If you were one of the lucky ones who had a Sega Genesis growing up, you probably know about the ultraviolent and hilarious 1993 game Mutant League Football. This gory take on the standard football games of the time was so well received, it spawned a whole line of toys, a cartoon, a comic, and a spinoff game for those who prefer their monsters smashing skulls in a game of hockey. In an era where sports titles reigned supreme, it was a subversive, satirical and supremely fun twist on the traditional formula. Then, like that, it disappeared into the ether.
If you happen to be one of the many loyal fans of Mutant League Football, rejoice: the original creator is back and crowdsourcing a brand new game: the similarly-named Mutant Football League. Michael Mendheim has assembled a rock star team of artists, game designers, writers and other creative types to breathe new life into the once (un)dead game. This crack team includes, but is not limited to, comic book illustrator Dave Elliot (of Redwall fame), game studio Robomodo (Big League Sports: Kinect), and potentially even you. One of the very cool perks for this Kickstarter is that if you donate the right funds, you can be immortalized in the new game as an in-game character with your own voiced-over catch phrase and even the chance to design plays for both offense and defense.
According to the Kickstarter page, players will be able to go up against their friends or on their own in single games, play-offs, and full seasons. Sports-averse gamers (I know you’re out there), fear not: this is looking to be a lot more than your standard football game. With the addition of obstacles, weapons, hazards and “dirty trick plays,” the new Mutant Football League is sure to be a crowd pleaser for both football fans and monster enthusiasts, and bridge the gap between the two.
Are you digging the idea of a Mutant League Football revival? Head on over to the Kickstarter page to find out all the details and perks, and be sure to quemment or tweet about why you’re looking forward to the game getting made!