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

“GAME OF THE MONTH”
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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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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Slammaster
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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limelight1210
5.7 hrs
Posted: August 6
It's like the Just Cause version of God of War.
Plays exactly like GoW.
Nice graphics, great orchestral music and tight controls.
It doesn't take itself too seriously.
It's really fun.
Takes about 5 hours to beat.
It's awesome.
Just buy it.

WHY YOU NO MAKE SEQUEL????????
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Fluff-E-Kitty
2.8 hrs
Posted: July 31
Its like a B list action movie that got way more funding then it expected so thay blow everyhitng up.

on paper this game sucks. But its actly rather good as it knows it horribule.
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Imperial Lapdog
1.3 hrs
Posted: July 24
I think I bought this on sale... yes! cheaper than $5 USD. Worth every penny. Campy fun for the ... 1.3 hours i spent playing it until i got frustrated with some dumb mechanic and i decided to finish watching the game on youtube. If i would have had more patience that day, I would have played through it. Cheap game with throwaway story, but not bad!
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Plastron
7.2 hrs
Posted: July 22
this is a really fun god of war clone that has a dumb, made-for-syfy-channel movie plot. also steve blum gets to do a goofy sidekick voice instead of snarling spike spiegel like in other games.
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Shogotsu
2.9 hrs
Posted: July 22
At first it is a good cheap game but the longer you play you see more and more bugs. You will most likely die in middle of jump for no reason or a giant scorpion might kill you by hitting ground and even if the attack misses you by few dozen feet you will still recieve the damage for no reason. Sometimes your attacks do damage as intended but when your combo meter hits over 160 hits and the normal enemy that usually dies at 20 hits max is standing in front of you, you start to wonder how is this even possible. This game would get my recommendations if the bugs were ironed out but as it is now I can't seriously recommend it.
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Ghost of Bukowski
16.0 hrs
Posted: July 21
IT'S GRILLING TIME!

Finished this right now and just want to say it's GREAT.

It's the awesome kind of B-movie script and game, an action brawler to entertain you at every turn, with easy to string together moves, a nice variety of over-the-top combos, some fire magic to BBQ your enemies, and more. You can button mash if you're not that good with moves, or you can put together more challenging combos - everyone can have fun with it.

You're also joined by your guide, an ancient sarcastic mask that will give you a few chuckles here and there. Also: Did I mention that the good ol' LO PAN actor from Big Trouble in Little China is the antagonist? And makes one hell of a job voicing him?

Trust me, play this if you just want to HAVE FUN and not think too much. I got it in a bundle a long time ago, but this is absolutely worth the full price for how much fun it is. Most definitely recommended.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
It's like the Just Cause version of God of War.
Plays exactly like GoW.
Nice graphics, great orchestral music and tight controls.
It doesn't take itself too seriously.
It's really fun.
Takes about 5 hours to beat.
It's awesome.
Just buy it.

WHY YOU NO MAKE SEQUEL????????
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
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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279 of 308 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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.

You can read more of my writing on Kritiqal.
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1,114 of 1,373 people (81%) found this review helpful
34 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 21, 2014
i thought this game was a basketball game
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102 of 108 people (94%) found this review helpful
87 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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112 of 122 people (92%) found this review helpful
92 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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85 of 91 people (93%) found this review helpful
14 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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110 of 131 people (84%) found this review helpful
35 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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266 of 383 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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