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Vampin' Gamer with Timothy Webb: 'Max: The Curse of Brotherhood' features fun, Pixar-like graphics

Vampin' Gamer with Timothy Webb: 'Max: The Curse of Brotherhood' features fun, Pixar-like graphics

Vampin' Gamer with Timothy Webb: 'Max: The Curse of Brotherhood' features fun, Pixar-like graphics

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    With something that looks like it’s straight out of a Pixar movie, developers Press Play have created a Microsoft exclusive side-scrolling platform video game called “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood.” Max, the main protagonist, one day searches online for a way to get rid of his younger brother, Felix, and finds a spell that he reads aloud, which opens up a mysterious portal from which a monster’s claw emerges and kidnaps Felix. Without hesitation, Max jumps in after his brother and enters a dangerous, magical world controlled by the evil Lord Mustacho.

    “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” is a physics-based puzzle platformer with Pixar-like graphics. Max’s Magic Marker gives players interesting ways to approach and solve the games’ puzzles. While playing through the game, the Magic Marker gains new powers. Some of them include earth pillars, tree branches, vines and water streams.

    By far one of the greatest features of the game is the Pixar-ish graphics, which give the game a very cinematic feel. The environments are beautiful and enhance the lush graphics found throughout the game. Players also will find an interesting story with superb voice acting as well. Mixing in the puzzles with the platformer feel of “Max” has created a cool new game that is family friendly. Best of all, the game is totally free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers on the Xbox One right now.

    Although the puzzles are fun to decipher, after a few hours of playing the game, they become somewhat repetitive and easy to conquer. Also, at times, the controls can become very frustrating, especially while using the Magic Marker during cinematic sequences. As great as it is, the drawing mechanic feels like it needs more precision and freedom than its current interface allows.

    Filled with humor and a family friendly story, “Max: The Curse of Brotherhood” is a great addition to the Games with Gold collection and gives gamers the feeling of drawing a magical world within the gaming environment. Although somewhat short, it is a pleasurable and inoffensive game that delivers on its puzzles and story with an exceptional narrative.

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