Coming At You: Broforce Explodes Out Of Early Access

Broforce [official site] is not a game about shoving matches in the Bas Vegas car park. No, Broforce’s bros are kill-o-platforming commandos who may or may not bear some resemblance to action movie stars. Brobocop, Double Bro Seven, Rambro, Ellen Ripbro, Indianna Brones, Bro Dredd, The Brode… no, any similarities to fictional characters owned by large companies with expensive lawyers are probably just coincidences.

After a year and change in Early Access, the boisterous run ‘n’ gun platformer is ready to bro out and has properly launched. It’s celebrating this with an explosive cartoon:

As that trailer doesn’t illustrate, Broforce is a run ‘n’ gun platformer about murdering oodles of generic action movie terrorists. And tanks. And xenomorphs. And satans. You play as loads of action heroes, each with their own weapons and playstyles, rotating between them when you die – and unlocking more as you go. It’s big on blood, explosions, and silly things like riding atop a rocketing explosive barrel.

Along with singleplayer, it has co-op and deathmatch multiplayer, plus a level editor to make your own killzones.

Broforce is out now for Windows and Mac, with a Linux version still planned. A launch discount makes it £8.03 on Steam. It’s also available through Humble, DRM-free plus with a Steam key, but that hasn’t updated to have the launch discount yet. Broforce doesn’t have a demo, but you can play its old, old alpha or the old-but-not-as-old movie promo The Expendabros.

14 Comments

  1. GernauMorat says:

    Why are all their noses bright red? Are they all perpetual drunkards?

    • Unclepauly says:

      Saw that too, was also wondering if there’s an in joke I’m not aware of. American’t figure it out for the life of me.

    • Metr13 says:

      The nose appeared like three months ago, and was a complete surprise to everyone who wasn’t a dev, I suppose.

  2. Player1 says:

    There’s a typo in the text. It should read “has BROperly launched…”

  3. Static says:

    It’s tumblr nose… it’s a thing in the states. You can look it up.

    • Dare_Wreck says:

      I tried looking it up. I’m an American, and I still have no idea what the red noses are all about.

  4. kibblesahoy says:

    This game is a lot of fun. Find two or three friends, get some of the user-created levels (they’re a lot harder) and get ready to blow things up.

  5. Pizzacheeks McFroogleburgher says:

    It has online co-op, not just local.. Lots o’ fun.

  6. Edgewise says:

    “Bas Vegas”? Anything like Las Vegas?

    • Feet says:

      Festival Leisure Basildon in Essex. An enjoyable mention of one of my local night spots.

  7. prof_yaffle says:

    Unfortunately the Linux version has been delayed, with the developers saying they haven’t even started testing on Linux. This is the second game in the last couple of weeks to have it’s Linux version delayed (Alien: Isolation being the other).

    Sigh. This is how I feel about it: link to youtube.com

  8. thelastpointer says:

    I can highly recommend playing Expendabros — it’s what makes me buy this game instantly.

  9. Catchcart says:

    But then it came through in two or three days, despite the developer in charge alledgedly knowing nothing about linux. And it works flawlessly on this end. It’s a success story, really. “I thought it was going to be a drag but it turned out to be super easy to port to linux”, new tux convert developer beams. “Anybody can do it.”