MouseCraft Review (PS4)

MouseCraft

This game has been in my backlog since it was free for PS+, which was probably a long time because I have no idea when I actually added it to my library only that I did it before the end of last year. Anyway, after finishing Super Exploding Zoo! which was also in my backlog, you can read my full review here, I figured I might was well pull another game from my backlog and start on that one as well. Keep reading to see what I thought of MouseCraft.

MouseCraft is a little puzzle game where you have to lead three little mice through different obstacles in order to get to a piece of cheese. This experiment is being done by this crazy cat who has an overall purpose for this experiment. The machine that he’s building is a mysterious one, but you’ll find out what the cat is using these mice for by the end of the game. A cross between Tetris and Lemmings, this game will have you playing for hours as you try to figure out how to complete each individual puzzle.

I really enjoyed this game. I didn’t think that I would, but I did. The puzzles were challenging, the basis of the game was a little bare bones, but it was mostly about the puzzles. I thought the premise of having a game that mixed Tetris and Lemmings was a pretty brilliant one and really worked for the overall game. There were 80 different levels to complete and this was no easy task. While some of the levels were easy to complete, there were other levels that were just mind boggling and took some time to figure out.

The overall gameplay was pretty simple and easy to get used to in the earlier levels. Once you had your pieces in order it was easy to speed up the game in order to get your mice where they had to go. As the game progressed, things got a little harder as you had to pause and move your blocks around hoping that you accidently didn’t drop a block on one of your mice in order to finish the level. Once you had a few go arounds with that though, it became easy to manage. I also loved the fact that this game was glitch free. This is rare and lately I’ve been finding more and more of these smaller games are completely glitch free and this is a good thing.

I liked the graphics as they were a mix of 3D and 2D. In each level you can see the crazy little cat operating the experiment and in the front you can see the mice as they move and the pieces as they are placed. It made for an interesting combination of what was going around in the background and what was going on in the front. The graphics were nicely done and were detailed.

There are a total of 12 really easy trophies for this game and all you have to do is play the game from start to finish. Completing all 80 levels with a perfect rating will probably be the hardest trophy, but my suggestion is to just play through the game normally because most likely you’ll get a perfect rating on more than 75% of the levels and then go back and use a guide in order to finish everything up.

There is no multiplayer for this game. Thank you Crunching Koalas for not adding a multiplayer feature for this game because it made it that much more enjoyable.

Overall I give this game a 4 out of 5.

What’s Great:

+ 80 different puzzles for you to try to solve. Each of them range from easy to hard to super hard.
+ Easy gameplay that isn’t to difficult to understand or get used to.
+ This game is glitch free and it’s kind of rare to find that these days so it’s always a good thing.
+ Cool graphics that only enhance the overall gameplay experience.

What’s Not So Great:

Bare bones story, but the game is really about the puzzles.
No replay value.

Overall I had a really great time playing this game and what was cool about it was that you could play this game in an afternoon if you wanted to. If you’re a fan of puzzle games and enjoy a challenge I would say that this game is for you and can’t be missed. Even if you didn’t pick it up when it was free for PS+, the $9.99 price tag isn’t a bad one. The only downside is that once you’re done and you’ve gotten all the trophies there really isn’t a replay value, but you will have fun while you’re playing.

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This Week in Trophies 06-04-207 – 06-10-2017

After a few lackluster weeks, I really felt like I had to amp it up with the trophy hunting because there are a bunch of games in my backlog and I really want to finish them up and move on. Anyway, I feel like I did a good job. Not dragging this out, let’s see what trophies I actually did get this week.

MouseCraft – 100%

I took most of the day last Sunday to finish this game up and had a really great time doing so. Like always, I’ll have my full review posted within the next couple of weeks to let you know what I really thought about the game.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider – 11%

I started this game this week after a big debate of if I was going to play this game or Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. So far, I think it’s ok. It’s not the greatest Tomb Raider game, but it’s not the worst either. I’m still not far enough into it to actually judge it, but I am playing it when I can.

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Abzu – 15%

I also started playing this game this week because I like having those smaller games to play along with the big games since I’m never sure how much time I’m going to have to game. Anyway, I’m kind of liking this under water Journey like game even though the controls are a little tricky and at the moment I’m not sure what the whole point of the game is.

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And that was it for this week. Not bad trophy wise, and I did get a lot of game play in so I’m a happy camper. This upcoming week, I plan on finishing Abzu as well as continuing my journey with Rise of the Tomb Raider in order to see where that leads me. Going off topic for a moment, I didn’t realize that Rise of the Tomb Raider has 125 trophies. Seriously? That’s a lot of trophies. Anyway, I’ll probably also be starting Killing Floor 2 because Matt @TheAlbumWeb has told me how absolutely wonderful this game is despite the fact that the trailer looks like crap. I’ll let you know next week if Matt was right about Killing Floor 2 and what other trophies I was able to get.

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This Week in Trophies 05-28-2017 – 06-03-2017

After a week break of not even turning on my PS4, I finally got the chance this week to sit down and play some games. This was super surprising since I was extremely busy the whole week. Who knew that after a convention things would be so busy with everything to post, video’s to edit, and the fact that I had to work most of the week. Anyway enough of that, I have to mention that not only did I get to game this week but I also got two platinum trophies. Keep reading to see what they were for.

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – 100%

The last episode for this game came out on Tuesday and I didn’t get a chance to play it until yesterday. It was really the only day that I had that much time to game. Anyway, I finished it in one sitting and will have the full review for the episode up this Wednesday.

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Super Exploding Zoo! – 100%

Not only did I start this game this week, but I also finished it and was able to get the platinum trophy for the game. I did this while doing all those other things that I had mentioned in the opening of this blog which wasn’t half that bad. Anyway, you’ll be seeing my full review for this game within the next couple of weeks.

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MouseCraft – 5%

To end my week, I decided to play MouseCraft which has been sitting in my Library for a while now and I just figured what the hell. I finished one puzzle game, what’s another puzzle game. So far I’m liking the game and am about ¼ way through it.

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That was it for this week. For not having much time to game, I think it was pretty active and at least I was able to rack up two whole platinum trophies. Not bad at all. Now for the upcoming week, I plan on finishing up MouseCraft and I plan on starting a new game. I’m not sure what it’s going to be and I’m kind of torn between playing Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Abzu. While I might be able to fit in Abzu since it’s a small game, the other two I’m not sure of. Let me know in the comments section which you think I should start and I’ll let you know how things went next week.

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