This run-and-gun action game takes a classic formula and makes it feel brand new.
Bombastic Brothers is charmingly old-school and yet thrillingly modern – and built to last. It starts with a bang: after a prologue in which our heroes are surrounded by insectoid invaders, we skip back two weeks earlier to an explosion that interrupts the summer holiday of the lantern-jawed Jeff.
When his loyal hound swallows a glowing artifact, he’s promptly dognapped by those same invaders. Naturally, Jeff isn’t going to stand for that, and prepares to go all action hero on those pesky alien bugs.
If the first thing you’ll notice in Bombastic Brothers is its sharp, cartoon-style visuals, you’ll quickly fall in love with the way it plays. Its controls are superbly tuned: your gun automatically aims at the nearest threat, letting you focus on dodging and somersaulting over any projectiles fired back at you.
Grenades and rockets, both of which need time to cool down before you use them again, are ideal for larger enemies or groups of grunts, and you can shoot down weapon crates that arrive via parachutes for extra firepower.
Then, an airship becomes your base of operations, letting you build new rooms as you level up to access new game modes. From the docking bay, you can access daily missions, which earn you weapon crates to be opened. And if you’re underpowered for your next mission, you can upgrade your characters in the training room.
Because it’s not just bombastic brothers here: there are female heroes, too. Sniper Ginger is deadly from distance, with a piercing charge shot. And Jade’s ninja skills let her dart between multiple bugs at such speed she can’t be hit.
Even when you’ve conquered the substantial campaign and cleared the day’s quests, a hard mode lies in wait. Those bugs just won’t stop coming, so why should you? Grab some guns, train your heroes and wipe out as many as you can.