Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Mr. Nutz: Hoppin\' Mad

Mr. Nutz: Hoppin' Mad

Front cover of Mr. Nutz Hoppin' Mad
Developer(s)Neon Studios, Kaiko
Platform(s)Amiga 500, Amiga 600
Release date(s)1994
Genre(s)Side-scrolling, 2D platform
Mode(s)1 player
Media3 floppy disks
System requirements1Mb of RAM
Input methodsJoystick

Screen shot of Mr. Nutz: Hoppin' Mad gameplay on one of the early levels

Mr. Nutz: Hoppin' Mad is a side scrolling, 2D platformer video game published by Ocean Software for the Amiga and first released in 1994.

The player controls the one player character, Mr. Nutz who is an Anthropomorphic red squirrel wearing shoes, gloves and a cap. The game shares similarities with other platformers of the same time, jumping is the main technique used in the game to navigate platforms and defeat or avoid most enemies. There is an overworld map in overhead view in which a small amount of gameplay takes place, and from which the player selects which levels to play. Most gameplay takes place within the levels which are the common 2D platform view.

[edit] Story

Chickens from outer space are trying to conquer the world, Mr. Nutz is asked to stop them.

[edit] Development

The game started out as Timet: the Flying Squirrel by a company named Kaiko but was sold before being released. The player character sprite was a slimmer flying squirrel, which was changed to a fluffier red squirrel but some of the level and enemy design remained. Mr. Nutz: Hoppin' Mad was developed by Neon Studios and published by Ocean for the Amiga 500 and Amiga 600 in 1994.

Ocean also released a game on multiple consoles under the shorter name of Mr. Nutz, it featured the same titular character but with more attacking abilities, different levels, enemies and story and the absence of a map.

Sometime after its original Amiga releases, the Neon Studios game was eventually stated to be ported to the Sega Mega Drive and released in 1995 as Mr. Nutz 2 [1][2], acting as a sequel of the console Mr Nutz game which had already been released in this particular system. However, despite being fully completed by the developer and even tested by press reviewers, the Mega Drive port of Mr. Nutz: Hoppin' Mad was never published.

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