Title: Super Mutant Alien Assault
Platform: Windows, Steam, PS4, Xbox One
Reviewed on: Windows
Genre: Action Platformer
Players: Single player
Written by Bad Demoman 5th September 2016
For me, Super Crate Box was a nice little distraction in a time where I had neither money nor a beefy pc to run -
First off, let's outline what Super Crate Box was all about so that we can compare the two. Super Crate Box's goal was to collect -
That out of the way, let’s take a gander at what Super Mutant Alien Assault brings to the table. Taking place on a ship fleeing a desolate Earth, the ship comes under attack from the titular Super Mutant Aliens. What ensues as a result are a series of levels that are “randomly” generated (read:picked from a rather shallow pool of layouts) where you must fulfil a variety of goals to proceed. You may have to just kill a certain amount of enemies, or manage the overheating ships systems. In an effort to preserve the fast paced nature, enemies that stick around on the screen get progressively stronger, so you're encouraged to get them out of the way as quickly as possible. Weapons are supplied to you via a weapon cache at a fixed point on the stage, which generates new random weapons over time. These elements combined -
In Super Crate Box, an unfavourable weapon was easily solved by another quick box, and a failure at the hands of a bad one isn’t nearly as frustrating when progression is only achieved with the sheer number of boxes you collect. Super Mutant Alien Assault, on the other hand, has an actual requirement to progress, getting further in to unlock more.I found myself getting frustrated, playing the starting few levels over and over with my meagre selection of guns both gating my access to the newer ones, and severely dulling the experience. I suppose it’d all be worth it if the later levels were any more interesting or the later weapons felt like they switched things up dramatically. Spoiler -
Super Mutant Alien Assault is OK as something on its own -
A ton of different guns.
Adds nothing worthwhile to the formula,
Chaotic gameplay elements to emulate a fast pace.
Super Mutant Alien Assault gets a 5/10.