A new breed of WARRIOR returns, committed to destroying the enemies of FREEDOM When ONE angry man, has a world to protect - There is only ONE future – HIS OWN No-nonsense hero Marlow never shied away from danger or trouble. But now he faces his ULTIMATE challenge.
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Release Date: Sep 20, 2013

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“Marlow Briggs is entertaining and wonderfully paced game.”
7/10 – GameSpot

“Marlow Briggs is nearly impossible to dislike.”
7/10 – Polygon

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5/5 – Pixel Perfect Gaming

About This Game

A new breed of WARRIOR returns, committed to destroying the enemies of FREEDOM
When ONE angry man, has a world to protect - There is only ONE future – HIS OWN

No-nonsense hero Marlow never shied away from danger or trouble. But now he faces his ULTIMATE challenge. After crash-landing in Central America, he has an industrial evil to defeat whilst bound to an ancient Mayan Death Mask who’s had no-one to talk to for 2000 years. Another day at the office only this time Marlow is PUSHED TO THE LIMIT , his sweetheart has been abducted, the bad guys are making up their own rules and only one man can judge them – and EXECUTE THE SENTENCE .

Fearlessly fighting through Mayan temples and towering valleys, monstrous machinery, nothing, but nothing, will stand in the way of this bad ass warrior, his girl and the crushing of all opposition.

They told him to go to HELL, he was DEAD ready!!!

With cliffhanger over the top action and cinematic gameplay, Marlow Briggs takes inspiration from the best of blockbuster films, comic book heroes, and action games with its focus on relentless high-octane combat, exotic and danger filled environments and epic set pieces.

• Fight the enemies of FREEDOM with stacks of awesome combos and magic abilities,
• Single handedly destroy HUNDREDS of enemies
• Deploy MIGHTY weapons of destruction
• Leap out of HUGE EXPLOSIONS in slow motion
• Reveal the DEADLY secrets of the Mayans
• Save the ENTIRE planet

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Win 7
    • Processor: 2ghz dual core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 4000 Series and up / NVIDIA GeForce 8 Series and up - excluding mobile variants
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Win 7
    • Processor: 2.5ghz quad core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 4850+/5750+/6750+ or NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250+/450+/650+
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
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5.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 30, 2014
Every once and a while there comes a game so revolutionary, so full of ambition and creativity and with such flawless execution that they forever change the medium and shape it for years to come. They are the games that we remember decades after their release, and that continue to be cited as inspiration for new games long since we first revered at their brilliance. And then we have Marlow Briggs.

Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death is not a revolutionary game; it does little if anything unique borrowing heavily from games of yore without ever outdoing them in its own right. It's not the most polish, it's production values are noticeably low, and has some truly aggravating design decisions. But none of this matters because despite being formulaic and shallow Marlow Briggs is unquestionably a blast to play. If ever there was such a thing as a B-game this is it, and what ridiculous amounts of fun it is.

As the curtain rises we find Marlow Briggs, aka "the man with large hands", arriving to visit his archaeologist girlfriend on a digsite she has been working at lately. Unfortunately, as is usually the case, the operation is in fact being run by a maniacal psychopath possessing godlike magic powers and an army of mercenaries to back him up. Marlow doesn't like this, but before he can take three step towards the door he's sent on a one way trip to Xibalba and his girlfriend kidnapped. Cue flashing lightning and a talking mask and Marlow is reborn as the sacred warrior, hero of prophecy destined to save the sacred land that has been disturbed by the militias presence.

It should be noted that all of this plays out in the span of about 60 seconds, at which point you are tossed straight into the action. This isn't a game that takes itself seriously; not remotely. The plot is absolutely absurd and the dialog cheesy beyond compare, but Marlow succeeds because it knows it's silly and revels in being as self-aware and goofy as possible as it jumps from setpiece to setpiece with little regard to exposition or the mounting continuity errors. This is a game that wants you to laugh with it not at it, with excellent (for what it is) writing and spot on delivery that made it impossible for me not to enjoy myself, grinning the whole way through.

When Marlow and the Mask aren't cracking jokes they're smashing in skulls. It's impossible to ignore so to put it bluntly: this is a God of War clone. Right down to the distinctive way you open chests- er, collect skulls, it plays identically to Sony Santa Monica's lovechild but that really isn't a bad thing. While it isn't as refined as that series, this is a comparable action game with some highly satisfying combat and impressive bossfights. It's nothing new, but it works well for the game and more than solid, with my only complaint being a large amount of overpowered enemies and occasionally getting locked into an animation.

