By Adam Smith on October 24th, 2011 at 10:36 am.
What is a day without spikes? Brazilian indie game Mr Bree: Returning Home is mostly about a pig repeatedly falling onto spikes and spikes repeatedly falling onto a pig. As with other spike-themed platformers, it’s rather tricky and, as the trailer shows, it has a resemblance to the fiendish Super Meat Boy, except with a pig instead of a sentient meat-chunk. Let’s be honest, there is precious little difference between the two. The game is currently in beta and shall be out on PC and Mac this winter, hopefully preceded by a demo. I’ve played a little already, enough to confirm my understanding that abattoirs are unpleasant and pointy metal things are my least favourite acquaintance.
I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen a spike in real life. Certainly not one as big as a pig. I’ve seen stalactites and stalagmites, but I don’t know if they count.
The weird story and Mr Bree’s commentary are appealing but the most important points are these: the level design rapidly becomes sadistic, and the controls are tight and accurate. I suspect it’s too difficult for me, as I was not born to platform, but I know plenty of people who consider their spike-dodging abilities a badge of honour. This is for them.