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Release year: 1994 | Players: 1 player | Developed by Capcom

X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse (SNES)

X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse (AKA…) is a 2D side-scrolling platform / beat ’em up video game developed by Capcom for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). It is considered one of the best X-Men games ever!

X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse is an obscure X-men title that was released for the SNES back when the X-Men animated series was at its prime. Players played as members of Professor Charles Xavier’s Blue Team.

Each member of the team had their own unique skills and moves that could be executed by using inputs commonly used in Capcom’s Street Fighter 2. This isn’t really surprising considering how this was after all developed by Capcom in the first place.

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The overall level design of the game was excellent. There were a lot of background pieces that made references to things from the animated series such as the Sentinels. Each level was different and presented a unique challenge for each member of Blue Team.

The character animations were top notch. Capcom spent a tremendous amount of attention to detail in developing each character of X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse for Super Nintendo. The characters look like they do in the animated series from which the game was inspired.

One of the game’s best features is that it allowed players to use the mutant powers as much as they want so long as they made the right input. This was unique for its time since other games had power meters that severely limited the players in using their character’s mutant powers. In a way, X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse rewarded players for being able to consistently input the right commands.

Character design was excellent since no two mutants played the same way. That said, one major issue among the game’s roster is that Wolverine had no real mutant powers to speak off. To be sure, he had special moves like a spinning uppercut or a dashing strike, but he did not possess his trademark healing power in this game.

Sound was excellent. The overall soundtrack for the game is reminiscent of the same kind of tunes one would expect from a Mega Man X series. That fast paced rock guitar tune was used to great effect given how fast fights went in X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse.

Usually, games that rely on the source title’s popularity to sell never amount to anything more than a shameless cash grab. Thankfully, X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse is a solid game and is one of the more memorable side scrolling beat em ups for the SNES that does justice to members of Blue Team.

X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse - Super Nintendo (SNES)
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