- StudioPrank Entertainment
- DeveloperMandel, Josh
- DownloadFester Mudd – Curse of the Gold EP1
- LinkFester Mudd – Curse of the Gold EP1
- PlatformsOUYA, PC, Mac, Linux
- Release dateJune 2013
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!
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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