X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse is an action game developed and published by Capcom for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1994. The game is based on the X-Men comic book franchise from Marvel Comics. In addition to being one of Capcom's earliest games using the Marvel license, Mutant Apocalypse was the second game Capcom released based on the X-Men franchise, the first being a fighting game titled X-Men: Children of the Atom, also released in 1994. The game is also considered an early CPS2 based game.
The player takes control of five X-Men who each have their own objectives, and different moves and capabilities activated by certain control combinations. The player has a limited number of lives that count for all five X-Men and not one individually.
The levels may be played in any order. At the end of each level, a boss must be battled and defeated. The next three levels are linear and require each boss level to be defeated. This is followed by two straightforward boss battles in the Danger Room. Finally only one of the X-Men can be selected, each one going through a different end level.
|Cyclops||Has the ability to release a very powerful optic blast from his eyes.|
|Wolverine||Has his sharp unbreakable adamantium claws.|
|Psylocke||She has the ability to control telekinetic powers. She is also very skilled at doing martial arts.|
|Beast||Possesses super human strength and agility.|
|Gambit||Can charge small objects with unstable kinetic energy.|
"Mutants are humans possessing incredible powers as a result of genetic mutation. Persecuted by their fellow man for being ...different.. In order to teach mutants to use their powers for the benefit of all, even those who hunted and feared them, Professor Charles Xavier created the X-Men. His ultimate goal: is to create a world where both humans and mutants can live together in peace. Genosha is a little known island where mutants are imprisoned, forced into labor by a brutal army and robot sentinels. There is one evil being whose evil mind has other, far more sinister plans in mind for those captured mutants of Genosha... the monstrous entity known as Apocalypse. X-Men, you must depart for Genosha and free our fellow mutants! Good luck."
Though no in-game credits exist for this game, the album Remastered Tracks Rockman Zero reveals that the game's soundtrack was handled by Setsuo Yamamoto and sound effects were done by Ippo Yamada in their respective profile sections.
Three of Electronic Gaming Monthly's four reviewers declared it to be by far the best video game based on the X-Men to date, citing the large levels and demanding difficulty. Though they remarked that it "may become repetitive after a while", GamePro concluded that the game is "a solid hit," particularly praising the graphics, the high difficulty, and the Street Fighter II stylistics. In a 2011 retrospective, GamePro listed the game's "strong soundtrack, unlimited powers and a focus on combat rather than platforming," as well as the fact that the levels can be beaten in any order, among its strong features, but criticised a "fairly limited" moveset of the characters. According to a GameFan retrospective, "fans of the franchise and of the genre it represents here will be equally impressed with what is on offer." They specified the impressive visuals, tight gameplay, and perfectly balanced difficulty. In 2013, Nerdist included X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse among the top ten most iconic Marvel video games, calling it "extraordinary for its time, with beautiful visuals and far more accessible game play than its Sega Genesis counterpart." That same year, this "pretty damn good" side-scrolling action game was also ranked as the 20th best Marvel video game by Geek Magazine.
- ↑ "Review Crew: X-Men". Electronic Gaming Monthly (66). EGM Media, LLC. January 1995. p. 38.
- ↑ "X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse". GamePro (67). IDG. February 1995. pp. 28–29.
- ↑ https://web.archive.org/web/20111015082509/http://www.gamepro.com/article/features/223529/the-good-the-bad-and-the-juggernaut-bitch-a-look-at-x-men-games/
- ↑ https://web.archive.org/web/20131124140219/http://gamefanmag.com/gf-retro/best-bits-x-men-mutant-apocalypse
- ↑ http://nerdist.com/top-ten-most-iconic-marvel-video-games/
- ↑ https://web.archive.org/web/20131027080355/http://www.geekexchange.com/marvel-comics-25-best-video-games-88263.html