I’ve always been fond of platforming games so when Mush was announced for Windows Phone, I was quite excited. The game is like a hybrid of the PSP title Loco Roco and the DS title Super Princess Peach, where you must rotate the screen to control the direction of your characters while changing the emotions. The unique factor with Mush comes from the lush environments and the absolutely stunning music that accompanies you on your adventure.
The levels are laid out in increasingly difficult puzzles that you’ll have to use several different emotions to navigate, including a happy emotion which causes Mush to float in euphoria, while sad causes him to sink into a heavy depression. The other two emotions are confused and angry, both of which have their unique perks. Each level on the world select screen offers three worlds that feature the main emotion and upon completion, you’ll unlock a new emotion.
The game features collectibles in the form of minimotes as well and you’ll need to be the corresponding emotion in order to pick up each minimote. For example, orange minimotes require Mush to be happy, while red minimotes require him to be angry. The overall feel of the game is very charming and the music for each of the sections is very nice. There’s even an option for those of you who enjoy the music to add it to your ringtone list.
Overall, Mush is a very charming platformer that offers a unique take on gameplay, however the game is short for what it is. While each level took me around 6 or 7 minutes to complete the first time while not on a minimote hunting streak, that equates to a max of around 2 to 3 hours to get through the 12 levels that are available. The only real replay value to the game is going back and replaying the levels to try and collect any minimotes you leave behind but once you’ve collected them all, the game is over.
I’d say for $2.99 Mush is an interesting experience for both the artwork and the music, but if you’re looking for a game that has longevity, Mush definitely isn’t it. If cute platformers are your thing, give Mush a go and let Angry Mango know what you think about their work.