Help melt the stress with this charming platformer
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 29 Jun 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Fun and relatable story, level design is fun and interesting
Controls feel floaty, it's hard to predict how the jumping mechanics will work at times
In case you haven’t been keeping up with some of the less mainstream games that have been popping up on Play Store lately there has definitely been an influx of weird and trippy games released. Mushboom for Android portrays this weird gremlin looking guy who is fed up with his 9-to-5 grind and needs to find a way to relax. So naturally, he jumps out of the window in his high rise office and begins chasing down shrooms in order to release his stress levels.
Getting fed up about your job is something we can pretty much all relate to. It doesn’t matter if you absolutely live for your job, you can’t deny the fact that stress happens no matter what. Our character here might be taking things a bit too far, but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t make for a fun premise.
This isn’t an endless runner, thankfully. Instead, it’s basically a platformer similar to something like Mario. The difference here is that levels are more vertical than horizontal and the controls are a bit odd because movement is mapped to on-screen buttons rather than a simple joystick.
As you run and jump through levels you’ll have to dispatch enemies by jumping on their head. You also, of course, have mushrooms that are littered about the level that you need to collect in order to keep your stress meter from reaching zero. Once you have the meter completely full then you enter this full on dream mode which is very much like an endless runner where you try to collect as many mushrooms as possible.
Reading my review, you’d think this game sounds an awful lot like Mario but Mushboom feels like it has its own identity entirely. The jumping mechanics feel a little floaty and the controls are loose, but the content itself is fun and levels are difficult enough to keep you entertained for a while.