Join The Mobile Trench Brigade and protect humanity from the evil Monovision menace!
User reviews: Mixed (256 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 13, 2012

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"Have you always wished for a game that blended tower defense, mech shooters, and a World War I era setting? Your day has come. And it brings co-op."
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May 26

Now with Steam Matchmaking!

Dearest Iron Brigade players! Tis with great pleasure we announce that Double Fine recently regained the rights to publish Iron Brigade on PC and as such did an update to add Steam matchmaking, in addition to a few other bug fixes and improvements!

The update was released today for PC. To celebrate, the game is currently available for 80% off.

There are currently no plans to rename the game, "Trenched."

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About This Game

Join The Mobile Trench Brigade and protect humanity from the evil Monovision menace in this Tower Defense Shooter from Tim Schafer's Double Fine Productions. Use a combination of mobile firepower and stationary defenses to turn the tide of war in our favor. Customize your trench with thousands of possible loadouts. March side-by-side with allies from around the world as you fight your way through Europe, Africa, and the Pacific.

After defeating the monovision threat across Europe, Africa, and The Pacific, continue your service in the mobile trenches with Iron Brigade: Rise of the Martian Bear. Face Vlad’s most horrific new Monovision Constructs in a brand new Martian Campaign. Unlock over 80 new pieces of loot to battle the Tubes in 4 defense missions, 2 survival missions, and an all new Boss mission!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP, Vista, or 7
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo at 2 GHz, or AMD Athlon 64 at 2 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256 MB NVidia 8800+, ATI 3850+
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:1800 MB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection.
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:Intel Core 2 Duo at 2.2GHz, or AMD Athlon 64 at 2.2GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:1 GB NVIDIA 200+, ATI 4500+
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:1800 MB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection.
Helpful customer reviews
37 of 39 people (95%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
GFWL is gone. Rejoice.

Played this on the 360. It's particularily fun.

Go go go.
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29 of 33 people (88%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
UPDATE May 26, 2015: DoubleFine have removed GFWL from the game, added Steam matchmaking, and this fixes the infamous "stutter bug" (and also wipes all old saves). source

Co-op Iron Brigade is a lot of fun!

GFWL is not dead. I had a working GFWL install from playing FUEL, and was up and running in 5 minutes. However, if you haven't, you probably need the updated client, which is here: http://www.xbox.com/Live/PC/DownloadClient You can probably download and install this before you download iron Brigade, or you can install Iron Brigeade, uninstall GFWL, and then install the newer version. Make an account, copy and Ctrl-V paste the serial, done. (GFWL often takes a minute ro more to connect, and sometimes needs more than one attempt.)

You need to play two missions in singleplayer; after that, you know the basics of the game and get access to the "radio room" where you can invite friends, search for games etc. "Friends" means GFWL friends and not Steam friends, of course, so you need to add each other on GFWL. You can do in-game text-chat with "T"; if you have configured speech in the GFWL settings, you'll also automatically have voice chat with everyone in your game (if your microphone isn't claimed by Steam). The co-op missions are the same as the singleplayer missions, so you advance in singleplayer as you play co-op.

I like the co-op rules. You need to collect "scrap" (= drops from the enemies) to be able to build turrets; any scrap you collect (or that scrap collector turret collects) gets shared equally (as are the random chest drops), but any turrets you place go off your own budget. You can only build those turret types that you have equipped (they're called "emplacements" in the loadout screens), but you can upgrade any turrets on the battlefield regardless of type. Of course you can revive each other.

Tactics for us was to go into each new map with the same loadout as the previous one, slightly modified by the hints the game gives you. We were only defeated once, but then we do go back and refine our strategy for gold star performance. This means talking about weapon and turret loadaouts, turret placement strategy, fire sectors (very loose), and the like. We were already on the chassis that has a maximum of weapon slots and a minimum of turret slots, but careful planning was still necessary to get that coveted gold star: even at that extreme of the game balance spectrum, you can't just adopt "shoot everything that moves" as a viable tactic.

Game balance is excellent: chassis types allow you to trade weaponry (fps) against turrets (tower defense) -- this affects both the turret types you can equip and their cost. Special skills are equipped via legs, and they're balanced as well: "quick reload" means you're stationary while that skill is engaged; "sprint" means you're fast, but can't turn while running, etc. You need to use your skill wisely, i.e. tactically.

The "stutter bug": 6 hours into the game, after 7 missions, the game started stuttering when scrap is being collected. That bug is not present in the Xbox version, and the FAQ says that since it seems related to GFWL, it is difficult/impossible to debug, and Microsoft is not being helpful. So that bug is there to stay. Since you can't shoot while collecting scrap, you tend to only do that when no enemies are around, which means the bug is an annoyance, not a showstopper at this point.

I got Iron Brigade for free when I bought "Hack'n'Slash", possibly because I previously owned a lot of Double Fine games, including at least one bundle (Amnesia Fortnight). Getting it on sale seems definitely worthwhile even now, but if you have an Xbox, you're probably better off getting it there, because of the stutter bug.

As a game, Iron brigade is exceptionally well designed: it is easy to get into, has tactical depth, and allows for a wide variety of approaches to beating a level that are well balanced among each other, both in singleplayer and co-op.
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35 of 45 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
35.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
This game is something! Something for a few reasons.
First of all it's something fresh. Mix of TPP shooter, tower defense and mech simulator. And surprisingly this mix works very fine.
Second of all, it's very good game with great replayability.
Third of all, it's difficult game, in old-school way. For me it's advantage, but if you like easy games, I warned you.

