M&M's video games
Since 2000, there have been six officially licenced M&M's video games. The first of these games is entitled "The Lost Formula," shortly followed in the same year by "Minis Madness," "Shell Shocked" in 2001, "Kart Racing", "Break Em'" both in 2008, and "Beach Party" in 2009.
|M&M's: The Lost Formulas||2000||PC|
|M&M's: Minis Madness||2000||Game Boy Color|
|M&M's: Shell Shocked||2001 (America), 2002 (Europe)||PlayStation|
|M&M's Break' Em||2007||Nintendo DS|
|M&M's Kart Racing||2008||Wii, Nintendo DS|
|M&M's Beach Party||2009||Wii|
M&M's: The Lost Formulas
M&M's: The Lost Formulas is the first M&M's video game and was released on September 28, 2000 for computers such as Windows 95, Windows 98, and Macintosh by Simon & Schuster Interactive. It is a Crash Bandicoot style game, and also is optionally a game which teaches maths.
Yellow is the only playable character. There are three zones on each levels, the start zone, math zone, and the end zone. Math zone is simply start/end zone only with math problems, with difficulty of the problems slightly progressing as the levels grow higher . The game has a total of 8 levels.
The game was criticised for being based on a candy product, and for being incredibly similar in gameplay to Crash Bandicoot in adventure mode. Its "Math Mode" was praised for having fun features, but not so much having problems as much as having math facts. It was also criticised for being too easy on higher difficulties. However, critics did praise the high-quality graphics and controls of the game.
M&M's: Minis Madness
M&M's: Minis Madness is a game for the Game Boy Color released in late 2000 for American markets. It was rated 6 out of 10 by Nintendo Power.
M&M's: Shell Shocked
M&M's: Shell Shocked was released on September 30, 2001 for American markets by Simon & Schuster Interactive. A 3D platformer game, players control Yellow M&M's in an effort to escape from their miniature counterparts (M&M minis), however red and green M&M's also make an appearance. On July 20, 2002 the game was released in Europe by JoWood Productions. This game is very similar to M&M's: The Lost Formulas except there is not a Math Zone and the name was changed. Fans of the M&M series were delighted when it was announced David Gest would be providing the voice of Red, he was quoted as saying 'I am so proud of providing the voice of such an iconic character, I phoned Micheal up as soon as I got the news and he was obviously delighted.'
M&M's Kart Racing
M&M's Kart Racing is a video game of the racing genre for the Nintendo DS and Wii video game consoles based on the M&M's license and developed by Frontline Studios. The game allows players to play one of M&M's characters in 12 race environments. It is the first and so far only M&M's racing game.
M&M's Kart Racing was critically panned upon release. GameSpot gave this game 2/10, saying "This truly horrible racing game could put you off M&M's for life". GameRankings.com gave this game 22.5%, with the game's nearest "rival" being Shrek Swamp Kart Speedway with 24.4%. This game was given the "Flat-Out Worst Game" award in the 2008 GameSpot video game awards. IGN was a little more forgiving, but not too much, giving the DS version 3/10 and the Wii version 2.5/10.
M&M's Beach Party
M&M's Beach Party is a party game released for Wii on March 11, 2009. In the game, you compete with M&M's in 6 beach sports: Kayak Race, Volleyball, Mr. Runch Slam, Skeeball Race, Ring Toss, and Colornator.