I have to be honest here, I really didn’t want to review this at first, just like the many other game review sites out there didn’t. I knew going in this was going to be a bad experience, but being the fair and fun folks we are at Popzara, I wanted to try it and view it from all angles. After doing so, I believe Skunk Software’s Mini-Games Madness Volume One: Hello World might have had good intentions on trying to collect a few fun games, but most will not see it this way while viewing it as an insult to their intelligence and wallets.
Going into Skunk Software’s website, I was for sure they were some sort of joke or troll site, complete with their slogan “stinking up the competition”. I find it pretty difficult to think otherwise after seeing that, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and say maybe they’re a new company that’s made some bad marketing decisions. One of them being this game, where once you’ve made it pass the freaky and disturbing main menu (it’s dark, presented through a fish-eyed lens view, and makes weird glitchy noises reminiscent of something from the Silent Hill series), you can choose from titles such as “Eels and Ladders” that plays like a broken Chutes and Ladders board game that doesn’t even use all of your available screen space. There’s a Flappy Bird-like title called “Copter” that has you flying a helicopter through brown levels with darker brown obstacles that look as though they’re ripped straight from an Atari 2600 game. “Cave Run” looks and plays like a sad endless runner if it were on the Nintendo 64, complete with terrible laggy/floaty controls when jumping. The last title, “Mini Farmer” is probably the only decent and playable game on here, but don’t get too excited as all it consists of is pressing the A button on piles of dirt while waiting for stuff to grow and collecting it before it dies.
If the programmers at Skunk Software were being serious when they made this, I can’t help but feel sorry for them, as the title not only feels unfinished, but as though they didn’t even start or try. There’s little or nothing here that makes this appealing or worth playing that you can’t easily find somewhere else that’s done way better, such as your smartphone’s game apps. This is one of those titles that just lacks everything, from creativity and fun, to basic gaming fundamentals. The graphics are just as muddled as this collection, and range from early PlayStation One to Nintendo 64, and the audio is just as bad if not worse.
Again, if Skunk Software is being serious, I hope they use this as constructive criticism and make their next title actually fun and playable, which is sadly not the case for Mini-Games Madness Volume One: Hello World. Terrible, poorly made mini-games that look like they were made from ancient game creator templates combined with a scary main menu screen that gives the recently cancelled Silent Hills a run for it’s money, doesn’t do this title any favors. You’ll want to steer clear of this and find something else in the Nintendo eShop for $5 instead.