever third-person platformer that oozes character. With a bit more polish and direction, it could have been one of the best Wii games of 2008, especially for gamers looking for classic third-person action gaming in an original universe. Regrettably, monotonous combat and occasionally baffling goals keep it from greatness.
  13. Mushroom Men The Spore Wars is a fun Wii-game. It offers a good adventure-experience, with a interesting story-line a lot of stuff to explore, puzzles, mini-games and a lot of jumping.
  14. Mushroom Men creates an original and living world but doesn't develop it with own standards. This brings to a good work but it draws on a game very similar to other action adventures or platforms come before. However the people who like these two genre can have fun whit this Pax's adventure on condition that they don't expect much more of a classic gameplay.
  15. Mushroom Men's rich world is muted by bland gameplay.
  16. Mushroom Men has some fantastic ideas in it and lots of genuine character, but the short game length and lack of replay value mean that this game is best suited to those who are desperately angling for something to satisfy their 3D platforming fix.
  17. Even in this realm of sub-average platformers, you have several better options than Mushroom Men. [Dec 2008, p.124]
  18. 70
    Mushroom Men has a few flaws, but it's still an enjoyable game. The platforming is solid, the premise if fun, and it has fantastic art direction. Hopefully we'll see an improved sequel in the future.
  19. 40
    Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars is easily one of the most original games to come along in a while. It has tons of style, a unique vision and all the makings of a wildly entertaining little franchise. Sadly, its first effort on the Wii isn't disappointing thanks to sloppy platforming, poor camera controls, and lack of any real innovation in terms of gameplay.
  20. 50
    A somewhat archaic, unpolished platformer belied by a novel premise and seemingly interesting world to explore. I enjoyed it enough as an introduction to a very cool, deliberate aesthetic, but it's tough not to desire a Mushroom Men game that executes its ideas more skillfully -- never mind one that takes more than five hours to finish.
  21. Mushroom Men uses modern presentation values and wonderful artistry to present what is essentially an old-school N64 era platformer. The result? A game you can’t help but fall in love with.
  22. Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars is, nonetheless, probably worth checking out – though not, perhaps, at full price unless you’re buying for a younger gamer. However, I’m looking forward to seeing what Red Fly Studio get up to next, as there’s lots of good stuff in those mutated ‘shrooms.
  23. AceGamez
    70
    Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars is a game of two extremes. On the one side you have the competent and safe but largely forgettable gameplay, and on the other you have the superb visuals, outstanding art design and unforgettable audio.
  24. While the levels are interesting from an artistic point of view, getting through them is a little too typical. Ultimately, the gifted art design in Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars can’t hide the fact that you’ve played much of this before – it just didn’t look as good then.
  25. Edge Magazine
    60
    The game carries you through its disappointments and annoyances on the back of its brilliantly realised microworld. [Feb 2009, p.88]
  26. If you’re in the market for a bog standard platformer that exceeds itself visually and aurally, then Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars is a worthwhile head spin without the legal repercussions.
  27. Nintendo Power
    80
    If you're hungry for some classic 3-D platforming, Mushroom men is definitely worth checking out. [Holiday 2008, p.84]
  28. The game is not perfect, nor will it appeal to everyone. However, Red Fly and Gamecock have done a great job of bringing a compelling adventure to the Wii that uses craftsmanship and care in its creation.
  29. It’s got a reasonably complex telekinesis mechanic, along the lines of The Force Unleashed, and much of the platforming uses one of Pax the protagonist’s special abilities. So it’s far from boring, but if you’ve got a phobia about mushrooms, this will make your skin crawl.
  30. As it is The Spore Wars makes for a pretty repetitive game for combat and exploring but the scenery is pretty good with plenty of variety.
  31. Nintendo Gamer
    73
    Spore Wars isn't quite the game we were hoping for but there is potential here for a future franchise if the uninspired level design is given a few tweaks. [Mar 2009, p.56]
  32. Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars for Wii inherits the essence of the classic 3d platformer games and adapts it to the Wii motion control. It has a great ideas for the gameplay and its art style is amazing. It has a great sense of exploration but the camera is poor and the game a little short. Is one of the few good and brave platform titles available on Wii.
  33. Games Master UK
    71
    A charming, quirky and well-presented 3D platform game that's fun but not memorable. [Mar 2009, p.65]
  34. It's disappointing to see to see an imaginative world drowned out by the generic gameplay offered, but unfortunately that's exactly what you get with Mushroom Men: Spore Wars.
  35. The world itself is actually incredibly cool – it’s a giant representation of the “real” world, from a tiny mushroom’s perspective.
  36. Mushroom Men’s charm and character make it much more than the sum of its parts. In spite of its flaws, I highly recommend it.

