Manic Mimic is a free adventure game for Windows, developed by BellyBelting. In this dungeon-themed game, you assume the character of a strange creature resembling a voluptuous woman with tentacles to fend off enemies and get loot.
While some adventure games like Grand Chase or Dizzy The Adventurer follow a side-scrolling map, in this case, you have a top-down view of the action, more akin to the perspective in Asteroids rather than that in Super Mario Bros. Graphics are almost non-existent. This game looks straight out of the 8-bit era, with 2D sprites that nevertheless actually look okay. However, that’s all there is to it.
As basic as it gets
Manic Mimic is super simple. You start in the middle of the screen and try to get coins while defending yourself from the many monsters that come after you. You do this by using your tentacles as your main weapon.
There are no hidden schemes and no extra gameplay elements other than being able to purchase power-ups with your coins. Some are hilarious, such as gaining the ‘Lipo Ability’, while others are pretty self-descriptive like a speed increase. There are no landscapes, no walls or floors, save for the occasional lighter patch.
Simple but addictive
Even with its shortcomings, Manic Mimic manages to be highly addictive. It’s like playing a hyped-up version of Pacman without the walls. However, unlike Pacman, you have no choice but to attack.
The premise is humorous enough, and its quirkiness gives the game a lot of charm. Wizards that become obese or thin, Fireball-throwing wizards, and the fact that some enemies are to be killed while others are there for you to eat all make it a very interesting title.
Great for uncomplicated gaming
If you don’t expect to marvel over polished gameplay, great graphics or an exciting story, this is a great title to spend some time with. It does what it sets out to do. Much like arcade-style games of the 80s, you’re thrown in there to get as many points as possible, dealing with whatever you’re confronted with.
The enemies are varied enough, as well as their attacks and abilities. The pixelated power-ups you can get also add interesting in-game effects. Anyone looking for the ‘fun’ factor when playing quirky video games will definitely enjoy Manic Mimic for hours on end.