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Chuck the Muck Review

By Dave Flodine, on May 16, 2013

Chuck the Muck
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PROS

  • Amusing character animations.
  • Ambient sound instead of music is an interesting choice for the levels.

CONS

  • The camera is too far zoomed out, and it can make controls difficult.
  • A high reliance on shop items (even though the prices are decent).

VERDICT

Another entry into the physics flinger genre, Chuck the Muck is decent, but doesn't end up making that much of an impression.


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Chuck yourself before you muck yourself! Sorry about that, but with a game title like Chuck the Muck it can be difficult not to make jokes. The title is also sort of misleading. Yes the game does indeed contain a muck, and as it is a physics flinger, there is certainly a high level of chucking, but the muck must be fed crystals (three in each level to be precise), and so the critter you control is the one being chucked around these single screen puzzles. The muck just looks on, and gives you some humourous expressions depending on how many crystals you manage to obtain to satiate his enormous appetite.

The critter is moved with a joystick that appears where ever you tap. You can move left or right, and a tap will make you jump (and if you have unlocked the beans, you may toot while in mid-air to double jump). There is muck scattered around the stages, and if the critter touches it, he can then be flung along an arc as you pull it back, just like every other physics flinger you've played before. However, some muck needs to be attached to an anchor, and some needs to be removed to access different areas of the level. Add in a steady stream of new obstacles (most that can be negated or eased through with the purchase of a new hat in the shops), and you have a pretty standard entry in the genre.

And this would be great, especially for the free price tag if it was easier to play through the levels. You see the game takes the idea of single screen very seriously, with the camera zoomed right out to allow view of everything. This can make the situational controls more annoying than they need to be. The game doesn't always respond to your commands either, so there's that.

But for its price tag and fairly unobtrusive store with fairly decent prices for things that actually change how the game works (including the night vision mode), Chuck the Muck isn't too shabby an experience. It's not terrible, and it's not fantastic. It's got some humour to it, and some decent level design. We've certainly played a lot worse.

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Comments

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xeroxeroxero 11 months ago

Hey there Chesco. AppSpy hasn't stopped doing video reviews, they're just on hold at the moment while James (the video guy) is away. He's back with a bang soon though, so keep it locked on AppSpy.

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Chesco 11 months, 1 week ago

since appspy stopped doing video reviews the site has went to shit.