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.
User reviews: Very Positive (902 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 20, 2013

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"A low budget but surprisingly enjoyable spectacle fighter. Astonishingly stupid but revels in its own b-movie leanings."
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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
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
A cheesy B movie like video game both humourous and frustrating at times but overall very enjoyable.

Pros
- It doesn't take itself too seriously and that's a good thing.
- Beautiful envrions and vistas.
- Humourous banter between the mask and Marlow.
- Fun and competent fighting engine\combo system albiet with limited depth.
- Doesn't crash and is fkn cheap. (IMO it's worth more than $5)

Cons
- Level design. Some strange placement of invisible walls got me killed a few times.
- Too many HP\MP refills, maybe it's needed for Hard but on Normal there're too many in close proximity of each other.
- Too much cool stuff occurs during the cutscenes and I wished that we were the ones creating the shown mayhem.

Limitations
- Limited options menu, like not much there...AT ALL
- Weapon upgrades, by the end of the game I had so much experience points and nothing to upgrade

Verdict
- Fun and enjoyable GoW clone that doesn't take itself too seriously and is ridiculously cheap.

Rating
- 7.5 / 10 (That ending credits though, I was almost at the top dammit)
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Silly dialogues, B-movie like story that will make you laugh and sometimes the events don't make sense...

BUT!
This game is great fun. With the right mindset you won't be annoyed with some of it's shortcomings.
A great hack and slash especially for the low price I got it for.

It has challenges, some puzzles (easy but nice as a variation) some jumping/climbing/hanging around.
The pace is just spot on, not dragging on too long and just gets on with it.

Bonus points for all those crazy explosions. Mr. Bay would be proud!

So I fully recommend this game if you just want some mindless fun.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
It's a fun game filled with testosterone, and in no way serious, a good way to spend a sunday afternoon
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
If you've ever wanted to play a Michael Bay movie then this is the game for you.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
jax's standalone origin story fares better than sub-zero's and is actually fun and funny which as a jaded & perpetually upset gamer is very confusing to me
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Holy crap. 10/10 best game under $5.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7Nb0falM4w&list=PLTj9drPC92M2iXZVy0bCpf02SUE8zLaKG


Marlow Brggs and the Mask of Death is hack and slash-esque platformer, with
minimal options for attack, and repetitive attacks. There are also limited puzzles,
and a few turret sections. The music, while respectable, was not used appropriately
to emphasize action or atmosphere as you progress through the game. There are
leaderboards for those that enjoy them, and challenge areas that require a different
style of combat both to change up the standard hack and slash feel, and to offer
a harder level of difficulty for those looking to increase their leaderboard rankings.

The graphics look good, and the story is decent,
with eclectic comedic aspects that come off as more corny than the game was trying for.
The game doesn't take itself too seriously, which is good, but it has clung to certain
stereotypes such as "rescue the princess" that are overdone in many adventure games.

The level design is vast and impressive, but there is a certain suspension of
disbelief required in the physics. Some may find no fault in a full on battle while
flying through the air, but most would probably question how the characters aren't
thrown to their deaths. The platforming is where this game excels in content.
They are designed very well, and you will spend more time platforming through the world
than doing anything else. There is a major problem with the camera angle, however, making it
difficult to see distances when platforming, and seeing enemies due to the angle. it
takes away from the immersion into the game, and requiring memorization of challenges
rather than going with the flow of the adventure. I go more in depth into this
problem in the video for those that would like a visual example.

The combat in the game falls short of what it could be; the weapons all
essentially do the same thing, with differences in range or speed. As you progress
through the game, the enemies require more button smashing to defeat rather than any
tactics or response to their abilities. There are spells in the game, but they all
cost an excessive amount of mana, couldn't be used often, and have little effect or
damage to the enemy, taking away from the fluidity of the game.

The game has good graphics, but has a lot of issues. The story doesn't propel
you forward, and doesn't encourage an emotional connection. The battles lack fluidity
and the camera view makes it more repetitive than immersive. I never felt the game
was wasting my time, but I felt it was more boring than challenging. You spend more
time platforming through the world than in combat. If you expect more from games, then
good chance you will not enjoy this game, but if you are easily amused then this should
be good enough for you to enjoy.

For more details, see the linked video review, as this is a basic summary of
what I cover in my video.

Thanks for your viewership and support for more videos check click here.

http://www.youtube.com/user/SocioPyscho
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
this game is like sexed confusing and boring but hey beats learing math
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0 of 6 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
I can barely get through the first section of the game because of crashes and slowdown. I would try to lower the graphics options but there aren't any. If I had know this I would not have bought the game. I tried editing the game configuration files to turn off some of the special effects or turn off shadows but it doesn't really work. The part of the game I managed to play to is impossible to pass because of the lag and crashing. So theres nothing I can do until I get a better computer. It's a shame. The game seems like a modern day God of War.
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3 of 19 people (16%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Bad story, bad grafik...
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7.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Decided to write a small opinion about the game since almost no-one from my friendlist have it in their library.

tl;dr: I liked it. Really funny spectacle fighter/brawler game.

More:
It's a your-standard-generic-brawler game, like any DmC or Batman games this days, yet it offers a nice original story to it placed in Mayan ruins (or Aztecs, or Toltecs, or w/e ;)). There are small glitches here and there, the combat system is not as refined as in DmC, but it was a pleasure playing it.

You are a man who visits your Ancient South America (later referred to as ASA) linguist girlfriend and suddenly you are killed because reasons (not only monsters, but people as well don't like you in this game). However, the weapon you were killed with was possessed by some god of ASA and he recognizes you as The Spirit Warrior who will bring peace to this part of Earth. And so you get resurrected and have a scythe to get through hoardes of mercenaries, possessed mercenaries, ASA warriors and other monsters and gods from ASA believes.

