Day 94: Mama & Son – Clean House

Posted: 2011/02/11 in Indie Games

I’m purchasing an Xbox Live Indie Game every day, seeking out the quality titles that got lost in the shuffle and no longer appear in the top 50 downloads. Today is day #94, and today’s game is “Mama & Son – Clean House”.

This game is one of those unique concepts that could be goofy or could be excellent, or both. This one ends up being mostly excellent, and is a heck of a lot of fun for a mere 80 Microsoft Points.

This game blends together the shooting aspect of a game like SNK’s Metal Slug with the arena-esque mechanics of the original Mario Bros. game (before scrolling was added to the game and “Super” was added to the title) or Bubble Bobble. Add in a healthy dash of swapping control back and forth between two characters like in a game such as Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee, and you have Mama & Son – Clean House.

Some review, such as the one linked below, have argued that this game is better when played co-op. I’m not sure I agree, I liked the challenge of having to swap back and forth between two characters, something I had also enjoyed a great deal in Munch’s Oddysee so perhaps I’m biased (OK, when it comes to the fabulous Munch’s Oddysee, I’m definitely biased).

In Mama & Son, a character named “Really Shooter” fights off kangaroos, Metal Slug style. But your mother is along for the ride, and her job is to sweep up the shell casing and other detritus of battle into recycle bins that, when full enough, spit out an ammo reload. Really Shooter has unlimited lives, but his Mama has just one and he has to keep her safe at all costs.

Simple pick-up-and-play controls, smooth animation, and a great price make this a must buy.

For a second opinion, check out Kobun’s review of Mama & Son – Clean House.

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