Mixed together with the melee arena combat are a plethora of action movie moments such as shooting down helicopters with a mounted turret, and some light platforming and puzzle elements. The variety is great and helped alleviate much of the monotony that otherwise would have occurred from a strictly combat focus through the 6-7 hour campaign.

While it won't win any graphics awards, this is actually a rather decent looking title. The environments in particular have a lot of detail put into them, and when the camera pans out for a vista it's a gorgeous site. For a budget title it's pretty impressive, but what I thought was most clever was how instead of using costly animation for the cutscenes, the majority are instead done as freeze frame 3D stills that the camera then slowly sifts through, using dynamic angles and purposely placed obstructions to allow for the scene without you actually seeing them do it. It's a neat idea and I have to applaud the developers for their ingenuity, even if it's a little jarring at times.

I'm not sure how many more ways I can say it at this point; Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death is plain uncomplicated fun. In the same way a dumb summer blockbuster is enjoyable, Marlow doesn't need to be original or perfectly polished to be entertaining. It's a nonsensical adventure that I think almost anyone could enjoy if they can give it a chance, and quite frankly is some of the most fun I've had with any video game in a long time.

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1,120 of 1,382 people (81%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 21, 2014
i thought this game was a basketball game
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106 of 112 people (95%) found this review helpful
90 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 13, 2015
If you ever played God of War and then you think to yourself "Oh man, I wish I could play as a black guy with ancient shaman powers who wields a shapeshifting scythe, have to master the four elements, save his girlfriend from being kidnapped and save the world while there are explosions everywhere!".

Then this one's for you.
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114 of 125 people (91%) found this review helpful
96 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 7, 2015
It's like God of War meeting Cory in the House
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88 of 94 people (94%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 22, 2014
What. The. ♥♥♥♥.
Seriously: what the ♥♥♥♥?
Why is this game a very decent God of War clone?
Why does the combat feel weightier than most God of War clones?
Why does the writing make you laugh, both intentionally and unintentionally?
Why does James Hong voice act in this game?
Why does this game run so well on my rig?
Why aren't there more B-movie, blacksploitation games?
WHY THE ♥♥♥♥ IS THIS GAME GOOD?!
And when does the sequel come out?!
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111 of 133 people (83%) found this review helpful
37 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
I usually write up big reviews but you should only look at Marlow's smile at the preview pic. Doesn't feel like buying it yet? Look at it again, then again...you'll feel like buying it sooner or later.

This game is so good that I'll ♥♥♥♥ing buy ten copies at it at the holiday sale and give em to random people.


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71 of 79 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2013
Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death is a fast-paced third person hack'n'slash game by Slovenian developer ZootFly which didn't catch a lot of attention among PC gamers at its release. Making use of pretty much all of the popular clichés, the game is filled with mindless over-the-top action, tons of explosions and hilarious puns without ever taking itself seriously at any point.

The story proves this instantly: Your girlfriend translates ancient scripts for a rich company mogul somewhere in Central America. You visit her and she explains to you how her boss is up to no good because he wants to perform a ritual that would make him a powerful god and ruler of the world. So you try to take here with you back home, which her boss obviously doesn't like, so he gets you killed with an ancient scythe, not knowing that it is imbued with power that resurrects you and summons the Mask of Death, your new companion on your path to rescue your girlfriend and stop the bad boss.

The game is based on ZootFly's own proprietary, multi-platform engine called ZEN, which doesn't really provide any PC graphics options other than resolution, fullscreen and brightness. That's a shame because the game could've definitely used some AA, which would make the colorful and detailed enviroments look even better than they already do.

While the level design as such is pretty linear, which tends to get boring after a while in a lot of games, ZootFly actually managed to add quite a lot of variety to it. Throughout the game you will encounter combat arenas, puzzles, deadly death traps, quick-reaction minigames, turret sequences and even some top-down shoot-em-up action. This sounds like a weird mix of gameplay elements but is incorporated extremely well into the game, so you never have the feeling that it is out of place.

Combat and controls are exactly like what you would expect from a game like this. Throughout the story, you get access to 4 different and upgradable weapons, each of them with a variety of combos to deliver maximum damage. Additionally, by defeating the ancient gods of fire, earth, water and wind, you unlock their devastating ground attacks, which can help you out of tricky situations or simply cause widespread carnage when facing many of the varying enemies at once.

