Join The Mobile Trench Brigade and protect humanity from the evil Monovision menace!
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Mixed (12 reviews) - 66% of the 12 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (460 reviews) - 80% of the 460 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 13, 2012

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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.
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Mixed (12 reviews)
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Very Positive (460 reviews)
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MyMy
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
The game is fun in Co-Op, but broken: disconnects and lags make it barely playable. Don't believe anyone it's fixed.
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Dormuth
( 17.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
I love this game, enjoyed it very much. Would like to see Iron Brigade 2
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Binomial Nomenclature
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
I HAVE to install this...
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Tucker
( 25.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 12
I thought this game was super fun and i loved it. Honestly i want more games like this and add MORE duns if you make more!
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DAOWAce
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 5
The game is locked to 30FPS and crashes running over 16:9 or above 60Hz.

Double Fine said they would remove the FPS cap (or up it to 60).

It's been 4 years. The game is still defective by design.

Yet another game ruined by developer incompetence.
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Huggybear
( 26.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 5
I really enjoyed playing Iron Brigade, whether solo or co-op. The mixture of WW1 and mech asthetics definitely worked for me, especially when mixed with nice touches of humour and the gameplay did not disappoint either. Blending TD with mech combat to overcome ever more challenging levels provides plenty of fun.
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Pungu
( 9.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 2
F ucking fantastic.
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EnigmaBrand
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
More like ♥♥♥♥ Brigade! Game runs at 10 FPS in multiplayer.
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Kitts 2-307
( 61.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
A third person shooter tower defender game in which you pilot giant WWI themed robots? Yes please.

My only quarrel is that there aren't enough stages to play in.
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Excalibur
( 15.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Excellent all around game.

The gameplay is focused around tower defense, sort of like Sanctum or Orcs Must Die. You are actively engaging enemies as well as building turrets to defend your base and yourself.

The game becomes ever more difficult as you advance through different stages. As you earn funds and acquire loot the battle mech can be built out with more powerful weapons, turrets, etc.

And best of all, it's all built around a hilarious story line that is actually entertaining to watch as you progress through the game.

I'd recommend picking it up on sale for $1.50, but even if it's more expensive it's probably worth it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Excellent all around game.

The gameplay is focused around tower defense, sort of like Sanctum or Orcs Must Die. You are actively engaging enemies as well as building turrets to defend your base and yourself.

The game becomes ever more difficult as you advance through different stages. As you earn funds and acquire loot the battle mech can be built out with more powerful weapons, turrets, etc.

And best of all, it's all built around a hilarious story line that is actually entertaining to watch as you progress through the game.

I'd recommend picking it up on sale for $1.50, but even if it's more expensive it's probably worth it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
61.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
A third person shooter tower defender game in which you pilot giant WWI themed robots? Yes please.

My only quarrel is that there aren't enough stages to play in.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
The game is fun in Co-Op, but broken: disconnects and lags make it barely playable. Don't believe anyone it's fixed.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
F ucking fantastic.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
82 of 90 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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64 of 75 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2015
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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52 of 60 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2015
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
- Lots of enemies and bosses
- Level/Exp system
- Very enjoyable
- Coop
- Removed GWFL
- Full controller support

Cons
- 30 FPS lock at base
- Some bugs
- Can't play more than 2 player coop - WOO THEY APPARENTLY FIXED IT
- Coop can stutter quite bad - WOO THEY APPARENTLY FIXED IT HAVE YET TO TRY IT
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59 of 73 people (81%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
35.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 26, 2015
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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62 of 83 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
573.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2013
Update:
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GFWL has been removed.

Original:
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A game about love

There are no regrets about love. You can't buy love. But you can buy Iron Brigade.
Where there is love, there is always something to hate too. Here it is gfwl.
But love is bigger than hate. Iron Brigade is bigger than gfwl.

While this gem has it's flaws, it's a most enjoyable experience.
If you aren't burned by the hate of a thousand suns, when you
hear the acronym gfwl, you will find something unique here.

There are also a bunch of decent folks around the forums,
looking to form a merry suicidal squad for coop games.
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90 of 132 people (68%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2015
GFWL is gone. Rejoice.

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

Go go go.
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