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X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse (SNES) artwork

X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse (SNES) review


"Sharpen your adamantium claws, polish your quartz visor, and shuffle those explosive cards"


The X-Men appear on their own SNES game with a strong presence, showcasing great graphics and gameplay reminiscent of Taito's Ninja Warriors with a few additions. Appearing during the pivotal time of Marvel's mutant heroes, Mutant Apocalypse was a great welcome into the gaming world including Comics and the like. Although the title is a bit misleading, being that you fight the master of Magnetism in the end instead of Apocalypse, whom you encounter halfway through.

The story goes as the X-Men catch notice of the island of Genosha imprisoning mutants therefore Professor X dispatches the heroes to help liberate them from their human captors. You begin each stage with their corresponding X-Men whom you choose from the beginning of the game. Each stage at the beginning includes opponents and level layout that corresponds with each X-Men's attributions. For example, you get Beast in a stage where he can hang by his feet on surfaces to avoid hazards and enemies alike, or Psylocke who can use her jump skills to overcome various pits on her own stage. Each stage at the beginning is like a training session to get you to know each character's strengths and weaknesses, followed by mid-bosses and stage bosses to complete said stages. Each character also have their own special powers at no cost to use, each having an input combination of joypad plus the attack button to either shoot Cyclops' optic blasts, Gambit's trick cards, and so on. Besides their mutant powers the X-Men also have their own skill set comprised of slides, climbing on walls, and dashes, which add variety to enhance gameplay.

One of the downsides to the game is that should you deplete the lives of a character, regardless of who it is, it will constitute a Game Over, no matter how many X-Men are left in the roster. This comes with the fact that some stages you cannot progress through unless you have a corresponding character who can finish it with their own abilities. Luckily, there is a password system you can use to continue your quest should you fail at any point, and you can also gain extra lives for each character if you can find said items within the stages you fight through. The difficulty is intermediate throughout, just a matter of how well you can use an X-Men taking advantage of their varied skills to conquer the game.
The soundtrack includes variety of tracks which some can be calm and action-themed. Some even go along with certain characters quite well, something that it is quite welcome in the game. Each hit landed on enemies result in a satisfying grunt from their defeat, as well as the explosions from machine-themed opponents like Sentinels when you successfully defeat them.

X-Men Mutant Apocalypse has a great deal of variety in terms of gameplay which adds to replayability, something I personally appreciate in a game of its kind. A great addition to your SNES library whether you may be a fan of the titular comics mutant heroes or not. Each characters brims with personality and their own attitude, which brings you closer to the action at hand like no other. A great game to own.

4/5

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Community review by CptRetroBlue (November 26, 2018)

Cpt. Retro likes old school gaming the most and grew up playing Arcade games in Mexico. He also loves talking about retrogaming.

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