The puzzle elements in the game mostly consist of moving blocks on trigger platforms or flipping switches to open doors and while they never are overly challenging they actually provide a welcome change to the otherwise extremely fast-paced gameplay, so you can take a short break from all the action.

Usually, with a low-budget title like this, the soundtrack and voice acting are two of the things where the developer tries to save money. Surprisingly enough, the soundtrack is actually pretty decent and, paired with the level design, builds up a really good atmosphere. While the dialogues are a bit cheesy at times, the voice acting itself is good and fits perfectly to the game characters, especially to Marlow and the Mask, who are constantly teasing each other verbally. That makes for some hilarious puns even in the weirdest situations. For example, while you are climbing a stone wall that is about to collapse and kill you, you are arguing with the Mask about who is whose sidekick in this game.

With around 8 hours of playtime for the story, the game provides an extremely decent bang for the buck and if you want to test your skills further, you can give the Challenge mode a shot where you replay the minigames from the story to achieve better scores and times to rank up in the online leaderboards.

Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death is cheesy. It's mindless. It's over-the-top action. But that is exactly what makes the game so enjoyable and so much fun and it's great to see some developers going bonkers with their games without trying to be serious, dramatic or mature. If something like this is right up your alley, make sure to check the game out!

Oh, did I mention that you can ride giant scorpions in the game?
Because you can!
FRIGGIN' GIANT SCORPIONS!
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267 of 385 people (69%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 26, 2014
It's God of War, starring SOME GUY

And it's awesome.
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54 of 60 people (90%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death is a third person hack and slash, action adventure that is probably the closest thing to God of War on the PC. It is fantastic game in general, let alone the budget price. It has over the top action, which means plenty of explosions and crazy moments like Marlow hanging from a helicopter and he needs to dodge left or right. The game plays great, the graphics are amazing. The camera will zoom out for you to see beautiful vistas, foreboding caverns and giant industrial complexes. There is a scope and scale to this game. You can be so tiny in a grand complex and you feel it. The game really shines with its gameplay diversity. You won't just be hacking and slashing. There are fun turret sections, plenty of not too difficult platform traversal, climbing, swinging, running from boulders, pushing objects, sliding down areas, working turnstile levers and even playing a top down vertical scrolling shooter. These other elements bring a lot of diversity to break up the brawling.

The story is simple and so bad its good. You're Marlow, visiting his girlfriend in a remote jungle, so she can quit her job working for an evil madman bent on immortality. To show her he means business, he kills you right then and there to kick off the game. Marlow gets killed with a magical artifact and the mask of Death resurrects him. So now with crazy magical powers, Marlow must save his girlfriend. The mask will guide Marlow along the way. There is a lot of humor between Marlow and the mask. Its not a comedy game, but has dabs of humor here and there. Marlow Briggs knows how implausible the situation is and doesn't always take things seriously. The mask is there to aide and taunt Marlow when he dies. To show the game's humor, the antagonist is named Heng Low. He makes some great announcements throughout the game, such as, "all personnel, go grab a gun. There's a nice reward for killing Marlow Briggs. You can use that reward to pay for the weapon rental." Oh and "All employees are fired, please avoid flaming death traps and bottomless pits on your way out."

The core game play is simple. You can move, double jump, weak attack, strong attack, grapple, block, roll in any direction with the right analog stick, use magic by pressing two buttons and change weapons with the D-pad. Marlow will get four weapons throughout the game. Each weapon has a different speed, range and damage, but for the most part they are pretty much the same. When he attacks he'll swirl around, causing beautiful death. Its visually appealing. There are four spells to earn. A fiery meteor shower in a circle, earth spikes in a straight line, frost to freeze a radius of enemies and a storm. Every enemy gives you experience to upgrade your weapon and magic levels. It seems like every spell depletes all your mana. Luckily each dead enemy brings you health and mana. There is plenty of mana, health and experience around each level. You just need to hold a button to absorb it, so if an enemy is around, they can keep you from getting them. Enemies can be grappled and thrown, but more interesting, they can be converted, making them fight for you! Your block can reflect projectiles if you time it right and you have magical projectiles of your own.

