Review Mutants: Genetic Gladiators
My Pet Mutant
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 04 Apr 2017, tested on Samsung Galaxy S III Neo
Unusual graphics, unusual plot, decent game play
Needs to be elaborated, glitches, animation is a bit laggy
Mutants: Genetic Gladiators for Android has a lot of unrealized potential. I love the plot and the idea of combining mutants to make your own monstrosities. Everyone who wants to be a mad scientist raise your hand! (As I eagerly wave both hands in the air.) Ooh-ooh, me, me! Pick me!!
Mutants: Genetic Gladiators plays a lot like a classic RPG. The game is rather simple and there’s a lot left to the imagination to go with the imagination on screen. The graphics are interesting and original, and the mutants look like futuristic hybrids fresh off the boat from the island of Dr. Moreau. But the controls are very challenging. Basically, there’s a row of mutants on either side of the screen and you tap which of yours you want to match up with the others for battle. Then you just sit back and watch the weirdness, and select another paring for battle. It’s turn by turn play. There’s a mutant with a tongue that would put Gene Simmons to shame and he slobbers every mutant into submission with that long gooey thing. Talk about eew! But then, I think mutants are supposed to make you go eew, so job well done on that one.
I love the RPG roots this game celebrates, but the controls are far too awkward and buggy for as simple as they are. Screen taps were tough to register the game play itself was very slow and sluggish. The app also made my phone run hot and was glitchy overall. Also, the menus and upgrade screens were cluttered and could use to be streamlined. I think the game play needs an injection of something to make it more snappy and interesting.
Overall, Mutants: Genetic Gladiators has the makings of a cult hit, but its full potential just isn’t there yet. More needs to be done to make this game run and play better. However, it has a lot going for it and I look forward to seeing how it evolves once the mad scientists behind it make some tweaks.