During your progress you get more weapons (in total: scythe, rouge-like weapon - my fav, whip with a blade and warhammer with one side bladed) as well as learn some magic by defeating gods (fire, earth, ice and wind). Spells are summoned by using mana.

You replenish you health by collecting red orbs/masks and mana by collecting blue ones. Your abilities can by upgraded by collecting enough of yellow ones. However the upgrades are simple: each weapon and spell has three levels, and with each level you get more dmg with it, unlock 2 new moves and your health or mana base value gets higher. It's much simpler than in e.g. Darksiders: there you needed to think what to put your exp into, but here, as the weapons and spells are added to your arsenal in balanced manner, almost always you'd get one thing upgraded before having the other one obtained. With that in mind, the fight system is extremely expanded and the actions you get through sometimes are the typical Hollywood star Bruce Willis level of awesomeness actions.

The biggest issue I had with the game was the mana system. When you are fully upgraded you get to fire exactly 2 spells. But the mana bar doesn't indicate you in any way if you have enough mana to cast the spell, so you mash the buttons once or twice trying to see if it can work. As stated previously, mana is obtainable in form of blue masks (placed directly on map) or blue orbs (flying out of defeated opponent). As fights are mostly in closed area arenas with god-knows-how-much-opponents going to jump at you in next wave (if there will be any, who knows), you try to limit the usage of blue masks nearby. After you die two or three times to some bigger tank monsters and even start using the masks because why the hell not, you find yourself in a place where you need a smallest amount of mana to use the spell one more time, but it doesn't regenerate in time, and isn't replenished with inflicted damage, so you spend time and time until you finish the monster, and voila, blue f-ing orbs which you don't need anymore. And before next fight it is certain that more than one blue mask will appear.

Another problem I had were some mini-missions/challenges where you would slide down and had to avoid rocks, pits etc. Alice: Nightmare Returns had some similar sequences, but in here the time between when you push the jump button and when it is registered by the character in game was many times too big for me and I've spent countless times on some of those agility jobs.

And one smallest issue: the game needs some power to run smoothly. On my machine DmC was running 60fps on 1080p max settings while this one had to be changed to 720p and some of the graphic options needed to be disabled. I know that Unreal Engine which DmC was running on was tended professionally through years, and I have no idea what was Marlow Briggs build on, but I would expect a little more from the game fidelity.

Except of those two and a half points above the game was really nice: the story was addictive, the fight system, combos included, was sensationally developed and fluent, graphics caught your eyes and had some great sceneries and the music was always on spot. Also, your mask-god companion has a great sense of sarcastic humour and the voice acting for it is great, so you don't get bored.

Having in mind that it is actually a budget game (€5 without a sale) this is probably one of the best fun to price factor games you can get right now.

I do recommend this totally underestimated game, give it some love, ref!
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8.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
A silly, stupid, very fun game. A low-budget game done well, doesn't drag on, and is absolutely worth a playthrough.
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6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Short, sweet and stupid. A shockingly enjoyable low budget game that is more polished than you'd anticipate. If you enjoyed the combat of God of War, the destroy everything in the jungle excess of Just Cause and the stupid humour of early playstation titles? Then this will do you very well indeed
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6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
Simply put, it's a God of War-style game that doesn't give a single damn about it. Cheesy, funny and highly recommended!
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8.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
It was like being at the front seat of a basketball game that was directed by Michael Bay and happened to have giant helicopters and bugs.
10/10
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0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
The Good:
* Fun environments and action cutscenes
* Decent sound and characters
* Great production values and campy action movie fun

The Bad:
* Probably plays better with a gamepad
* Feels very console like
* Some cheap deaths and overly hard jumping puzzles

Background: Bought for pennies in a steam sale

Impressions: Very impressive game for a budget price. The action cutscenes are over the top and fun with random explosions and yelling.

Recommended for: Those who like 3rd person console-like action run around games with a sense of humour

Conclusion: 6/10. MoowhooWah Ha Ha.
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57 of 77 people (74%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
This game is the true cinematic experience that so called 'AAA' games claim to offer. While having a typical God of War-like combat system (not like these AAA games try to be original with their gameplay/combat), i offsets it by having some cool looking weapons and attacks. To top it off Marlow is a lovable hero unlike that moronic man-child Kratos, and to top it off he's the kind of diverse ethincy video character that AAA games sadly shy away from.
In addition, despite being a low budget game, the developers did an EXCELLENT job with some of the scenery and set pieces (check my online album of the game on Steam for some examples).

The game's plot is simple:
Lo Pan kidnaps Marlow's woman and leaves him for dead by having an ancient scythe weapon lodged onto Marlow's chest. Unbeknownst to Lo Pan, the scythe then resurrects Marlow with the help of an ancient Incan (or Mayan, I forget) King, shown in this game as being a disembodied skull voiced by Steve Blum.

As Marlow travels to save his love, he gains more weapons and abilities to waste Lo Pan's army and the nightmarish oversized insects and phantoms that get in his way.

I'd recommend playing on Easy, because enemies tend to take a lot of hits before they die on Normal.
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37 of 44 people (84%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Love God of War, gratuitous explosions, fire, mayan ruins and sidekicks/villains with ridiculous dialogue? Have an Xbox controller? Marlow Briggs is the game for you, especially now that it can be cheaper than a coffee at Timmies. I enjoyed it enough to finish it twice.
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54 of 77 people (70%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
77 minutes in and this game has more explosions than a micheal bay film

10/10
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