Gear up for Broforce, a side-scrolling run-and-gun platformer filled with destructible environments, dangerous enemies, and dramatic explosions. Travel the world with an elite group of American “bros” inspired by hypermasculine US blockbusters and TV series, fighting terrorists and rescuing prisoners of war along the way. Rescuing POWs unlocks playable characters, with the roster including Bro Hard (Die Hard), MacBrover (MacGyver), and Rambro (Rambo), among others. A couple of women bros are included as playable characters, but the game spotlights testosterone, masculinity, and US pride above all else. Local and online multiplayer are supported for teams of up to 4 players, so grab your bros and dive on into the action!
At the game’s start, you’ll encounter a small pool of bros, each carrying a main weapon and a secondary special. The main weapon offers unlimited ammo, while the secondary special is more limited and varies widely from bro to bro. You’ll first play as a random bro, with any bro that you rescue being added to your pool of playable characters. On top of this, more playable characters are unlocked as you continue rescuing bros. Rescuing a bro provides you with another life, but the act of rescue also suddenly swaps your bro with a random bro from the pool. This randomness provides excellent replay value and ensures you never have the same Broforce experience twice. Each bro looks and plays incredibly differently from the next bro, keeping the game nice and fresh—and there are more than 30 to unlock!
You have no HP, so if you get hit, you’re done. But tight controls allow for precise navigation through the game’s destructible environments. Almost everything you encounter is destructible, including terrain, structures, and vehicles. This mechanic provides endless possibilities for strategy. For example, if you’re having a hard time attacking an enemy head-on, you can try digging a tunnel and executing a surprise attack from underground. The destruction mechanic also allows for many ways to complete each level, especially when they start getting really tough. While the game’s overall difficulty in Normal mode is forgiving, Hard Mode offers a serious challenge for even the most seasoned platform gamers. As you play, you’ll encounter swarms of enemies, loads of mini-bosses, and a number of tough bosses, and you may want to enlist your real life bros for help.
The game’s retro-inspired animation is superbly done, with detailed pixel art bringing Broforce’s characters and environments to life. As we mentioned, every one of the game’s bros features looks completely unique, and their individual visual designs—paired with their punny names—work perfectly to tell you which movie or TV show they’ve been plucked from. And it’s not just the playable characters that manage to stay visually fresh; it’s also the enemies, landscapes, and environments, which are constantly changing as you progress through the game. Broforce also features well-done animation for its cut scenes and excellent sound design overall. From the pops of gunfire to the death-groans of enemies to the screaming of electric guitars, your ears are in for an action-packed bro fest.
Whether you’re looking for a game that can be played alone or with friends, Broforce has you covered, and if you have any interest in run-and-gun platformers, you’ll likely have a great time. Learning how each bro plays is an absolute joy, and with so many bros to unlock and learn, you’re in for hours of high-octane fun. With all that being said, there’s no denying that Broforce isn’t the most inviting game for anyone who’s not super into hypermasculinity, and the game’s focus on destroying enemies of the United States isn’t the most universally inviting concept. But if you take Broforce for what it really is—a fairly silly video game—it’s pretty easy to look past these factors. And being priced at just $14.99, this all-American action-platformer is an absolute Nintendeal.
Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher – Devolver Digital
Developer – Free Lives
Price – $14.99
Genre – Arcade, Action, Adventure, Platformer
Size – 420 MB
Nick and Sarah are the ultimate gaming couple. Nick is a Super Mario Maker 2 enthusiast, but working with Nintendeal has fostered a love for tough-as-nails indies such as Enter the Gungeon, Celeste, and Cuphead. Sarah prefers sim games like Animal Crossing, Don’t Starve, and Stardew Valley, but she challenges herself by grinding Slay the Spire from time to time.