Join The Mobile Trench Brigade and protect humanity from the evil Monovision menace!
User reviews: Mixed (229 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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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. Games for Windows LIVE account required
    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. Games for Windows LIVE account required
Helpful customer reviews
94 of 120 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
best tower defence i have ever played, but it is not worth playing on the PC, here are a few reasons why:
1. after a few hours of gameplay the game begins to stutter when you collect scrap.
2. the game is locked at 30fps (frames per second).
3. might crash if the steam overlay is open for too long.
4. requires a Windows Live account.(not a problem if you already have one)

even tho this is one of the best tower defence games i have ever played, it is not worth paying for on pc.
if you really want to play this game, get a console. i did play this game on the xbox 360 aswell, and it performed a lot better.

i do not recommend this game if you plan to play on a pc.
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52 of 70 people (74%) found this review helpful
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
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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25 of 34 people (74%) found this review helpful
44.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
This game game is totally awesome, but it is currently unplayable with the stutterbug that comes along with GFWL. My friends totally hate GFWL so I cannot even consider gifting this game to them. Unless they patch steamworks into it, this game is completely useless in it's current state as most would not tolerate the stutter bug. For as long as we've been waiting for that so called patch we can only assume this game has been abandoned. (and there's no telling if the bug would even go away after said patch really) Dev's seem to have gone extinct on the forums. 10/10 for the gameplay/story, 0/10 for the coding or whatever is wrong with it. There's always hope, but until then..
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
I'm usually not a fan of tower defense, I find it immensely boring. However this game is alot of fun. Only real downside I see is that you can only really solo to a certain point before you get overwhelmed. Get some friends and it's a blast the whole way through! **Warning** Saves are apparently stored locally! you change computers, you lose your progress, that and windows live is still part of it
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
A really great game worth every penny i spent on it, long campain, interesting story and theme on the enemy and loads of unique weapons that feels great, i read that this game would be riddled with bugs but so far niether me or my friends have had any problems with connecting to each other or any ingame bugs.

The biggest negative about the game is that it uses windows live and getting that to work a little of an pain in the ♥♥♥ to but as soon as you get over the windows live stuff and get into the game i have had no problems whats so ever.
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6 of 9 people (67%) 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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11 of 19 people (58%) found this review helpful
27.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2014
Why does this game still go on sale? Sure it's awesome, but it is still very broken and seems like it will never be fixed.
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15 of 27 people (56%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
Do NOT get this game. There is currently ZERO support for it, and GFWL is still here.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
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. Yo 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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14 of 26 people (54%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
D O N ' T W O R K : (((
now you can buy candy's for the money I spend for this onfunctional crap game and thanks also to Steam for
the control of this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) 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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2 of 3 people (67%) 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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
I want to recommend this game really bad. It is fun and has a lot of potential, but it is poorly optimized and Games for Windows Live is just terrible. You can't go about 15 waves without the game dropping in frame rate or just immense unplayable lag. It's really sad, if this game would just get the fixes it could be just that much better.

I do enjoy it, and love playing it with friends, but I cannot recommend it in the state that it is in.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
I heavily reccomend this game if you enjoy shooters and tower defense. Oh and mechs.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
One of the best games ever...... i kicked the ♥♥♥ out of the xbox version :)
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1 of 2 people (50%) 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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1 of 2 people (50%) 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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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
Don't buy it. It has games for windows live, which is just terrible. And also sometimes it just straight up doesn't load. So just save your money for a better game!
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76 of 109 people (70%) found this review helpful
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
A good game saddled by some poor decisions and publisher politics.

The Buddha engine's 30 FPS cap, while inexcusable, pales in comparison to the scrap stutter bug that all but makes play impossible after too many waves of enemies. Double Fine have isolated the issue, but the remedy would require the removal of GFWL, something Microsoft Studios (the publisher) is obviously loathe to agree to.

While I would like to recommend the game, I cannot recommend the issues that are hampering it, thus I'd advise to only buy it after GFWL has been removed, should that ever occur.
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