Super Mutant Alien Assault, an Exercise in Alien Brutality - PlayStation 4 Review

Super Mutant Alien Assault

Quick Glance:

  • Platform: PS4, XB1, PC
  • Players: 1-2 (Local only)
  • Achievements: Yes, trophies/achievements
  • Steam Trading Cards: Yes
  • Controller Support: Yes, Full
  • Retail Price: $9.99

High Level Premise – Defeat hordes of aliens as you progress through randomly generated spaceships.

Graphics/Style – 2-Dimensional Arcade Neo-Geo styled visuals.

Music/Soundtrack – Dubstep!

Story – As a security droid, save the last fleeing humans from an alien assault.

Replay-ability – Moderate – Randomly generated levels and a local co-op mode add replay value.

Time Commitment – 1-2 hours, skill-dependent with bite-sized gaming sessions.

Value – While it’s a bite-sized experience, there is a moderate amount of value with the included endless mode & local co-op opportunities.

Favorite Element – The solid soundtrack - SMAA is best played with the volume up!

Bosses can provide quite a challenge, depending on how well the randomly generated boards work in your favor.

Sean says:  As you get older, games that are quick to pick up and play become more important.  These bite-sized gaming experiences are great for when times get busy, and gaming sessions become few & far in between.  Super Mutant Alien Assault provides just that for the excellent price of just under $10.
    What makes this title unique is that the player never knows what’s in store when attempting a play through.
Randomly generated boards make it impossible to determine what weapons, enemies, or obstacles lie in their path to completion.  Therefore, the game may feel more forgiving or excessively challenging overall among any given play through.  That’s not to say this is a bad thing however, randomized experiences like this is partially what keeps you coming back for more!  The addition of a local multiplayer mode adds depth, allowing the experience to be shared among a couch co-op session.  Absent is any inclusion of an online multiplayer element, however such an omission is more forgivable among a small experience such as this.  
Super Mutant Alien Assault provides an excellent single & local multiplayer offering at an affordable price.  While the game runs on the short side, the tight & simple controls, randomized experience, and challenging gameplay more than make up for its length.  Throw in a killer dubstep soundtrack, and you’ve got a rock-solid indie title to fill in those intervals within a busy lifestyle.

Multiple load-out combinations keep things fresh.

Gareth says: The first thing that hits me when I turn on the game is that it has multiplayer that I will never be able to play because it is couch co-op only.  With that out of the way, this is a randomly level generated 2D shooter that is quick but with some deep elements.  There are unlockables that make the game feel fuller.  You can play on the different difficulties by yourself or with a friend. 
I enjoyed it and gave it a fair shot.  There is not too much here except for the completionist that wants to beat it on every difficulty, then find another completionist that lives next door so they can get the MP trophies together. 
A fun game that I could see paying three or four bucks for but wouldn’t say I missed out if I had never played it. 

The brutally random arcade platformer, Super Mutant Alien Assault, is coming to PlayStation 4 in Summer 2016. Taking inspiration from arcade classics and the seminal Super Crate Box by Vlambeer, Super Mutant Alien Assault is an unforgiving dance with death across randomised single-screen levels.

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