Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis, Snipes, Norris. These names are legendary but if you were born after the 90’s, you know them as those old dudes from “The Expendables.” In my time, they were the reason you went to the theatre night after night. They are immortal and undefeatable in combat. Not running from explosions but running to them in slow motion, usually while uttering some awesome catch-phrase. They saved the world, got the girl and still managed to keep their sense of humor, even after half the city’s been blown up.
They are action stars.
This Indie Game of the Week, Broforce, resurrects these action gods and puts them in your hands. So buckle up bro because it’s going to be an explosive ride!
Broforce is an in development action platformer. It is brought to you by developer Free Lives and publisher Devolver Digital. The mission is simple: free your bro’s, kill the bad guys and blow as much stuff as possible. You and three of your other friends can take the role of an assortment of Bros. Bros ranging from Rambro to Brommando. As you battle your way through the fully destructible environment you have at your disposal an assortment of crazy weaponry. Brobocops chargeable hand cannon sprays more bullets than you can count! Bro in Black with his alien gun, blows just about anyone or anything to pieces!
The mission won’t be easy though. There are bosses and hazards to watch out for. Bosses like helicopters that spew missiles and giant metal behemoths that want nothing more than to land on top of you. That isn’t all though, explosive barrels, mines, and men with TNT strapped to their chest are exploding everywhere!
While annihilating half the world is easy in Broforce, everything pretty much blows up gloriously, the Bros are equally vulnerable, dying with just one bullet. The graphics keep things from getting too frustrating though, as most of the time you die in hilariously over the top explosions.
Speaking of graphics, Broforce does adopt the bread and butter of the Indie industry, bringing pixel graphics to its maximum potential. It uses these graphics in delightful ways and gives each character their own personality. This also keeps the levels from getting stale and being the same song over and over.
The sounds and music in Broforce are particularly well done. When a rocket explodes near your bro, the camera rocks and you can almost feel the explosion almost go off in your ear. This offers quite a bit of hilarity as a suicidal bomber screams at you, charging to his death.
As you unlock more Bros, the game only gets more interesting since no Bro really plays alike. Each brings their own weapon and tactics to the game. Bronan with his huge sword can cleave the land in half sending enemies flying. Ellen Ripbro uses her rifle to shock and stun enemies completely immobilizing them, right before they explode horrifically. Many features that are currently in alpha/beta are also in the game, to keep any Bro sated as the developers finish up the game.
With a focus on Co-op style gameplay, you can plug in your controller and play across several game modes like, deathmatch, race mode, and explosion run. Included also, is a map editor that allows you custom craft your own levels/custom campaigns that will likely be tied to the Steam workshop to share with your fellow Bros. Did I mention the online multiplayer? While the multiplayer feature still has a few bugs left to be worked out, you can host online games or join them as you fight for freedom with your friends!
Broforce is still an early access title and under development so you can expect some bugs. It’s still receiving updates and features are being polished. Free lives has planned to add more to the game including more levels, more Bros, and something called Explosion 3.0, which this player is looking forward to with glee. Also they are adding even more touch ups to the sound and music in the game.
So pick up Broforce right now and fight the good fight for freedom, for America, for fun’s sake! You won’t regret it! See you on the battlefield bro!
See you next week!
Until then play some Indie games!
TL:DR If you’re interested in seeing this game in action, you can always check out my video review: Broforce
Number of players: 1-4
Platforms: PC and Mac
Playtime: Varies, Campaign 1-2 hour in current state.