Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is a cinematic adventure filled with action-packed platforming and creative puzzle-solving. Armed with only a Magic Marker, Max must confront evil at every turn in a hostile and fantastical world in order to save his kid brother, Felix. Join Max on his great adventure!
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (593 reviews) - 95% of the 593 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 21, 2014

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Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is a cinematic adventure filled with action-packed platforming and creative puzzle-solving. Armed with only a Magic Marker, Max must confront evil at every turn in a hostile and fantastical world in order to save his kid brother, Felix. Join Max on his great adventure!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3 or newer
    • Processor: Dual-Core 1.6 ghz / AMD Dual-Core Athlon 2.0ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD 4000 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX(r) compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or newer
    • Processor: Intel Core i3, 1.7ghz or faster
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GT 640 / Radeon HD 6750
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX(r) compatible
Helpful customer reviews
39 of 41 people (95%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2015
Max. You little pleasing title you. Sometimes, during a steam sale, I grab something that looks interesting and just hope it pans out. This game looked nice. Puzzley platformifisizing and all that. Figured, why not it's only $3.75. What a fantastic surprise.

If you are like me and tend to gravitate to action platforming a la Prince of Persia and Tomb Raider as well some some puzzling going on then this very well might fit in your library quite snuggly.

Max's brother is abducted by an evil villain named Mustachio - WARNING: This title is very anti-mustache and any facial hair aficionados might be offended. His lil bro is then sucked into a netherworld from which only Max can save him. I don't know why. If it was *my* little brother I would be turning his room into a new play room and stealing all his legos. But I suppose brotherly love must overcome and all that.

Off the bat you'll encounter some tutorials on drawing with your mouse or controller. Yep, I know it sounds bad, right? But it's actually pretty easy. I even did it entirely with my controller. You solve puzzles by drawing vines, branches, water spouts, exploding fire, earth columns, and probably some other stuff I have totally forgotten by now. These things you draw not only to solve puzzles but also to make up the framework for the platforming. The puzzles are good, some even causing me to say "what the..". While being somewhat casual a few will actually stump you for awhile. Now, the platforming is on the medium level until level 6 where is bumps up to a bit-more-than-medium, the majority of the tougher bits towards levels 5 and 6. And it's done well, usually with a giant monster chasing you. Very action oriented and guess what?...you have to solve puzzles on the fly while being chased by an evil monster and timing the platforming. YES. It's that type of game.

Is it hard? Before level 5 it is fairly casual gamer friendly. Level 5 requires more brain activity and Level 6 requires some quick maneuvering. The final boss is hardish, but once you figure out what to do it's a piece of cake. Hardness...7/10. For an extra challenge there are some artifacts and eyeball spy camera plants to uproot. I got some of those, but frankly my steam library is too damn big to try to 100% a lot of games. Time management yo.

Graphics are sorta kinda Pixar looking. They look great and run well. I would not say it was stunning, but definitely pretty. Had zero crashes using a few PC's and ran pretty well overall at 60 FPS with a mediorce system. Sounds are well done and the menus are easy to navigate. Save spots are set in good places, and I have to say it was a wonderful produced game all in all.

If you like action puzzle platformers, then give this a go. Wonderful title and quite enjoyable.
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20 of 20 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2015
SO. MUCH. FUN!

One of the reviews here said that if one enjoyed Tomb Raider, one would enjoy this title as well. I bought this game based on that review and I have to say, this has got to be one of the my favourite platformer games.

The gameplay is fun, unique and exciting. You have a magic pen that you can use to transform your environment into a platform for you to interact with and to help you on your journey to find your brother. I thought it would be awkward to try and draw things on screen with the controller, but I was wrong. It was easy and intuitive, one element that I enjoyed about the game.

+ Fun little puzzle-platformer.
+ Pretty graphics (like watching a cartoon).
+ Predictable but still enjoyable story.
+ Puzzles are mostly not too easy (though this could be a con for a kid).
+ Great voice acting.
+ Very forgiving checkpoints.
+ Tight controls.
+ Very well paced.

- Final boss fight is too short and too easy.
- Linear (though for this type of game, it is sort of expected).

I seriously hope there's a sequel. Would buy it in a heartbeat.

My Rating: 9/10
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2015
Dear Potential Buyer, do you have a sibling? If yes, GET THIS GAME. JUST BUY IT. Ask questions later. If no, GET THIS GAME ANYWAY JUST BECAUSE.

Max is a wonderful game. I cannot recommend it enough. Its exhilarating and absolutely fun. I cannot stress enough how fun this game is.

It starts off pretty chill and mellow, allowing you to get a handle on things. You have an infinite about of chances to carry on from your previous self-saving checkpoint (which is throughout several places in the game) so you don't ever have to go back and redo and entire portion of the game itself, this also applies when you exit and re-enter the game. Once you get further into the game, your item (a marker) gets better and the puzzles become a lot more complex, but not too much that its frustrating. There's no 'one' way to solve a particular puzzle, sometimes you can just get really creative with it and see how far that gets you.

YOU HAVE A MAGIC MARKER WHICH AIDS YOUR QUEST. A MAGICAL MAGIC MARKER! DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND THE HIDDEN PUN IN THIS GAME? Bloody hell. I love this idea of an actual magic marker. You're going to love it as well, it gets the neatest little upgrades as your progress and you even use it as a flashlight ._.

The controls are simple af, its so simple that you can actually play this on your laptop, with your touchpad and you'd still manage through this game without much of a sweat. Additionally, the graphics are amazing and it flows so well. Its like you're in a little cartoon with such an interesting plot!

That's not to say that this game is easy peasy. Going through this, the game makes having fun more important than the difficulty of challenges. Most you will find easy af while others will take some time (and dying) to get through.

I could go on forever about this game, but fear not! I won't. I snagged this game while it was on sale and its something I will never regret (and I am picky af when it comes to games). Its definitely worth getting. Even if you're not into platformers, I can guarantee that this game will leave you feeling satisfied. Give it shot. You won't regret it.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Masterpiece of Platformer Game
positive and colorful LIMBO with the magic marker!!!

7.5/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
A story of a brother that can easily cast a portal to send his annoying brother away with a spell he searched from google.
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