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By Pedro "Pap" Hernandez


January 15, 2019  (originally published September 10, 2013)

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights: My Muppet Show

Developed by: Disney Interactive

Systems: iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod Touch (3G, 4G, 5G) and iPad iOS 4.3 or later

The sad truth is that despite the worldwide popularity of the Muppets, now under the Disney family, video game adaptations of the various Muppet films and TV series have been few and far between, and many of them have been hailed as some of the worst games ever made. The question is: why? Why can developers turn the Marvel, Star Wars and Mickey Mouse franchises into fun and great games, yet struggle with the Muppets? My theory is that with the Muppets being all about the wit, humor and music, it makes it hard to take the characters and turn them into video game stars. That mentality, however, may have been crushed forever with the release of My Muppet Show for various mobile devices.

The Muppets are all about putting on a show. Even if the Muppets had starred as literary characters, crime investigators or Broadway stars, at the end of the day the Muppets are about giving us the greatest show they can ever muster, My Muppet Shows sets out to recreate that Muppet ideal into a digital time waster. This being a mobile device game, the focus is to provide gameplay that can be easily accessible at any moment, yet provide the player with enough challenge to have him/her come back to it.

My Muppets Show

In My Muppet Show, the objective is to create the best show possible. This is done by assembling a band on the stage. Each performer does a special melody that can be mixed with other Muppet specialties to create a song. The better the combination is, the more effective the final performance is going to be. The challenge lies in how well you mix and match these characters and if the end results are stunning.

My Muppets Show

The curious thing about My Muppet Show is that while the original cast of characters do make an appearance, a lot of the time will be spent playing around with brand new Muppet characters that make their debut in this game. This is where part of the challenge comes in. In order to unlock some of the classic Muppet characters as performers in this show, you must meet certain requirements within a show in order to unlock them. Some characters are fairly easy to others, while other require more thinking to get them to appear.

This essentially turns My Muppet Show into a bit of a puzzler where you try to figure out the best way to create a melody and unlock the rewards the game offers. Some of the best mobile games offer that kind of challenge, one where anyone, regardless of gaming background, can pick it up and enjoy at their pace. In addition to the gameplay, players are also treated to fun story segments where you see the mayhem that goes on behind the scenes while the Muppets put on a show in the stage.

My Muppets Show

In terms of visual presentation, My Muppet Show is one of those games where its goal is to show elements that are recognizable to the player, not create the most visually stunning game. The character design of both the classic characters and the new characters shine through in both their recognizable factor as well as fun personas. The real star of the package is the audio. Each character has their own distinctive sound that helps the player experiment with the musical performance. The best combination can lead to a pleasing rendition of a song, which in turn can be delightful for the player to listen to.

Despite the tumultuous relationship the Muppets has had with video games in the past few years, My Muppet Show seems to be like a step in the right direction. It does not mess around with the ideology of the Muppets, instead it celebrates it with very unique gameplay that uses sound to its advantage. It presence as a mobile device game allows it to be accessible and fun without requiring lots of commitment, yet challenging enough to keep players interest beyond their first play through. So my guess is that my final judgment on the game is..

My Muppets Show

Past Gamer Tuesday

Animated film based games
Aladdin (SEGA)
Alice in Wonderland
Alice's Paint Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Board Game

Beauty and the Beast - two games
Beauty and the Beast: A Board Game Adventure
Beauty and the Beast Computer Game 
A Bug's Life
Cars: The Video Game

Cars Game Reviews
Cinderella's Midnight Dash
Disney Friends
Disney Friends - The Friends of Disney Friends
Finding Nemo Games

Jungle Book, The
Lion King, The
The Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid II: Pinball Frenzy

Tangled, the Video Game
Tigger's Honey Hunt
Toy Story

Live Action film based games
102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue
Disney's A Christmas Carol
LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
Muppets Cruise Party

My Muppets Show
Prince of Persia
Roger Rabbit

Mickey and Friends
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse HD Remake
Disney Golf
Disney Magicboard Online
Disney Sports Soccer

Disney Super Speedway
Donald Duck
Donald Duck: Goin' Quakers
Epic Mickey
Epic Mickey 2: Power of 2

Goofy's Hysterical History Tour
Lucky Dime Caper, The
Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse
Magical Tetris Challenge
Maui Mallard in Cold Shadow

Mickey Mania: The Timeless Adventures of Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mousecapade
Mickey Mouse Magic Wands
Mickey's 123's: The Big Surprise Party
Mickey's Dangerous Chase
Mickey's Great Adventure in Tokyo Disneyland

Mickey's Speedway USA
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Where's My Mickey?

The Kingdom Hearts Retrospective
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10

Part 11
Part 12

Fun Finds
Diddy Kong Racing
Rayman 3
Sonic Colors

101  Dalmatians in Kingdom Hearts
2013 recap
Some of the Bravest Disney Characters
Carousel of Gaming Progress
Christmas list
The D Show
Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Grooves

Dance Dance Revolution: Disney Mix
Darkwing Duck: Remastered
Disney DVD games
Disney Fighting Game that was never made
Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity: Frozen
Disney Infinity: Holiday Guide
Disney Infinity: Play Set Wish List
Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life

Disney Princess
Disney Villains Revenge
Disney's Extreme Skate Adventure
Disney's Game and Watch
Disney's Sing It Family Hits

Disney's Th!nk Fast
Easter Egg in Kinect Disneyland Adventure
Epcot's Innoventions
Fantasia: Music Evolved
Future of Star Wars Gaming and LucasArts

Game Guide for 2012
Guilty Party
Hidden Levels of Mickey's Speedway USA
How the Pap saved Christmas
Just Dance Disney Party

Kingdom Hearts III announcement
Kingdom Hearts III Dream Summons Predictions
Kingdom Hearts III prediction
Kingdom Hearts III live action predictions
Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep
Lady and the Tramp appearance
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
Love Scenes in Video Games

Marvel Super Heroes (Arcade Game)
Mickey Mouse games released during Presidential terms
Monsters, Inc. Scream Arena Introduction
Nightmare Before Christmas Appearances
Pico Games

Pop Century's History of Video Games
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Fighting Game from Runaway Brain
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
Steamboat Willie through the years
Summer Games

Tiger Handheld Games
Video Game References found within the parks
Where's My Water?
Wizard of Oz: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road
Wreck-It-Ralph Trailer Analysis
Wreck-It Ralph Trailer Analysis Part 2

Wreck-It Ralph Meet and Greet queue
Wreck-It Ralph's appearance in All-Stars Racing Transformed

Park themed games
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom
Adventures at the Magic Kingdom clarification
Adventure of Tokyo DisneySea
Disneyland Explorer

Disney Fireworks
Disney TokyoSea snack appearance
Finding Fantasyland
Kinect Disneyland Adventures
Magic Kingdom Board Game

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom: Tortuga Tavern
Toontown Online
Toy Story Mania!
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour
Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour - Looking back after a year

Pap's Picks
E3 Highlights
The Marvel Connection
Top 5 Weird Games
Top Marvel and Disney super hero games

Television Based Games
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers
Darkwing Duck

DuckTales: Remastered
Goof Troop

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