Mushroom Men: Truffle Trouble brings the Mushroom Men franchise to Steam and provides a fun experience for those who favor the more casual end of the puzzle platforming genre.
Digital distribution platforms have re-introduced a lot of videogame series and characters, and a lot of that is due to a smaller amount of publisher involvement. Because of this, a lot of studios are now self-publishing titles and thus breathing new life into titles that they believe in. Mushroom Men: Truffle Trouble is no exception, and developer Red Fly Studio picked Steam as their distribution platform.
The original Mushroom Men games were published on Nintendo’s DS and Wii, and Truffle Trouble stays true to the puzzle platformer roots of those games. Pax, your main character, is trapped in a dream world where he has to stay clear of the Truffle Princess by reaching the end of the level before she catches up to you. In order to do this, the usual jumping and and running is required – albeit with the added twist of being able to shapeshift as you go along.
Each form that you can change into comes with its own unique abilities, and it’s these abilities that allow you to overcome some of the obstacles that stand in your way. Turning invisible allows you to sneak past your enemies, while spider powers give you the ability to climb up walls and stick to ceilings. At times you will also use the ability to fly or dig holes, but shapeshifting is rather intuitive and not where the puzzle elements comes in.
Puzzles often require crates to be moved into a certain position, or objects in the world to be triggered. A lot of these puzzles are fairly straightforward, but being chased by the Truffle Princess adds a certain time pressure to your puzzle challenge. If casual puzzle solving is more up your alley, then this aspect can be switched off as well. However, you’ll still encounter ‘normal’ bad guys along the way that you can avoid or attack before moving forward in a level.
It’s easy to compare Mushroom Men: Truffle Trouble to other puzzle platformers, since we’ve seen quite a few during recent years. Trine comes to mind, partly because Mushroom Men also boasts attractive visuals and a unique fantasy setting. But where Trine excelled in delivering clever physics-based puzzles, Mushroom Men features a more straightforward and accessible way of puzzle solving. This makes Truffle Trouble an excellent choice for those who are keen on platforming with some light puzzle elements, but might not be enough of a challenge to puzzle platforming veterans.