VERDICT:
If you like tower defense games and looking for something fresh, try this one.
If you like shooters and mechs, you definitely should give this game a chance.
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123 of 205 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
A mutiplayer game with games for windows live. Might as well just throw money in the bin. This game has been abandoned by both developer and publisher and the fact it's still being sold is .. yeah, a bit of a rip-off.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Iron Brigade finally removed Games for Windows Live. The stutter bug is fixed as well. Now I can definitely recommend this game! Iron Brigade has Double Fine's signature humor and great gameplay. If you like tower defense mashups (such as Sanctum or Dungeon Defenders) you will like this, as it has a good blend of all the classic elements.
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
THIS NEEDS TO HAVE GFWL REMOVED

GFWL is not fancy as we all know.

BUT [b/] World War I charicatures are fancy, and so are Mecs and Double Fine so if you like the last few things and dnot mind putting up with GFWL this is a really great game to pickup.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Ignore the steam hours, I had this on 360 when it was first released to XBLA. This game is incredible. It's a TPS, coop Tower defense mech game that is an absolute blast to play. There's a lot of customization options, lots of enemies, lots of towers, lots of fun. If you're looking for a gem for a friend or 3 to play with, definitely pick this one up.

Most of the negative reviews are because of GFWL (Games for Windows Live), which has since been removed and replaced with steamworks. The main negative now is it's a bit buggy and has a 30FPS cap in some areas, but I say it's still worth it

Pros
- Lots of weapons
- Lots of customization
- Coop
- Removed GWFL
- Full controller support

Cons
- 30 FPS lock at base
- Some bugs
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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
GFWL is the only thing stopping this game from being one of the best co-op experiences on STEAM.

Multiplayer in Iron Brigade on PC is like a classic car that needs work before you can ride it. It may not work as it used to and may have the occasional crash, but if you put in a little work, it can be great fun. And you may need some patience from your friends as well if you want to play together. Overall its a great game that stands out as one of my favorite mech games. If you're lucky you should be able to invite your friends no problem. But some may have trouble trying to connect with friends so try the following.

1. Make sure Games For Windows Live is updated.

2. Beat the second level alone, you will then unlock the radio room after completion.

3. Go to the radio room and send your friend an invite.

4. If your invite is not going thru start radio room matchmaking at the same time as your friend and hope to get matched together.

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
This is a very fun game. Pros: Well designed gameplay, unique enemy designs, easy to jump into and try different mech loadouts. Each level will favor certain weapons, but you aren't punished for experimenting.

Cons: May be dead online so BYO friends. I havent noticed any stuttering that people have reported in other reviews, but I havent been able to play online yet so maybe that's why. I've been playing with maxed settings with a GTX 970 with game installed to an SSD and everything runs super smooth so far. Even with all the mech loudout variety, eventually the replay value will drop without a stronger online community. Also GFWL (Games for Windows Live) is required to play. Doesnt matter to me much, but I know others will mind.

Tip: Buy this as a pack with other double fine games to take the sting out of buying this alone and getting stiffed on the dead online community.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
31.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
Changing my review to positive to get some more attention for it, it is a really fun game, got a lot of fun out of it, but it was just incredibly broken. Hopefully they will work on improving it now and making it as awesome as it should have been.

Didn't write a negative review before because the game wasn't good, just wouldn't have recommended it at the time, have someone buy it then not be able to play.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 4
As it stands, this is an amazing game. If you enjoyed mech warrior then this game style will be a whole load of fun. There seems to be a lot of talk about bugs here in the comments but myself and 3 buddies played the game for almost a solid 7 hours and the only 'Crash' we had was one of our internet connections going down. None of us had any real issue getting in or playing the game. I will agree, the game need to be rid of Window Live and just work off of steam but the dev "Double Fine" has much bigger things to work on. So as much as I'd like to see more people playing this game, I understand why they haven't done much. It is hard for a smaller team like "Double Fine Productions" to keep up on all their games. I would recommend this game in a heartbeat.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
GFWL has now been removed. This is a fun tower defense game (3rd person steampunk) that was held back by GFWL and bugs that were related to it.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
+Game's fun
+/-Story is okay
+Quips from the leaders from both sides is funny
-Lacking some customization but not much
+Fun gameplay, keeps you on your toes
+Feels like another game I like yet is completely different
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Great game and really worth the money.

That said, you should prob. get your friends to play it with you, because thanks to GFWL you won't find a lot of players.
Since my friends and I already had Xbox live accounts the whole GFWL thing didn't bother us that much.

The extra DLC missions have some stutter issues as others have mentioned, but this didn't stop us from playing.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
do you like tower defense? how bout FPS? do you like killing blue and or red monster that burst into tiny little tvs? do you enjoy quirky games? iron brigade is dope. love it, fun lil shooter. add me n lets play
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
You take on the role of a soldier. This soldier has to use giant, robotic mech called trenchs to defeat aliens. The gameplay is quite slow, but is a great game once you get into it!
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
7/10. Fun little game. Shooter, Mechs and Tower defense all combined in one. Achievements have been broken since launch and still have not been fixed.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
A really fun tower defense game at first that I would recomend to anyone that likes said genre or mechs for that matter.
My only issue with the game is that it is the same thing over and over (tower defense game duh). If you like dungeon defenders or Sanctum then you will love this game too,
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Now that GFWL is gone, this game is totally worth playing! Time to contribute my positive review to counter-balance the now outdated negative reviews.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
If you like Sanctum 1 or 2, Dungeon Defenders, any Hybrid Tower Defense, or even just any shooter where you kill hoards of stuff like Serious Sam... You'll like this game.
Game is good. Def worth 3 bucks for the sort of re release they're doin. The game was updated to remove the Games for Windows Live crap, and as for the stuttering people are complaining about. Either they fixed that too or its its a prob with their pc cause the game plays flawless for me.
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