Fester Mudd – Curse of the Gold EP1

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Fester Mudd

A hidden gem for old-school adventure game fans

Today is the official launch of the OUYA and we thought “What could be more appropriate to celebrate the launch of a surprise hit-console, than with the introduction of a sleeper title.”

Fester Mudd was an accident for me. I stumbled upon it just by accident when I was browsing through the OUYA store. If you don’t find it right away use the Y-Button (yellow) and type in the name, yes it is so under the radar….

When I first started Fester Mudd, I thought this was another one of those badly programmed games. It looked ugly and disgusting! That was the menu screen. Everything after that screen was just pure gold.

The open screen reads “This game is a tribute to the golden age of adventure games”, and that my friend, it is!

Fester Mudd, the protagonist, is the brother of Bud Mudd, who apparently found gold and now asked his brother to help him mine that gold. So Fester gets on his old, but reliable mule, “Martha”, and rides to help his brother.

First you’ll need to find him though, which is easier said than done in this cool Point & Click adventure.

The guard in front of the saloon, where you’re supposed to meet Bud, won’t let you in without an ID, which of course you do not own. So you run around the town Loamsmouth and try to get that ID. I will not spoiler any further, but I will say the story is filled with little jabs at other franchises and icons of the early 90s.

Everything in this game screams “Love me Retro-Gamer!” and personally I think it has achieved that goal easily. Loaded with lots of humor, nice artwork and a huge portion nostalgia – this is a game that is heavily undervalued and it deserves more attention.

If all that isn’t enough to convince you… Josh Mandel from Replay Games (which you might remember as being associated with Al Lowe and Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded) is working on this game. Old-school legend!

Rating

Tom
Graphics
7.0
Sound
7.0
Fun
10.0
Concept
8.0
Long-term fun
9.0
Overall
8.5
Tim
Graphics
7.0
Sound
8.0
Fun
10.0
Concept
8.0
Long-term fun
9.0
Overall
8.6

Conclusion

Honestly, Fester Mudd has shot up into my Top3 of OUYA games within only a few minutes of playing. It reeks of Indiana Jones, Maniac Mansion and every other cool adventure game from back in the day.

Having said that, I think it is very hard to judge and compare this game to other games in the store.

How do you properly rate a graphic design that is intentionally old-school and doesn’t have a chance against the likes of The Ball, Bomb Squad or Knightmare Tower?

However, I feel that the controls are piss poor. You have to use the touchpad on your controller to (sometimes) interact with objects. It’s like holding your keyboard without a table to rest it on and then trying the reach the touchpad in the middle for a few seconds.

Apart from that small point of critique Fester Mudd is a game every adventure nerd should try out. It’s amazing how close it comes to feeling like an old-school adventure game when it has just been released in 2013.

If you’ve ever played and fallen in love with other Point&Click adventures, you cannot pass on Fester Mudd.

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About Tim von Janssen

Tim has started playing PC Games at the tender age of 8 (ca.1990-1991) on monochrome screens and hasn’t stopped ever since. Due to that love for video games that has developed very early Tim also knows why older games very successful despite mediocre graphics. One simple reason: gameplay. Tim feels that with the development of the OUYA and the stronger focus on indie game studios is the right step towards better gaming experiences that rely more heavily on unique game concepts and better gameplay in general. Tim at Google+

6 thoughts on “Fester Mudd – Curse of the Gold EP1

  1. Juan Eduardo Castellon

    Hi, I just downloaded Fester Mudd’s demo yesterday, and I absolutely loved it! But I readed today that Replay Games won’t be working with the Ouya anymore… Is that true? Can you tell me what triggered that desicion??
    Thanks a lot!
    Juan Eduardo Castellon
    PD: Love your page! Can I contribute? 😀

    Reply
    1. Thomas Reisser

      They didn’t explain. In a discussion at the ouyaforum they just stated they stop supporting this platform. No explanation, nothing! They released Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded on Android and there is no word of the OUYA version anymore, although it was announced at E3. I think the sales figures and the bad press had a large impact on that decision.

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      1. Juan Eduardo Castellon

        It is a pity. I bought Final Fantasy III the very first day when my Ouya arrived at my doorstep, and then I bought The Ball, which I loved from the moment the demo started. But discovering Fester Mudd was amazing, because I love adventure games, and I haven’t played a good one in years. I kinda had this revelation vision where the Ouya (and the rise of old school games) was the door for adventure games to return… But, well, maybe it isn’t like that at all…
        Hey congratulations on the page, I really love it. If you guys ever need some help or contributions, just let me know. I have a lot of ideas, I ran a game blog for a while, and I’m even entering the game/app design industry.
        Greetings from Chile! 😉

        Reply
        1. Thomas Reisser

          I had the same thoughts when discovering Fester Mudd and really was looking forward to Larry. Let’s wait for Whispering Willows and hope, there is more to come. 🙂
          We always look for gamers with good writing skills and the ability to identify what is essential. At the moment there are just two of us. I do the design, the coding and reviews, my partner does lots of writing and the whole video stuff.
          We already have a few occasional contributors, but we’re in need of help on a regularly basis. If you want to know more, please send me a PM at thomas@dayoftheouya.com.
          Cheers!

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          1. Juan Eduardo Castellon

            I sure will!
            Back into the subject, I have a little update: Replay Games just answered a PM I sent yesterday:
            “We are glad you are enjoying Fester Mudd. If the market demands we release more Ouya titles we will. As you may be aware there are lots of gaming devices on the horizon and we might not be able to support every device”.

          2. Thomas Reisser

            That’s kind a strange answer as they specifically announced Leisure suit Larry reloaded for the OUYA but only released it on Android. They didn’t answer any questions about this issue yet.

            Would be cool to have you onboard! 😀

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