Many of you may have heard of developer Press Play
and their fun loving titles for the Windows Phone, Max & the Magic Marker (WP)
and Tentacles (WP)
. The Danish developers are taking a step from the WP and are headed to the XBLA with their new title Max: The Curse of Brotherhood.
In this upcoming release, gamers will take on the role of Max, who like many others with little brothers, has decided to wish for his younger brother Felix to be taken away by a band of monsters. Subsequently, the wish comes true and thus begins the journey for Max to rectify his wrong-doings.
Take up arms, well a magic marker, and journey through the the colourful yet treacherous landscapes found in the dissmal underworld that is filled with monsterous minions. Visit ancient temples, forests, and barren lands to save your brother, all the while gaining the ability to change the environment with new skills to use for your marker.
Mikkel Thorsted, the games director, added this comment in regards to where the idea stems from:
Max is very much a labor of love for us, We’re highly influenced by the stories and movies from late seventies and early eighties like The Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren and The Goonies and Indiana Jones by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. At the same time it’s about family. About wishing your brother or sister would just go away, only to miss them terribly when they do and ultimately be willing to go through fire and water in order to get them back.
Taking a bit of the story from Max & The Magic Marker, the new addition promises to broaden the core gameplay mechanic and further the adventure for all gamers to enjoy.
Lead Game Designer, Mikkel Martin Pedersen, explains the vision a little further:
Very early on in the development process we realized, we had to rethink the marker mechanics in order to be able to create more focused and interesting puzzles. The old marker was more marker than magic. This time it is the other way around.
Here is a colourful announcement trailer for you all to enjoy:
Max: The Curse of Brotherhood
will be featured at this years PAX East show and has a tentative release window for Spring of this year. We will be sure to keep you informed as more details surface.