"X-Men Mutant Wars" is a video game released for the Gameboy Color console in 2000 by Activision. It is a side scrolling action title featuring many hit characters from the popular "X-Men" comic book series. The game received an age rating of "E" by the ESRB panel in the United States deeming it suitable for all ages.
"Mutant Wars" follows on from "Mutant Academy" in game chronology, but instead of adapting the poor performance of the original fighting title the developers chose to create a sort of beat 'em up side scrolling game similar to other popular low technology titles ("Streets Of Rage" for the Sega Megadrive comes to mind). The story holds that Apocalypse's cyborg robots are set loose into the world and it is up to the X-Men to eliminate them; a typical comic book premise.
Gameplay improves considerably over the predecessor "Academy" but there is not truly a game to be enthralled with in this title. I do prefer the concept of play which is presented in "Mutant Wars" as the console seems more apt for a slower, less frenzied playing experience, but that is not to say there is any noted difficulty in the title. In fact, it seems that if one keeps to the right of moving areas then one can dodge most interaction with enemies. During an odd enemy encounter a few taps of the "B" button eliminates them from play. It is possible that this was a technical glitch or the developers were aiming to appeal to a younger audience. The game begins with the player as Wolverine but other X-Men characters can be cycled through by pressing the "Select" button. To progress from stage to stage the player must find a hidden key which often doesn't seem to be too difficult to find.
The graphics don't seem to have improved on from "Mutant Academy" and still feature the same higher detailing and good background scenes; the game is enjoyable from a visual perspective. The audio has also been noted as improved over the previous title and features much more pleasant tones and musical compositions to accompany play rather than shrieking siren-like noises.
Mutant Wars is a simple game overall and may not be suitable for adult play unless one is looking for a few moments of engaged play when first powering up the console. It would likely see more success within a younger audience.
Xmen Mutant Wars is the rare Xmen game released in 2000 that many fans didn't play. Unlike Streetfighter cloned Xmen Mutant Academy the game is an adventure featuring many but not all of the Xmen characters including Gambit, IceMan, Storm, Cyclops and Wolverine. Mutant Wars was made in cooperation with Marvel Comics, Activision, the Hal Corporation (Hal Labs) and Avit, so you would think this would a great game with the talent of game companies on here, for the most part it's a good game, but some problems like the controls hurt it a bit. Story: Same story that we had repeated a million times in comic book and Xmen movies. Magneto and Professor Xavier are still fighting amongst themselves about mankind and role mutants play. Magneto wants to kill all man while Xavier says mankind needs to be better educated about mutants and that mutants and man can perhaps live in . The game starts with Professor Xavier saying that Cerebro has reported robots attacking Canada. So in the first level you run through a forest while beating robots and spheres that shoot at you. From then you might a different array of bosses some familiar others new like Waraxe, and getting closer to finding out the person (Magneto) responsible for unleashing these robots over the world. Graphics 6: Graphics are allright. Every Xmen is pretty well detailed to the point that you can distinguish between them. The backgrounds are for the most part static, except in some levels like a graveyard level, where you some nice 2d effects run amok. The bosses too like Sabretooth look good, and the best thing I have to say is that at least every level looks different and cutscenes between each level are a good touch as well telling the story as game goes along. Sound 4: Sound is allright, Nes sound to be exact. You get a diffferent tune in every level including the bosses. Y
ou do at least get a different array of sound effects such as explosions and hits when you damage an opponent. Controls 7: The controls for the most part are really good. Like in Xmen vs. Streetighter games, you can change Xmen characters at will, no double teaming, but the fact you can switch between characters was a good move. Every Xmen has a hp meter and xp meter (special powers) and an array of attacks based on each mutant. Wolverine has his slashing uppercut attack, a jump slash and a special dashing attack. The controls are very good, obviously the developers put effort into designing the best control possible and it shows. Challenge 5: The challenge ranges from easy to hard. Depending on what level you are on, you might meet weak enemies, other levels tough enemies such as zombies which can grab you and eat away your energy. Bosses also range from easy to hard, using the right Xmen character is the key here. I also liked this game because of the humor and mundage dialogue written in between some of the fights in the game including boss scenes: Specter Boss: "The specter of pestilence will shrivel your bones" Wolverine: "Not likely, Bub!!! My bones are fortified with calcium and adamantinum, strongest substance ih the world!!" "Arrgh!! The specter of pestilence will grind you to jelly!" Wolverine "Bring It on, pest. Quit flapping yer blue gums and show me what ya got". LOL. Yeah Overall, Xmen Mutant Wars is a decent game by four game companies that for the most deliver yet another great Xmen game to our collection. The fact that it is another rare Xmen Adventure is perhaps incentive to get it, if your tired of the StreetFighter/Xmen fighting games out there.