Sunday, July 02, 2017

Mudpies


The circus came to town but it was boring and not nearly as good as Arnold thought so he threw a mud pie at one of the clowns. Unfortunately, clowns aren't known for having a good sense of humor and started chasing him so there is only one thing left to do... No, we aren't running off to tell Mum, we're gonna throw even more mud pies!!

Each screen represents a tent from the circus with an invading army of clowns who look more like jelly monsters dressed up as Ronald McDonald! They're insane and wander frantically waving their arms and chucking juggling pins. This invasion will last forever but the pies won't so look for the open door to another tent full of a fresh stock - and many more clowns. Throwing a mud pie will see them flying off the screen and multiple hits score you extra points. Try not to get yourself trapped in a corner otherwise, you might receive a juggling pin knockout blow!

Challenge rooms are a little different to the standard tents because they have no mud pies but lots of clowns to avoid whilst you try to pick up a prize worth 1000 points. Also, every 20,000 points, a secret door will magically appear for the chance to enter into a Mudslinging Round where you have 30 seconds to slap mud pies into wandering clowns.

Don't clown about too much and get yourself hit. If you do, two medics appear with a stretcher and carry you off to the first aid tent. Only three times can this happen before it's game over but a freebie visit is awarded for each 10,000 points scored. A health meter is displayed top/left of the screen and is split into three segments with the middle one enabling you to run very fast. However, this speed is reduced if you become too hungry or if you've over-faced on burgers and fries. So try to keep your health a nice happy medium throughout for maximum agility.

Graphically, this isn't exactly stressing our Atari ST in the slightest. But remember that is was developed and released back in 1985 before programmers and artists knew how to push the best 16-Bit computer. Having said that, it's got a certain Charley Chuck charm to it and, being a gamer since the early 1980s, I kinda love its retro look if I'm brutally honest. Spot sound effects are okay but it is best to leave the music on. Again, this isn't anything near the quality we would expect but it's surprisingly enjoyable. I swear, I love how this game sounds and looks.

Mudpies is terribly good fun with a simple yet frantic gameplay which takes me back to my 8Bit days. There isn't a lot to it but I've had so much fun slinging mud pies at daft clowns. An incredibly entertaining old skool game and I love it.

LINKS

 - The Biker #14 is a great floppy disk thanks to Stonish.
 - Mudpies can be installed to hard drive and even comes with a trainer from 8BitChip.
 - AtariMania lists this in their ST database with a fantastic video to watch.
 - I've recorded what is almost a "longplay" video and achieved my highest score!! :-)