YMMV / Mischief Makers

  • Ass Pull: The Beastector turning out to have originally been human. It has no bearing on the overall plot and comes out literally at the end of the game. The only hint to it prior is Merco mentioning Earth as one of the Empire's targets after his boss fight with Marina.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: Imposing as he may be, Emperor Leo doesn’t attack too often, he can’t take many hits and he stays in one area.
  • Awesome Music: The game has an outstanding soundtrack, but the best of the best definitely goes to the boss themes.
  • Best Boss Ever: Cerberus Alpha, the first Beastector boss. A High-Speed Battle against an Axe-Crazy jackal-man riding a giant robot motorcycle that turns into a dog, while you ride on a cat to catch and throw all of his attacks back at him, which includes missiles and a Wave Motion Gun. You can even jump on his missiles and ride around on them, creating a Robot Girl, on an alien cat, on a missile.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • In one early example, Teran sprouts into the giant, destructive "Blockman". In this form, he can smash obstacles and enemies with ease. It's only mentioned again as a reason to leave at the end of the game.
    • Other levels begin with Marina riding a missile, an ostrich, and a giant bee, with no explanation given.
    • Yet another level has you retrieving the King's tricycle for him while avoiding an advancing geyser. The tricycle is never brought up again outside that level.
  • Cult Classic: It didn't do spectacular when it was originally released, but those who did play it generally speak fondly of it. See what happened to the Nerd below.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Teran A.K.A. Blockman and Calina Clancer.
  • Evil Is Cool: The Beastector, especially Lunar.
  • Foe Yay: Teran's battle against Calina.
  • Funny Moments: Theo pretending to die to prank Marina just before the Final Boss. After he reveals it was a joke, Marina gets so angry that she hurls him back to Clancer from space.
  • He Panned It, Now He Sucks: Preemptively happened with The Angry Video Game Nerd. Once he was briefly shown with a Mischief Makers cartridge in his hands and was subsequently bombarded with mail saying that he shouldn't even think of doing a review.
    • Sacred Cow: In retrospect, this might show that the game is a bit of this.
  • Most Annoying Sound: The "shell screaming" whistle that plays every time you fall, especially in sections where you're forced to jump down constantly. Funny the first few times you hear it, but imagine hearing it every thirty seconds when you get to That One Level.
  • Idiot Plot: Pretty much the only reason the plot moves forward past the second world is because both Theo and Marina act like complete morons.
  • Narm: Lunar's ending line upon destroying the Cerberus Alpha:
    "How could I lose to you?!"
    • Narm Charm: Most of Lunar's other lines, and indeed the dialogue from everyone. Special note:
  • Nightmare Fuel: Everything on the planet Clancer has the same twisted frozen face. Everything. This is made even worse if you consider the fact that said face resembles a haniwa.
    • Inner Struggle, where Emperor Leo takes on the form of a creepy monolith with various markings on it. The actual battle has some rather haunting music, with word bubbles floating up containing words of negative emotion like “Dire” and “Anger,” all the while a large flame-like fog fills the area whilst changing colors, and additional monoliths float in the back. Should you not know that you can use the word bubbles to attack Emperor Leo, it comes off greatly like a Hopeless Boss Fight.
  • That One Boss: It's more like Those Two Bosses. Both Lunar and Merco are fast and aggressive in their mechs, but the real challenge is defeating each without taking damage. These are often described as the hardest Gold Gems to collect in the game. Thankfully Lunar's battle has a Good Bad Bug that locks him out of advancing beyond his second phase and Merco's gets progressively easier.
    • Migen Brawl isn't hard on its own but is also one of the hardest boss battles to get the gold gem on simply because it is also the longest boss battle in the game and a single mistake requires starting the whole thing over.
  • That One Sidequest:
    • Acquiring all the Gold Gems, especially the one from the Beastector mechs.
    • Clearing the 100m world record, which is required for one of the Gold Gems.
    • Getting an S-ranking in every level, which entails clearing the levels in a ludicrously low amount of time.