Another thing that’s not mine. But YOU GUYS. This is important.
Thanks to “Angry” Joe Vargas, I’ve been introduced to this wonderful little gem known as “Broforce”, developed by Free Lives Games. In short, you should play it. If Terraria and Metal Slug hooked up at a drunken frat party hosted by 80’s action movie heroes, you’d get Broforce (also, some of the most meta and self-aware fanfiction one could imagine).
The free “brototype” is available as a standalone download or playable via web browser now. But Free Lives have promised more levels, the ability to create and share your own levels, local and online “Bro-op”, and much much more.
The alpha build itself is an absolute hoot to play and honestly? Looking way too good to be an alpha. If they released the game as is, I’d be happy. Your first port of call is collecting all the bros throughout the game (all not-so-subtle nods to 80’s and 90’s action heroes), killing anything even remotely moving that stands in your way. The destructible terrain allows for some strategic gameplay, and the weapons available (different with each character, along with a special attack) give the game a well-rounded run-and-gun style of gameplay. The graphics are wonderfully retro and the level design is great.
I question some of the character additions, the final boss is a pain in the ass to finish off, and some of the weapons prove to be more of a pain in the ass than they probably need to be, but these criticisms are minor at best. Like anything from this genre, it’s a hell of a lot more fun in multiplayer. In short it’s a wonderful throwback to the games of old. Not since Far Cry: Blood Dragon and Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag have I enjoyed the hell out of a game.
Indie games aren’t really “a thing”, for me. Mostly due to lack of exposure. But if Broforce is anything to go by, the underdogs efforts are looking very promising indeed.
Till next time…