Awards & Rankings

#39 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2008
#40 Most Shared Wii Game of 2008
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Jun 12, 2015
    9
    Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars is an indie title featuring charming graphics, innovative level design and an inspiring world to explore. TheMushroom Men: The Spore Wars is an indie title featuring charming graphics, innovative level design and an inspiring world to explore. The soundtrack is done amazingly by none other than Les Claypool and its a game definitely worth purchasing if you have a Wii, albeit a short game length and some other minor issues.

    Now for the details: Meteorites fall from the sky, giving consciousness to the most unlikely of things. You play as Pax, a Bolete mushroom wandering the world to find meaning in his life, until he comes across a piece of the meteorite and absorbs it. He then ventures forth into the world, exploring the depths of nature.

    It's during these exploration periods in which the game shines most. Though the levels are somewhat linear, there is still a sense of voluntary discovery. This is amplified by the various other meteorites spread throughout the game that serve as interesting collectables. There is a decent amount of platforming to be done, but it doesn't feel so generated like in other takes on the genre.

    The graphics look beautiful for the Wii; they really make you believe Pax's journey, but things can get very dark and gloomy at times, so remember to keep the lights on. Les Claypool's previously mentioned compositions fit the scenery well and make the dark aesthetics really pop while you're playing it.

    There is no auto-camera; you have to move it yourself. This title didn't have an AAA-sized budget so expect to see some nontraditional (and occasionally sloppy) HUD for the options. Combat is a bit simplistic as well, but all of this is more than compensated by the amount of love that went into this title.

    In a nutshell, this game is a hidden gem with a couple of flaws, but keep your mind open, and soon you'll find yourself with one satisfying experience. The price on Amazon is pretty good too…
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  2. Jun 3, 2015
    6
    This game is definitely one of those hidden gems, that not many know about. I've seen countless reviews on this game but don't see them asThis game is definitely one of those hidden gems, that not many know about. I've seen countless reviews on this game but don't see them as being very fair, so I decided to write one and see if I can highlight every aspect.

    To begin, I would like to mention that this is definitely a game that is enjoyable for many hours and does pose a challenge. It's not too hard and not too easy. I honestly love the visuals, sure the graphics are kind of out dated, even for a late 2008 game, but they still caught my eye. The way everything was so dark and gloomy is not something you see in a "Plat Former" these days.

    The element of having to collect items to be able to build a better weapon was fun, and made it that much better to explore so you could find these Items. It also brought something new to the plat forming genre that hasn't been seen too often. Trying to figure out what you have to do in some parts was good, challenging and made advancing through the game rewarding.

    I also loved the fact that you were very little, and all the environments you go through range from backyards, to people's bathrooms. It added a nice little warm feeling to it. The game its self wasn't too short, but not overly long either, which in my opinion was good.

    Unfortunately this game is full of things that stop it from being a perfect hidden gem. From horrible camera
    angles and "glitchy" game play.

    For the first few hours the game was fine, and it's such a blast, it felt like a mixture between Conkers Bad Fur Day and Banjo Kazooie for me, that is until I got further into the game. The frustration started to rise. Terrible hit detection was one thing that I could not stomach, this was possibly one of the most frustrating things in the game. An enemy could hit you meters away from your vicinity, when your hits would sometimes not register at all.

    Platforming was made increasingly difficult with the "slippery" like ground. You think you've made the landing perfectly, only to slip off lots and lots of objects straight back to the ground. This got frustrating very quickly.

    Enemies were boring and not very thought out, same goes for the boss fights, it was more tedious than anything, and the challenge didn't come from the enemies being hard, it came from the sloppy hit detection and the unimaginative combat.

    I could honestly go on about the things that let this game down, but that's a hand full of things that make it good and make it not so good. I can see why this game didn't perform so well, how ever it definitely is a hidden gem and is quite fun and enjoyable. If you're looking for a game to pass some time, then I definitely recommend this game.
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  3. Feb 6, 2015
    8
    I was pleasantly surprised by this game, it is actually quite fun. The art-style is great, and makes for a pretty impressive-looking game,I was pleasantly surprised by this game, it is actually quite fun. The art-style is great, and makes for a pretty impressive-looking game, with a great sense of humour.

    Some of the aspects that made this game such a fun adventure game, is that the little mushroom fella you play as, combines some of these different items he finds thoughtout the world to make weapons of them. Like a razor blade, a piece of sticky gum, and maybe a match-stick. And he uses these weapons to defeat enemies, which usually are rats, bugs etc.

    The game is pretty short, about 7 hours in my experience, but you'll have fun most of the time, which is what is most important, Imo. I don't think there are many copies of this game lying around, so pick it up if you come by it, it is usually pretty cheap.

    A truly unique, and fun platform/adventure game, which defintitely is worth playing for the price it usually goes for.
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