The Adorasplosive Cannon Brawl

By Ben Barrett on July 30th, 2013 at 6:00 pm.

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Sound the siren because we’ve found yet another adorable indie strategy game, but this one’s pushing the boundaries of what our cute glands can handle. Cannon Brawl boasts airships, hilariously proportioned turrets and a father-daughter royalty tag team just on the surface, with a highly original 2D strategy concept and great music to boot. We’ve got a launch trailer and lightning fast first thoughts after the break.


Things have never been so twee (the dev team is called Turtle Sandbox, for goodness sake), but there’s some curious, interesting game under all that fluffy exterior. Obvious thought has gone into different tower designs and how they interact with characters, evidenced above by bouncing a laser off an avatar-specific shield. Meanwhile, the drill cannon has mined a permanent home for itself in my heart just from these bare glimpses and development diaries promise powerful combinations for it.

Mere moments with the early-access build (available on Steam) revealed an easy to learn control scheme that flows smoothly but leaves infinite room for skilled play in the hands of a master, who’s catered for with competitive online and local multiplayer and such post-mission stats as APM and speed. Art, story and interface have all been updated from the Alpha demo released in February (now understandably removed – Understanding Ed) and whimsically begin to spin a tale of brotherly war on a massive looking singleplayer map. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a delightfully quaint kingdom to defend.

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  1. petey123567 says:

    Hey guys, I’m the developer. Game should up be on Early Access soon, let me know if you have any questions!

    (Ed – Early access now available on Steam! http://store.steampowered.com/app/230860/)

  1. Revolving Ocelot says:

    Adorabloodthirsty.

  2. Uthred says:

    Reminds me of Scorched Earth, which can only be a good thing

  3. Adam Smith says:

    Playing this right now. A gem.

  4. petey123567 says:

    Hey guys, I’m the developer. Game should up be on Early Access soon, let me know if you have any questions!

    (Ed – Early access now available on Steam! http://store.steampowered.com/app/230860/)

  5. Velko says:

    Ben who? Another new face? Welcome!

  6. David Bliff says:

    The alpha demo is a ton of fun and everyone should try it and then promptly buy the game, that is all.

  7. jgthespy says:

    I loved the alpha and I love this even more. I hadn’t planned on spending any money after the Steam Sale but this is well worth $9.

  8. drewww says:

    Whoa, this is sort of like a reimagined version of Moonbase Commander. Intriguing.

  9. Hypocee says:

    Thanks for the notification, RPS. I’ve been looking forward to this since a video last fall. And yeah, it does ring a Moonbase Commander bell, which is a very rare but good good good good thing.

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