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Mutant Alien Assault

It’s The Bot That Counts

In Mutant Alien Assault, one tin man stands in the way of space-alien chaos.

By Adam Volk • November 27, 2012

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Everyone knows that it’s only a matter of time until Apple’s secret army of Steve Jobobots gain sentience and enslave humanity, forcing us to toil in their endless iPad mines. Yet until that fateful day, robots can also be helpful—whether they’re an Austrian android working as the governor of California or a Roomba cheerfully sucking up our stale Cheetos and lint balls.

A tin man with a heart of gold is also at the center of Mutant Alien Assault, a fast-paced arcade shooter. You take on the role of a lone robot stranded on a starship that is under attack by vicious aliens. To escape, you’ll need to power up your vessel’s reactor core with enough fuel rods to make the jump to hyperspace (which isn’t exactly like dusting crops). Unfortunately, you’ll have to fend off an endless stream of aliens who mutate into even more deadly creatures if left alive for too long. Luckily, in each of the game’s five levels, there’s a weapon dispenser which offers random arms such as laser rifles and grenade launchers.

The result is a frenetic shooter that challenges you to make quick kill-or-be-killed decisions. Do you head back and grab another fuel rod, jump to the weapon dispenser, or simply try to hold the line against the growing horde? A catchy dubstep soundtrack gives Mutant Alien Assault an extra hook—beyond the appeal of playing as an underdog with the plucky courage of R2-D2, the sassy attitude of Johnny Five, and the quiet dignity of TV’s Small Wonder.

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  • Aurora Boreanaz

    Thankfully the robopocalypse was again averted when the M1-TT R/OMNI unit lost the election.

    • His_Space_Holiness

      It wasn’t his fault, it was the selfish 47% of users who wanted .GIFs.

      • George_Liquor

        Personally, I think is was Anne overuse.

  • WorldCivilizations

    This game is a rip-off of Super Crate Box. I googled it to check if it was the same creator, but it’s not. The creator does say he “drew inspiration” from SCB, but this is clearly not inspiration – it’s forgery. 

    Things lifted DIRECTLY from SCB:WeaponsRandom weapon mechanicGraphics, menus, fonts, style, proportions EnemiesEnemies getting more powerful if left aloneStages Controls and physics/feel
    Strategy (the “thin the enemy crowd vs. advance level objectives” tension)

    So, go play the original and best!

    • BarbleBapkins

      Super Crate Box is indeed a great game. One of my go to games for when I have a couple of minutes to kill. Haven’t played the game mentioned in the article, but based on what you list there it does sound like a pretty straight up clone of SCB.

    • Xyvir

      The game is heavily inspired by super-crate box, no doubt. I thought the same thing when reading the review, but after playing it, I fell it’s different enough to merit it’s own existence. I could make a case by pointing out how many of the mechanics are very different, but I’m too lazy. I disagree with WorldCivilization, It’s not a 1 to 1 rip off of super crate box by any means. Whether or not you think it is better or worse than it’s inspiration is an entirely different issue.

    • Ike1

      I enjoyed Mutant Alien Assault and haven’t played SCB so I tried downloading it but it won’t run on my computer, probably due to some DLL bullshit or resolution problems w/my monitor. So I’m glad Mutant Alien Assault exists because I can’t find any browser versions of SCB.

      Got any other recommendations for browser shoot-em-ups like this one?

  • Sleverin

    “A catchy dubstep soundtrack gives Mutant Alien Assault an extra hook”; is that really a noteworthy mention?  Isn’t “dubstep” one of those things dropped to start flamewars like “Tim and Eric Awesome Show” and “World of Warcraft: best game ever or bestest game ever”?

    • Xyvir

      HEY SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DUBSTEP IS AWESOME AND THE WAVE OF THE FUTURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TIM AND ERIC AWESOME IS REALLY STUPID AND WORLD OF WARCRAFT IS A GAME ONLY PLAYED BY NERDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Sleverin

        The game, its has been won by you.

        • Xyvir

          lol. It was joke, I was starting a flame war. Get it?

      • Sleverin

         NO I DON’T GET IT YOU’RE OBVIOUSLY A SIMPLE MINDED NECKBEARD WEARING NERF HERDER WHO DOESN’T UNDERSTAND BASIC QUANTUM MECHANICS TO BE ABLE TO COMPREHEND WHY I’M TOTALLY RIGHT IN SAYING THAT GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES CAN ONLY BE MADE THROUGH A PROCESS OF HIBERNATING BEES IN A RADIOACTIVE CHAMBER TO CREATE AN INEXHAUSTIBLE POWER SOURCE FOR INFINITE CHEESE SANDWICH MAKING.  SUCK ON THAT LOWER LIFE FORM!