Gaming Nexus writes: "The holiday season is the game industry's busiest time, when all of the epic sequels and big name franchises come out to jockey for Christmas cash. Amid the Gears of War, Little Big Planets and Nintendo's accessible but shallow offerings, you might be lucky enough to find a few unique games that are just striking out on their own. Mushroom Men is just such a game, a new franchise premiered by Red Fly studios. Red Fly released two games this holiday for a simultaneous release on the Wii and DS. I already tried out the Wii game, subtitled The Spore Wars, and found that it was an above average platformer that managed to be better than the sum of its parts.
The DS game, Rise of the Fungi, follows a prequel story of sorts, and also a completely different gameplay mechanic. At its core it is an action platformer, but the design tries to cover too many play styles for its own good."