Sunday, July 02, 2017

Mudpies



Time for a Food Fight!

Mud Pies is one of the oldest Atari ST games there is and stars Arnold, a kid who thought he would love the circus. However, it came to his town and he absolutely hated it - so he threw a pie at one of the clowns. Unfortunately, these clowns aren't known for having a good sense of humour so chased after him. There's only one thing left to do... No, we aren't running off home to tell our Mum, we're gonna throw even more pies!!

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

Just imagine the look on today's kids if you show 'em this 1985 game. Will they "get it"?


Simple, yet brilliant!

Challenge rooms are a bit different from the standard tents because they have no mud pies but instead, lots of clowns to avoid whilst grabbing the prizes - for 1000 points. Every 20,000 points, a secret door will appear for the chance to enter into a Mudslinging Round where you have 30secs to throw pies at wandering clowns!!

Don't clown about too much and get 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 its 'game over' but a freebie is awarded for every 10,000 points. 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.


Always frantic, always fun and so addictive. This game is eternal!!


Aesthetics

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 knew how to push this new computer. Having said that, it's got a certain Charley Chuck charm to it and, as a gamer since the early 1980s, I love its retro look. Love it!!

Spot-sound effects are fine, but it is best to leave the music on if I'm honest. Again, this isn't anything near the quality we are used to hearing but it's still surprisingly enjoyable. No complaints, it's an old game remember.

Oh, just take a look at the high score table!! Can ya' beat me??? ;-)


The CryptO'pinion?

Developed back in 1985 when nobody knew much about the Atari ST. And then Mudpies came along which is a terribly entertaining take on the Food Fight idea with silly gameplay that transports you back to your youth. I cannot imagine a better way to spend an afternoon other than slinging mud pies at clowns - this is so much FUN!!

Grab a piece of this old skool action for either floppy or hard drive. Enjoy!!

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