Professor Mariarti features five whacky laboratories ranging from a biological lab to futuristic space rocket development. However, as a result of some dodgy experiment going mental, everything within has strangely come to life and taken over. To make matters worse, these creatures aren't in the best mood and have also grown body parts, like eyes and legs. I think we better fix this problem and clear out the various labs before it drives the Professor potty!
This is a retro-themed platformer which first appears a typical run and jump game but there is actually an integrated puzzle element to Mariarti's world that cannot be ignored. There are four levels to choose from with a fifth only selectable after completing the first four. I've been playing the Computer Lab level today and there are many strange creatures populating the rooms, hazards to avoid and many puzzles to solve. These aren't mind-blowing and can often be as simple as flicking a switch but there are other puzzles that will take a little more thought - take a look at the massive pressure chamber which is lethal without first wearing a divers helmet!
The baddies are very interesting and most humorous, yet the slightest contact will zap valuable energy and potentially kill you dead. It seems nothing you do will permanently kill them - use your trusty collection of greasy spanners and kaboom they've gone but, seconds later, they are back for more. Actually, this is a good mechanic and certainly keeps the game interesting and fun to play. Weapons can be upgraded at any time using the terminals but that costs money so don't forget to collect any coins you see scattered throughout.
Graphically, Mad Professor Mariarti is very nice with detailed, colourful levels with sprites that are smoothly animated. Sound effects are nothing spectacular but certainly do what is required for a fun-themed platformer. Mad Professor Mariarti is a challenging and addictive game with bucket loads of humorous personality. Highly recommend, especially if you prefer a platformer that requires a little more thought from the old grey matter.