''When most people think of Nintendo's phenomenally successful motion sensing console, games like Wii Sports, Wii Fit and Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games spring to mind. Games like Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars, the upcoming 3D action puzzler by little known US studio Red Fly, does not. We're here to try and change that.
We're in publisher Gamecock Media Group's London HQ to take Mushroom Men on Wii for a spin, and we're loving it. Mushroom Men is barmy and enchanting all at the same time. Its basic premise - a comet crashes to earth spreading a green toxic dust around the countryside creating a race of three-inch high mushroom men who all start knocking lumps out of each other - sounds like a Saturday morning cartoon crossed with a 50s sci-fi flick. Its main character, Pax, a mushroom man with psychic powers who looks like a younger version of the old ninja bloke from classic anime Ninja Scroll, isn't exactly text book video game character design. Its soundtrack, by electric bass master Les Claypool, might steal the whole show. And its art design, kind of like indie-darling Psychonauts set in a garden shed, is one of the loveliest we've seen on the console to date.''