Published on October 20th, 2015 | by Kevin Tejada0
PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist Review
Full disclosure: I’m not a huge fan of PewDiePie, but I am quite aware of Felix Kjellberg’s enormous fame in the YouTube world as its most popular gamer. As with most hot properties, a licensed video game was inevitable (see: Shaq Fu… or don’t). In addition to barrels, PewDiePie also has to battle against the stigma of property-based games. Can his debut game PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist, appeal to non-fans as well as fans?
What developer Outerminds has chosen to do here is make a 2D side-scrolling platformer starring the titular YouTuber in the vein of the Super Mario Bros. series. The coin-collecting and enemy-stomping throughout the game make its influences clear. Fortunately, unlike the majority of indie platformers, Brofist is extremely tongue-in-cheek about the whole thing. After a dropping in at the beginning of a level, PewDiePie even states, “Whew, that drop was huge! Lucky there’s no fall damage in this game!” When the main antagonist of your game is Generoll Barrel, taking yourself too seriously probably wouldn’t be a wise move.
The game starts off with barrels breaking into PewDiePie’s home and informing him that they have captured all of his fans. This sets him on a journey that spans a decently-sized map that looks like it came straight out of Super Mario World. Traversing through locales such as tundras and space stations, you face enemies such as wolves, Eldritchian creatures, abominable snowmen exploding cows, and, obviously, barrels. You can only damage enemies by stomping on their heads, so, to help combat these enemies, you also have access to power-ups that you can buy with the coins you collect. These power-ups include a farting pet, which annihilates nearby enemies with its noxious fumes, and Doctor Crab, who recovers three of your hearts.
Despite stomping being your only means of attack, the boss fights in PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist still manage to feel challenging and even a bit creative. A couple of the extra levels are actually more challenging than the story-based ones, including the survival stage. You’re not limited to those, as you can replay any level with any power-ups and characters you’ve unlocked throughout the game. My only real gripe with the gameplay is that a touchscreen is not the best way to control a platforming game, especially in the later levels where precision is more important. However, with an Android platformer, that’s to be expected. You have the option of using either a virtual joystick or a virtual d-pad. I found the d-pad to be a bit more comfortable, but I still had quite a few deaths occur due to not having the tactile feedback of real buttons (or I may just be a mediocre player).
Visually, this game is nice to look at it. When a game chooses to be 2D nowadays, it’s usually for budgetary reasons, but Brofist uses 2D graphics in a way that actually enhances its aesthetic. The best comparison I can think of is Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game, where it looks like the graphics are an intentional, stylistic choice rather than a necessity of limitation. Along with the retro graphics comes retro-styled music, as well. The chiptune soundtrack is fitting and has some catchy beats, especially the title screen’s track. The game also features many cameos from other YouTubers, which are all voiced by their real-life counterparts. In addition to voicing his PewDiePie persona, Kjellberg even lends his voice to the evil Generoll Barrel. It’s great when the subject of a video game is actually involved in the voice-acting, as it adds some authenticity to the experience.
With solid gameplay, decent replayability, great visuals and sound, and levels that can be played in short bursts, PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist bridges a pretty wipe gap. In appealing to someone who isn’t a fan of PewDiePie, such as myself, Outerminds succeeds at creating both a crowd-pleasing property-based game and a legitimately well-made Android indie title. Aside from the limitations of playing with a touchscreen, this is a very solid Android platformer, and having Kjellberg help out with the game shows that the whole project had some real passion behind it. Even if you’ve never heard of PewDiePie, this is worth checking out.
Is it hardcore?
Summary: Touch controls aren't ideal for a platformer, but fans of PewDiePie and side-scrollers should definitely enjoy this.