Switch version tested
Review code provided
Muddledash is an over the top wiggly and jiggly multiplayer party game for the Nintendo Switch from developers Slampunks and published by PQube. Originally released in July 2018 we dashed at the chance for the team at TBG to give it a once over. The game started life as a physics-driven project two years previous before evolving into its final form and is available to download on the eShop today.
Let’s start by addressing the elephant, or more aptly the cuttlefish, in the room – Muddledash is a multiplayer only experience so those looking for singleplayer may need to look elsewhere. Having said that, it’s the perfect excuse to invite a couple of friends around for some Octo-fun and an ocean’s worth of drink. You take control of a wriggly squid in a race to be crowned King of the Deep. Up to four players can take part in local couch co-op so there’s plenty of room for banter and shaming that one person who always ends up going the wrong way.
The game is split over ever-changing courses, so you’ll never race the same race twice but the rules stay constant, keep an eye on the countdown and be the first to grab the present! Once acquired it then becomes a manic sprint to the finish line. The remaining players must do their best to catch you and steal the present in any way possible. Be it a slap, kick or tickle of a tentacle or even a swift push in the wrong direction causing you to drop the prized goods. Each course offers the variation in play, its a simple enough concept.
The real enjoyment of the game comes from the pure adrenaline rush of racing to that goal and beating your friends. There’s no better feeling than pulling it back from the brink and stealing a win with seconds to go. It can be crushing if you are on the other end but rounds are fast so there’s always time for a second shot.
The visual of Muddledash is bright, colourful and beautifully crafted giving a warm vibe that would be at home in any kids cartoon. Characters are a cute mass of body and legs that bounce all over the place looking like a trifle caught in an earthquake or a cat that’s found all the catnip. You can customise your squid with a number of different hats for a finishing touch that brings the whole thing together.
Muddledash is a fun multiplayer game that has a great amount of replayability thanks in part it the randomly generated stages. It is limited by the lack of a singleplayer mode and potentially this could be added at a later stage through patching but isn’t really what this game is about. Fun and enjoyable in short bursts.
TBG Score: 6.5/10
Nintendo Switch Essentials:
Platform: Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 10/07/2018
No. of Players: 2-4
Category: Racing, Party
Download link: eShop