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Mischief Makers n64 Game Reviews
Mischief Makers
Critic Score
Metascore: 70 Metascore out of 100
User Score  
10.0 out of 10
based on 8 reviews
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Mischief Makers chronicles the adventures of Marina Liteyears, an "Ultra-InterGalactic-Cybot G" who accompanies her inventor, Prof. Theo, from earth to research the mysterious Planet Clancer. When a gang of Clancers kidnaps the hapless prof, Marina sets off in hot pursuit. Mischief Makers unfolds across five sprawling stages, each gorgeously rendered with a brilliant palette of colors. The lush surroundings of the tutorial stages soon give way to dusty desert, a volcano, a sinister fortress flooded with lava lakes, snowy mountains, twisting caves and more! As she explores the Clancers' world, Marina gradually realizes that the stakes are far higher than the rescue of a single scientist. She finds herself drawn into a desperate bid by freedom-loving Clancers to battle sinister forces bent on conquering the planet. Along the way, Marina encounters numerous friendly and not-so-friendly Clancers and finds herself called upon to rescue wayward Clancer children or battle one of the many weird beasts and bosses that seem to sprout from Clancer soil like wild mushrooms. There's even an Athletic Contest, complete with sprinting, jumping and a math contest! [Nintendo]

GENRE(S): Action, Platform
ESRB RATING: K-A (Kids to Adult)
RELEASE DATE: September 1, 1997

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Each level roughly sticks to the staple patformer diet of grass, ice , sand ,etc. But the foreground settings are brilliantly imaginative - a bizzare, alien theme park , an underground shrine , a military base - and really improve the more sedate sections of the game,i.e jumping , talking,etc. It certainly makes a refreshing change from Banjo's desert/ice/grass worlds.
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The great thing about Mischief Makers is that it keeps you guessing. There's no fixed pattern to the levels, for example; bosses pop up all over the place and one minute you could be running for your life from a volcanic eruption, the next be free-falling down a seemingly-bottomless pit.
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Gaming Age
Anyone who's played Treasure's previous games knows that they're one of the best at what they do. Mischief Makers, while maybe not their best effort, is certainly proof of this. If you're a Treasure fan, or an N64 owner that's sick of Doom clones, Mischief Makers is the game for you.
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It's fun, it actually last a while to completely beat the game, and it's one of the only 2D games for the N64. It's not Treasure's greatest accomplishment, but it's still something they should be proud of, and a great game to add to anyones collection.
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All Game Guide
One level has you finding kids and returning them to their parents. Another level might just be a race to the end. Yet another level could extend vertically rather than horizontally. Another level has you participating in a festival. This sheer variety keeps the game frantic, fun, and exciting.
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For what it is, MM is a solid title, but the terseness of the game and the limited graphics and sound make evident that it could have been so much more, transcending the decent game it is now to become a truly excellent one.
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Mischief Makers does not test the graphic prowess of the 64-bit system and probably won't break any new grounds in terms of 2D adventure platforms, but all the same, it is a welcomed addition for fans of the genre, and certainly Treasure fanatics worldwide will love it.
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Electric Playground
I can see that Treasure and Enix attempted to put something new into platform gaming with this game. In many ways they have succeeded. What Mischief Makers lacks is the instant pick up and play familiarity that makes people comfortable with a game. From what I've seen, this title just doesn't speak to a majority of the population. It's certainly a niche market game.
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What Our Users Said

Vote Now! The average user rating for this game is 10.0 (out of 10) based on 7 User Votes
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Evan gave it a10:
The game, while it does have 2D graphics, is still one of the best games for the N64. i hope Treasure and Square-Enix can make a sequel.

Aaron F. gave it a10:
This is another game that I grew up with and will always play and anybody that doesn't like this game must be a diehard nintendo hater.

Travis k gave it a10:
Pft. i don't know. i just like it.

Joey P. gave it a10:
I first played this game when I was only nine years old, and I loved it! I remeber staying up for hours just trying to beat obe level... and you know what? I love any game that keeps me up all night. But sadly, I only rented it... and it's gone now... But i'm buyin' it online, now! And I should have it in two weeks! Anyway, if you own a Nintendo, get this. If you like side-scrollers, get this. If you have a brain in your head, get this! anyway, that's about all I have to say. Thanks for listeining, good bye!

Xesh M. gave it a 10:
I absolutely loved this game. Every second of it was pure bliss. I was 10 when i got it. Now i'm 17 and i cry myself to sleep knowing i sold it for 10$..Please come back Marina! I'm sorry!!!

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