It is all a nice system, made even more enjoyable by a wide cast of enemies. The standard soldiers don't use guns, just machetes since this is a hack and slash. Rocket launchers that need you to reflect. Riot troops that need to have their shields knocked away with specific attack combos. Bugs that can be easily squashed. There are plenty of mini bosses that show up in the game. First they get their own fight, but then they appear later as common enemies. When most of the mini bosses get weak, you can hop on and control them. Not like the conversion, but rode. You can ride a giant scorpion and control it to kill enemies. You can ride giants the same way. The visual is better than the actual fun. I could kill the enemies a lot quicker without being on top of slow lumbering giants.

Speaking of giants, then there are the game's big bosses. The bosses so big that you're as tall as a single eye. Each big boss has many parts and they're quite memorable. Its all simple pattern recognition though so its easy enough once you figure out the pattern. The only problem is that you don't do much damage. At the end there is even a quick time event or mash the grapple button.

You have NO control over the camera. It is always carefully placed and follows you well enough. I only had a problem with that once or twice in the whole game. The load times are hid. I didn't notice one at all unless I came back to a save. Dying has a really quick reload time to the point its just a quote, then you respawn from the last frequent checkpoint. Its so nice to be back in the action.

To keep things interesting, there are challenges in the game. Things like you're sliding down a hill and need to move left and right. The challenge is collecting all the experience orbs! Don't collect them all? You can restart or just keep playing. You can kill all the helicopters in the turret section or the town down shooter section. It adds an extra level of challenge to what would be an easy game on normal (medium) difficulty. Even though the game stays the same level of difficulty, the later areas just take longer. Bigger enemies take more damage. Puzzles take longer.

Other elements in the game have players jumping between three mine carts to avoid obstacles. Floating with angels wings between platforms. Swimming through a swinging guillotine river. Climbing wall vines, killing worms. Inching with Marlow's back to the wall to avoid either falling or gears. Clinging to cliff sides. Dodging flaming wrecking balls. Turret shooting the pistons on a giant lava scooper as you ride around a cart. Getting chased by helicopters. Seeing giant scorpions get crushed by huge boulders completely unscripted. Escaping under a door by rolling just before spikes crushed the enemies in the room. Fighting enemies on a helipad as it flipped and flew through the air. Seeing the giant facility Marlow is in was really mobile with treads.

It all feels like a high budget game in a lot of ways, but lacking in a few, especially the cut scenes. There aren't many animated cut scenes, but the majority of the scenes are fly around of scenes. Its like bullet time. You'll see a still frame circling around Marlow as he's hacked through a flame throwing soldier. As the camera swings around, it will reveal a helicopter. Then Marlow leaping from the copter, only to swing around and show Marlow slashing through an insect. I'm happy that the cut scenes are the worst part of the game, especially since they're skipable. They spent the time in the animation, character models and gameplay.

The game is well worth the $5 price tag it currently has. I am shocked this game doesn't have a cult following or more popularity. Even with a 7 hour run time and not too much frills for any replay value, I think this could stand shoulder to shoulder with God of War. The diversity really kept me engaged. Nothing overstayed its welcome. 7 hours was the right time. Its best to leave players wanting more. Odd now Steam says that I only played 5 hours. Oh steam.
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[FE]Dr-Zakoota
7.0 hrs
Posted: September 12
good game if u like hack and slash .. and dont want to waste time in wandering like in Dark siders .
and i love that "CHU CHU" :D
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Ltm1900
6.0 hrs
Posted: September 10
If you are looking for a fast paced hack and slash game, not challenging your skill too much but still requires basic control, try this one.

Fight isthe center of gam,e and it feels good. You have 3 weapons to choice, blade is fast, whip makes more range, axe does more damage. Use them wisely to kill different kind of enemies, and don't forget 4 mana attack. Sometimes you need to mount your enemies rather kill them.

The puzzles are simple, it doesn't take long for me to solve them, but I did repeat several times because there usually are time limitation.

This game also has many old-school mini games. Slide/run game, defense game, even arcade fly shooting game.

It's not some major developer's game that draws everyone's attention. It has minor glitches, but they won't stuck your game progress so play with confidence. View angel also needs to be changed in some places. But I believe this game has much more merits than defects. You can hardly find 5 bucks game as good as this one nowadays.

I enjoyed 6 hours of my playtime. Beat the game, feeling great.

Recommend.
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BALLOONY
9.6 hrs
Posted: September 6
I've done it, awesome game. buy it, worth 5 dollars.
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Kargor
11.7 hrs
Posted: August 29
Well, first of all -- everyone says that this is a "budget" title, but I fail to see how that would affect anything. If a game is good then it's good, and if it's bad then it's bad. For me, there is no "goodness/dollar" value.

