Attack of the Mutant Penguins was developed by Sunrise Games and released on the Atari Jaguar in 1995. A PC MS-DOS version followed a year later, in 1996.
Attack of the Mutant Penguins is basically a ‘tower defence’ game at its core, with action, puzzle, platform and real-time strategy elements all mixed together into one rather colourful and cartoony-looking game.
Two players can play the game simultaneously, or one player can go it alone. The aim being: to kill the mutant (and alien) penguins before they reach the ‘Doomscale’ – a weighing scale type device that can activate a doomsday weapon that the aliens have brought with them to dominate the Earth.
There are 20 stages of play in the Jaguar version (30 in the DOS version), each with a different theme. There is also an ‘endless’ mode, called “Pandemonium”, in which enemies re-spawn infinitely, until the Doomscale is eventually activated.
Attack of the Mutant Penguins is one of the better Atari Jaguar releases, but is really only an ‘okay’ game in the grand scheme of things. Which unfortunately indicates just how poor most Atari Jaguar releases were.