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Max: The Curse Of Brotherhood

Posted by GG Goblin On May - 4 - 2018

Max has to save his brother again.

As more and more older games begin to turn up on the Nintendo Switch, the library grows larger and larger. This is great news for gamers who play on the Switch alone, but for multiplatform gamers, it can be quite difficult to get excited about yet another game that they already have on their other consoles. Some games however, really are worth getting excited about again when they arrive on the Switch. It has been some four years since Press Play’s Max: The Curse of Brotherhood started turning up on various platforms, and now it has arrived on the Switch and I am quite pleased about that.


Anyone with siblings will understand the frustration from discovering that they are playing with, and sometimes abusing, much loved possessions that don’t belong to them. Some siblings may even throw a verbal curse at their younger brother or sister for playing with their toys. Max, the hero of the game, goes one step further when he finds his little brother playing with his toys, and looks up an actual curse which actually ends up opening a vortex to another world, through which the younger brother is taken. Obviously being a good brother, and realising that he may have gone a bit too far, Max jumps through to rescue his brother in a strange new world. Such is the set up in this very good looking puzzle adventure game.

The visuals in The Curse of Brotherhood really make the game stand out. While max and any of the obstacles he has to overcome, such as monsters, tend to reside in the foreground and look great, it is the amazing backgrounds that really pop to the point of almost being distracting. Sometimes it is just nice to see what is going on behind the action. But Curse of Brotherhood is a lovely looking game with beautiful, bright colours that look great both on the little and big screen.


The platforming is mostly simple and requires little effort, although the occasional chase scene ramps up the tension a bit as the player makes their way from left to right, trying to rescue their little brother. This is no hardcore platformer requiring ultra precise actions. The controls work well and are forgiving enough that the game is enjoyable without moving into frustrating territory.

Much of the complexity comes from Max’s magical marker. Players may remember Max’s last outing, in which the magic marker was the main focus. In Curse of Brotherhood, Max will find new ways to use his marker as various elemental powers become available. Players will use the marker to interact with marked areas of the level, raising rocks from the ground or growing vines, in order to progress. Some of the ways that the environment has to be used with the pen will leave the player having to think, such as some ways to block away an enemy as Max has no other form of defense. Other times, Max will have to use the marker quickly in a twitchy way with lightning reactions. It can take a little getting used to when having to do things quickly, but the controls are fairly intuitive, and the touch screen of the Switch makes things even better.

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is one of those games that really sticks in the mind. It is a decent length and doesn’t outstay its welcome, and it is a visual spectacle. New abilities are slowly introduced to the player as they progress, and the puzzles get more and more challenging without becoming too difficult. However, the game is part of a crowded genre and the added mechanic of using the marker may be off putting for players who want something more natural to play. The only other problem is whether it is worth playing for those who already have the game on another platform. As the game has been released almost everywhere, with a PS4 version arriving as recently as last year, it really does depend how long it has been since the game was played.


Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is an excellent addition to any platform puzzler fans Switch library. It plays really well and is thoroughly enjoyable. Those who have played the game before may need to wait before embarking on this rescue mission again, but for those who have yet to save Max’s brother, playing the game on Switch is well worth it. Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is an old game that is more than welcome on the Switch.




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