Having said that, I'm giving it a thumbs up. It has it's flaws -- like, for example, I'm not going to play through the full game again and again just to get the "all collectibles" achievement, and this must be the most "on rails" game I've ever played -- you don't even have camera controls. However, it plays nicely for the most part, looks good, and the voice acting is well done. While I wasn't generally a big fan of Evas notes, everything else like the villain himself, the announcements to the workers, and the chitchat between Marlow and his mask more than make up for that.

Also, while some people dislike the cutscenes, I actually liked them. They are still images, but they don't "flip" or anything -- it's one long camera swoop around and through the scene while things are changing "offscreen". Looks rather nice if you ask me. The beginning and the end of the game are "real", animated and voice-acted cutscenes, though.
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spanielears
9.1 hrs
Posted: August 27
Long story short, if you like the God of war games on playstation you should enjoy this game, it plays pretty much the same.
This is like the b movie equivalent of triple a games but it's an absolute gem, so much fun, over the top action and looks and plays really well. It's not a very long game but for the price it's fantastic value and well worth a playthrough.
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BodyHairMaster
1.5 hrs
Posted: August 23
The true God of War game you've always wanted
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louterrence1
6.4 hrs
Posted: August 14
I had a good time playing this god of war type game. I played for a little while and couldn't put it down. this game is simple and good like pringles. looking for a simple beat em up buy this
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ZFarronWallace
3.1 hrs
Posted: August 13
Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death is an action adventure hack and slash made by Zootfly games released on September 20th, 2013. Is this game just another mediocre God of War clone, or does it rise above that by being a hilarious and self aware budget game? Spoilers: it does.

Story: Marlow Briggs takes place in South America, where your ladyfriend is translating ruins for a crazy businessman. When she tries to quit working for him, our protagonist Marlow is stabbed by a ancient Mayan weapon and killed. He is brought back to life by a talkative mask and goes out to kill the bad guy and save the girl. Pretty normal stuff. Anyway, it doesn't take itself seriously, and I did get quite a few laughs from the magical mask, who acts as the comic relief throughout the game, and gets some good banter with Marlow. Also the evil businessman is absolutely amazing, he has enough ham to feed a West Virginia family reunion (In case you didn't know, that is a lot of ham) It might not make much sense, but I had fun, and that's what matters.

Graphics: Looks great, lots of colors, good animations for Marlow's attacks. Very few options on PC but runs smoothly, so I didn't mind. Not much to say here. One quick sidenote, why are some people saying the graphics in this are bad? It's a budget game, 15 bucks at launch man. Are people comparing this game's graphics to AAA 60 dollar games? Cause that doesn't make a whole lotta sense.

Gameplay: The God of War comparison is easy to make, and it certainly follows the formula. Light and heavy attacks, combos, health and mana items, all of that stuff. Not being an expert at God of War (or any game, for that matter) I don't know the small details, for instance if the 43rd frame of Marlow's combo ruins the game or any super indepth thing like that. I can tell you the combat is smooth and responsive on keyboard and mouse, combos feel very natural to pull off, dodging works effortlessly, and magic attacks feel very powerful and satisfying. It also has quite a bit of variety, platforming, very basic puzzle solving, and turret sections that don't overstay their welcome. Everything in this game works well, and controls pretty much perfectly. Here's a quick side thing, I didn't try using a controller, because the keyboard and mouse worked perfectly. As a guy raised on consoles, it's rare where I play an action game that feels flawless on Keyboard and mouse.

Length and replay value: The game takes about 7.5 hours to beat, probably less if you don't suck as badly as myself. Not many reasons to replay unless you want to beat the game on hard mode.

Should you get it? If you like fun games, I'd recommend it. If you don't like fun games, buy Call of Duty Ghosts instead. Just kidding! Even if you hate video games, don't buy Call of Duty Ghosts. Buy Marlow Briggs and give it to someone who likes games.

Thanks for reading my review! My friend and I also have a youtube channel called, "CultGamerAlliance". Check it out if you get a chance!
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Tikwid
9.8 hrs
Posted: August 9
Awesomely good God of War rip-off that knows it's a ripoff and quickly moves past it. The cutscenes are unintentionally hilarious and it only makes the game even more enjoyable. You will be shocked at the strange combination of hilariously bad story and unironically amazing gameplay. You'll love every minute of it. Honestly, I give it a ten outta ten.
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