Broforce Is One Hell Of An Awesome Game From South African Indie Developers
I know that I was late to join the Broforce party. The game has just recently been Greenlit on Steam after impressively acquiring third place, and the alpha-demo has been out for some time now already. Most significantly, Broforce is a South African production, from Cape Town developers Free Lives. I’m actually quite bothered that I only got into this project now, despite my love of the indie scene and the enthusiasm in which I approach so many games in it. Nevertheless, I suppose sometimes you miss out.
And indeed, this was a case where I’ve been missing out. Broforce, when I gave it a spin last night and recorded a Let’s Play of it on our channel, reminded me exactly why I’m in love with the indie scene of gaming. Even more great, is that I didn’t even know I’d been dying to play a game like it until it was right in front of me. In that way, I was really pleasantly surprised. But what is it about this game?
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Well, in a nutshell Broforce is a callback to classic side-scrolling shooters such as Contra and Metal Slug. It’s fast-paced, action-packed and filled with enough explosions to give Michael Bay a boner. Except these explosions are classy, and the minds behind them are very much talented. Broforce gives players the chance to play as various “Bro” versions of famous action film and series characters, and each Bro has its own unique weapon to tear the house down with. From machine guns to shotguns to rocket launchers to flame throwers to dynamites to ninja blades, the game is packed with variety and it’s only in pre-alpha. Which is freely available to play, by the way, and I highly recommend that you do.
By far my favourite feature would have to be the fully destructible terrain. In a quest to completely annihilate all the terrorists in your path, you can unleash all manners of hell on the levels themselves as well, reducing them all to nothing. It’s pure destruction, and goes a long way in making this game so much more fun to play. Aside from that, if you’ve had your fair share of classic arcade side-scrolling shooters, you’ll know exactly what to expect here. And look, there’s not a whole lot I can say about this game that you probably haven’t experienced before, but Broforce wraps familiarity up with pure entertainment, and delivers it all in a fresh, exciting and wonderfully put-together package. It also helps that the art direction is fantastic as well, and there’s almost nothing not to love here.
I would also have to praise the game’s ambition, as the developers have pretty big plans for it if they acquire the right funding. And I hope that they do. I’ll be placing my pre-order as soon as I can, because this game and the people behind it deserve to be supported. Not just because they’re South African, but because they earned it by creating an absolutely amazing game. That’s evident by its progress on Steam Greenlight, its growing popularity, and most importantly its high level of quality. And it’s a game that can only get better in the future with a full campaign, online multiplayer and its level editor for players to create unique stages. At the moment, local co-op and offline play are available.
I could ramble on a lot more about Broforce and why you should play and support it, but really I’ll leave that up to you because you can go right ahead and play the demo for free. But what I will say is that this game has heart, and the developers are clearly in love with their creation. As am I, since playing it. I also have to confess that it puts a smile on my face knowing the group behind it live right here in Cape Town, but that’s just a personal point of admiration. In short, if you’re looking for something to entertain you and brighten up your day, then Broforce is exactly the kind of game you’re looking for.