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M.U.L.E. Returns
by Harry Slater 4/12/2013
Product: M.U.L.E. Returns
Publisher: Comma 8 Studios
Format: iPhone, iPad
Genre: Simulation, Strategy
Players: 1
Version: Europe
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M.U.L.E. Returns is a prime example of why revisiting the past isn't always the best idea.

It's a clumsy port of a not-particularly-inspiring strategy game that shows its age in every creaking joint and painful loading screen.

This might be the game that defined a genre, but that genre has moved so much further on from its starting point that revisiting it was always going to expose its flaws.

Even with its new lick of paint, M.U.L.E. Returns feels outdated, with sloppy touch controls and far-from-impressive backdrops.

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A tired-feeling game in a sloppy new set of clothes, M.U.L.E. Returns is difficult to love
Audio/visual: 5
Gameplay: 5
Value: 6
Innovation: 4
Overall: 5
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