I Was An Atomic Mutant! provides anger
management therapy to quick-tempered little men everywhere. This $20
game tries to convince you that you're in a Cold War-era monster flick, with you
in the starring role as the monster. You will crush all that oppose you;
you will use your atomic might to shatter the ground and sky... AND
DESTROY THE PUNY HUMANS.
First off, I want to get something out of the way - this game is a bargain
game, and it's made to play on basically ANY turd-box that you install it
on. The specs for this game are that you need a 400 Mhz processor. 400
Mhz. At that point, the game is almost as expensive as the
computer. So, that said... You can probably guess that the in-game
graphics aren't like Panzer Dragoon Orta. I don't weight the graphics very
heavily in this review, because of the game's specs.
Here's what I was thinking before I played I Was An Atomic Mutant!:
Is it convincing? Does it work? I had just gone
through some bitter disappointment with War
of the Monsters (PS2), because, well, it was more of a poorly-done brawler
than anything else. Willful destruction - that's the key game play
element that I've been looking for in a monster game. Once again, I geared
myself up to play the modern-day Rampage. That's how the game should work.
The game should take the time to put me into the era, into the game - it should convince
me that I AM an Atomic Mutant.
I Was An Atomic Mutant! is convincing. The opening sequence is fantastic.
It does a great job of putting you into the game - it's made of some great stock
footage with appropriate cheese ball overdubs. Once you get into the menu
system, you realize that these folks had some very good graphic artists working
on the project. Everything is appropriate to the game, from the names of
the options to the way things are presented on-screen. Once you start
configuring your player settings (what monster that you want to be, etc) you'll
notice that each monster has his/her own trailer - very well
done for all of the monsters. The monsters themselves are AWESOME -
you can be the 50 foot woman, a disembodied brain, the standard Godzilla-like
lizard, or an alien invader. I know that it seems odd to include the
menus and movies as consideration in a review, but really - everything is
done SO WELL here.
That seems to carry on to the music, which is great at setting the mood.
For a brief moment you are in a monster flick. Notice that I said
"for a brief moment". That's the key phrase with I Was An
I was an Atomic Mutant works - for about 15 minutes. You begin
the game in the smoldering crater of your birth, and lo and behold there's a
town nearby in desperate need of demolition. Each monster has a few weapon
choices - the default, and easily the best weapon, is the beam weapon (which
varies a bit for each character). Your objective is simple - destroy the
entire town. Sweeping your head side to side with the mouse and moving
with the keyboard is easy. Doing the same with the joystick is impossible
- stick to the keyboard/mouse. The weapons are pretty cool - the ability
to chuck cars and people around is pretty sweet. If you play as the Brain
from Beyond Infinity, you can do an Insanity Ray attack that turns everything
into rubber duckies and stuffed rabbits. Hilarious. The feeling in
the first level is GIDDY EXCITEMENT. You really are a monster, you really
DO need to destroy! This holds for about 3-4 levels. After that,
the game play starts to get really old, really fast, because it never
changes. And it gets frustrating. An example - I spent a good
4-5 minutes on a level, not realizing that I forgot to destroy one little shed
(which was partially obscured by rubble). That pissed me off - the game
loses a point, JUST FOR THAT.
Comparison to the classics: I played Rampage
again (for a good couple of hours), to see how I Was An Atomic Mutant!
would hold up against the classics. Know what? Rampage was the most REPETITIVE
GAME EVER. Holy hell, this game is Rampage's equal. Here's how you
play I Was An Atomic Mutant! - you play for 15 minutes when you're
pissed. Then you walk away for a week. Then you come back, right
where you left off. It's a good game, that way.
So, do you buy this game? The answer will depend on what $20 means in
your life. If it means no Ramen Noodles for a week, well - no. Obviously. But it's a
very reasonably priced game - and I think it's worth $20. I give I
Was an Atomic Mutant! a solid 7/10. (a grade of C)