This little piggy went through hell
Porky Pig never had to deal with all these spikes. If you're a fan of platformers that push your run-and-jump abilities to their limits, you need to keep tabs on Mr. Bree+, a deceptively charming game from Brazilian indie team TawStudio Entertainment.
You play as the adorable Mr. Bree, an anthropomorphic pig that's suffering memory loss after a nasty tumble. All he knows is that he's lost, and he needs to make it back home to his family pronto. The temporary amnesia isn't just a story mechanic--as you hop and skip through each level, you'll encounter puzzle pieces that unlock Mr. Bree's memories. In fact, you won't even remember how to jump when you first come to.
As is typical of any hardcore platformer, each stage is riddled with death traps, including spinning sawblades, spike pits, and crumbling stepping stones. Those who want to test their mettle (and die repeatedly) can seek out red puzzles pieces, "Bad Memories" which add up to unlock the Butchery, the crme de la crme of nerve-wracking level layouts. The name alone is terrifying, given the fact that your protagonist is a family man--er, pig.
Mr. Bree+ is the greatly expanded version of a prototypical Flash game--similar beginnings, if you'll recall, to the now-legendary Super Meat Boy. We've fought our way through the original in anticipation for the bigger and better upgrade, and we loved the game's blend of heartstring-pulling cinematics and dialogue with maddeningly difficult feats of platforming. Do what we did and go vote for Mr. Bree+ on its Steam Greenlight page, where you can also download a demo for the game.
Who knows how we'll make it through all that in one piece
TawStudio cites Mega Man, Castlevania, and Super Meat Boy as influences--quite the respectable pedigree
Dear God RUN from the Butcher, Mr. Bree
There's certainly no shortage of murder machines in the Butchery stages
Call us insane, but we felt more connected to Mr. Bree than most recent game heroes
Mr. Bree makes some pretty amusing remarks to himself while you play, like observing how floating platforms make no physical sense
Remind you of anything?
Abilities Mr. Bree will remember include wall hugging and double jumping
No, Mr. Bree! Don't succumb to the Bad Memories!
Whether you prefer controlling Mr. Bree with a keyboard or a gamepad, you'll need all the dexterity you can muster to pass the later stages