You may have heard about Broforce before, and if you haven’t – it is a co-op, heavily Americanized simulation, where you play as some of your favourite action stars from the 80s and 90s in pixel form. The game is retro gold and will make any gamer feel nostalgic while still being challenging and heavily entertaining with its constant digs at over-the-top American patriotism. You are submerged in an almost entirely destructible pixellated environment as one of 15 bros, including Chuck Norris, Judge Dredd, Indiana Jones and more. There’s lots of blood, unexpected and devastating explosions, many different weapons, enemies, moves, you name it, it has it.

All of this started when Broforce was entered into the 2014 Ludum Dare #23 Game Jam and won the Humour award, came second for Fun and took fourth place in the Graphics category. Since then, Cape Town-based developers Free Lives decided to dedicate their full-time efforts to the game and in October released the first Broforce “Brototype” with some excellent feedback which is still available to play online for free. PewDiePie took it for a spin last year, proclaiming that:

I could play this game all day. I’m happily surprised by this game and there are just so many bro jokes. It’s awesome.

The final game is sure to include more content, a bigger scale storyline and depth than the Brotype currently has and is available to pre-order on Steam Early Access, or through Humble Bundle. The full Broforce game is set to be available later this year on Mac, Windows and Linux.

The team behind this cool game have created a series documenting the road to releasing the game, check out these humans and dogs in episode 01:

Game Features:

  • More explosions, camera shake and action than anything else, ever.
  • Fully destructible terrain.
  • Local Bro-op play and online multiplayer bro-op.
  • Deathmatch arenas with leaderboards and rankings.
  • Unlockable “bros” – each with distinctive attacks and special brobilities.
  • A level editor, the ability to challenge your friends and share your custom levels.
  • Vehicular action sequences, aliens and epic Contra-inspired boss fights.
  • Nuanced and strategic combat, explosive action and deadly stealth.
  • For every terrorist killed in Broforce, a terrorist will die in real life.