Review: Men’s Room Mayhem (PSV)

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Title: Men’s Room Mayhem
Format: PlayStation Network Download (223 MB)
Release Date: May 21, 2013
Publisher: Ripstone Publishing
Developer: Sawfly Studios
Price: $1.99 (US), €2.49 (EU), £1.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: T
PEGI: 7+
Men’s Room Mayhem is also available on iOS and Android.
The PlayStation Vita version was used for this review.

For all the years I’ve been gaming, not once did I think I’d be playing a one based on ‘spending a penny’. Some of you may not be familiar with the idiom, it was the cost of using a public toilet in Britain at The Great Exhibition of 1851. But it’s 2013 and here I am, sat on my sofa guiding people around a men’s room before they have an accident.

Gameplay:
You play as the janitor guiding your patrons around to the urinals, toilet cubicles and sinks. Just like in real life, if they touch each other a fight will break out and you forfeit their points, it also adds to the mayhem meter. If they don’t make it to a toilet or urinal then you’ll have a mess to clean up at the end of each wave and it also adds to the mayhem meter. This meter has five spaces, they all get filled then any more accidents and it’s game over.

image003Men’s Room Mayhem is built round using the touch screen and is basically a line drawing game. You use your finger to touch a person and draw a line which they’ll follow. You get points for getting them to the correct sanitation fixture and out the door, with bonuses along they for a near miss with another patron, close calls and washing their hands. A multiplier is awarded for having more people in the room at the same time.

Each game is made up of waves which last about a minute and get progressively harder. At the end of a wave is your chance to clean up, scrubbing the blood from fights and any accidents remove them from your mayhem meter and then you have any remaining time to clean the room for bonus points.

It’s a simple premise with easy controls which makes it easy to pick up and play by almost anyone. Each character moves at a different pace which means timing is key to success, there are also special characters which add to the mix. I like the hippie who stops and listens to the music, forgetting what he was supposed to be doing, silly hippie.

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There are trophies in this game, but no platinum; some of these trophies are obtained by completing objectives during the game, like survive three waves without a single fight. All of the objectives add to the longevity of this little game which is best played in quick bursts. There are online leader boards but not a big focus on them.

Visuals:
There are five locations from country pub to night club and they all look good; well as good as a men’s room could get. Locations and characters are cute and simple but I would have liked a little more variety, but you never know, that could come in the form of DLC? There are some nice little touches but yet one thing which frustrates me is there are no reflections of any character, so unless they’re all vampires it’s a strange omission.

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Audio:
For a small downloadable title the audio is surprisingly good quality, nothing that you’d find me whistling later that day but good for this game.

Online/Multiplayer:
This game is single player only.

Conclusion:
I’ve had this game for awhile now and enjoyed it a lot, there is something strangely addictive about guiding people around a men’s room. A greater emphasis on score chasing would have been nice. While it’s not a big game I did feel like I got my money’s worth. It’s a good little distraction and a novel idea which could have easily been ruined by a high price point. Spending a penny (or 199 of them) on this one is a good idea in my book.

Score: 
8.0

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Vita’s built in screen capture feature.

Written by Chazz Harrington

Chazz Harrington

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