Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is a fast paced platformer with a special creative twist and one of my favorite earlier in the generation releases. I originally checked out the game on Xbox One at launch so it was nice to revisit this title. The story follows these two brothers, or well the eldest that wishes away the younger brother and then decides to chase after him once a monster does kidnap him. Things are fast paced with an epic opening and the action really doesn't stop there. You work through a number of distinct levels across various biomes while constantly learning new mechanics. It spreads these out well and there's a nice progression of understanding the various mechanics. The core story provides a solid length with collectibles thrown in that you can grab along the way.
Aside from being a typical platformer with a fast pace; you're able to swing, crouch or even draw through obstacles. The whole drawing aspects bring out a large crayon for manipulation of the world. Cut vines, raise the ground or even twist water to assist with puzzles and traversal. It all works out rather well and doesn't affect the quick action provided throughout. The checkpoints are fair, it's not terribly difficult despite some challenge and this can be easily enjoyed by all audiences. The world still looks great providing a mostly sunny adventure. I did find that some of the textures were slightly dated at this point, but overall it holds up very well here.
If you haven't had the chance to check this game out it's well worth the time. There's a solid story here within a charming, yet dangerous world. The game is rather creative with its easy to pull out drawing tool and the use of that mechanic for puzzles is great. The action is fast paced so most levels just flow by and it's something that all ages can enjoy. It holds up well despite being a few years old at this point and it performs very well on the Playstation 4.
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