Mutant Football League Review: Bringing the biff back
Mutant Football League is a glorious return to arcade football with just a few rough edges.
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Years before they locked up the NFL license, EA wasn't afraid to play around with its Madden football engine, creating the offshoot Mutant League Football all the way back in 1993. If you remember it fondly, then congratulations. You're just as old as I am.
Mutant League Football was notable in that it took the Madden engine (or John Madden Football as it was in those days) and applied it to a fantasy/sci-fi setting with violence set to maximum and most of the extraneous rules around football thrown to the ground and stomped on with a big spiky boot. A spinoff Ice Hockey title and truly odd cartoon pilot were produced, and then EA went very quiet indeed on the Mutant League front, aside from a direct release of the first game on, of all things, the PSP as part of a retro compilation.
Mutant Football League is Mutant League Football's spiritual successor, headed up by the designer of the original game, although with none of EA's trademarked character names or insignias. It was a successful kickstarter earlier in the year and is now available on early access via Steam, with console versions planned for 2018.
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