Thursday, January 2, 2014

PC Spotlight #63: Mr. Bree+

Title: Mr. Bree+
Developer: TawStudio Entertainment
Platforms: PC, Mac
Price: $9.99
Mr. Bree doesn't innovate the precision platformer, or reinvent the genre, but that doesn't mean it isn't fun. The game is challenging, with a great art style, a lot of content, and is well worth your time.
Mr. Bree+, the revamped version of the browser Mr. Bree, isn't as hyper fast paced like Super Meat Boy or Electronic Super Joy. The game also has a slight Metroidvania vibe compared to those games; as you journey to find your family and recover your memories, you gradually remember new skills, allowing you to complete previous levels faster and gather special collectibles that you couldn't reach before. In fact in the first level, you can't even jump, but soon you'll remember how to jump, run, duck, and more. You'll need all these skills to evade the game's myriad obstacles. Levels are well designed, with the usual assortment of spikes, saws, collapsing platforms, swing blades, and other pig-skewering traps. There are some cool touches that add to the game's aesthetic such as the background changing hues and colors, rainfall as the day progresses, and  text that displays Bree's thoughts as you advance through a level. Besides the main levels, there's also a set of hardcore levels that are unlocked by gathering the hard-to-reach collectibles.
Mr. Bree+ is a fun and challenging platformer with a pleasing art style and interesting story. If you enjoy tough platformers, you'll definitely enjoy this game. You can purchase Mr. Bree+ on Desura and through Humble, and vote for the game on Steam Greenlight.

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