The Other Brothers is the second, after Physynth, production of independent English studio Simian Squared. The game was designed for iOS-controlled mobile devices, but was later scheduled to be transferred to the Ouya console as well as PC and Mac computers.
The game tells the story of Joe and Jim, brothers who were kidnapped by the Mafia. Without hesitating for a moment, both heroes set off to find the missing woman.
Producers, creating The Other Brothers, in a sense joked with games signed with Mario brand. One of our wards is tall and lean, the other is low and thick. They both have moustache, caps on their heads and are incredibly similar to Maria and Luigi – icons of Nintendo. The mechanics of the game also refers to these cult positions.
Playing The Other Brothers is purely arcade. Most of the gameplay is about overcoming levels that require continuous jumping on the platforms, and are sometimes varied by the sections where you swim or run away from the rising level of molten metal. The fight is about jumping your opponents over their heads, just like in the cult Nintendo platformer. In addition, from time to time we get access to various weapons. The character under our direction may, among other things, throw bones.
Opponents are divided into many different types. For most campaigns, we are dealing with ordinary, weak individuals. Sometimes, however, there are stronger types of enemies that require more attention and dexterity. The whole is complemented by clashes with big bosses, which have a huge firepower, but attack in a repetitive way. In order to get out of such a skirmish victoriously, you have to learn to recognize their attacks and react accordingly. What is interesting, we will fight not only against the representatives of the mafia, but also against the policemen who are chasing us, because by saving our beloved, we are destroying public property.
The Other Brothers’ graphic design has been kept in an old-school style. The action is observed in side view, and from the screen pixeled, hand drawn backgrounds and characters emerge. This adds charm and a certain amount of uniqueness to the game.
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