Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 51 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 51
  2. Negative: 0 out of 51
  1. Jan 3, 2014
    90
    One of the best games that you can buy for your new Xbox One is an inexpensive download.
  2. Dec 24, 2013
    90
    With gorgeous visuals, inventive puzzles, and a fresh creative take on the platformer genre, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is a welcome addition to the Xbox arsenal.
  3. 90
    Perfectly priced, and long enough to leave you satisfied but with room for dessert, this is a fantastic family-friendly puzzler that deserves a place on every Xbox One.
  4. Dec 30, 2013
    85
    A highly satisfying platform game, with great graphics and an excellent level design. Max's magic marker control scheme sometimes gets in the way making some sections a little bit frustrating, but it's overall a brilliant game, surely worth your time if you love platform-puzzle games.
  5. Feb 16, 2014
    84
    Joyous puzzle-platformer with zero filler. [March 2014, p.82]
  6. 80
    The adventure doesn't have great replay value, but the first time through it's long enough, and the price of admission is absolutely worth it.
  7. Feb 28, 2014
    80
    With its charming art style, accessible gameplay, and just-on-the-right-side-of-frustrating puzzles, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is the perfect game for younger players hoping to try out the Xbox One.
  8. Feb 25, 2014
    80
    In the end, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is a fine game for puzzle platforming fans.
  9. 80
    A thoroughly entertaining adventure filled with clever and fun puzzles. There’s not a lot of similarities to its predecessor, but since pretty much every change is an improvement, we won’t complain.
  10. Feb 12, 2014
    80
    Even those brought up with more hardcore 2D platformers of the 8-bit and 16-bit era will find their skills tested. [Issue#144, p.106]
  11. Feb 11, 2014
    80
    It is a clever game, with a simple idea at it’s core, that consistently brings enough clever ideas to the table as it goes to remain captivating throughout.
  12. Jan 22, 2014
    80
    PressPlay delivers a smart platform with intriguing puzzles and a stunning look. It is too short, maybe, but really solid.
  13. Jan 17, 2014
    80
    Max: Curse Of Brotherhood is challenging, fun and ultimately enjoyable as it blends precision physics-based puzzles with beautiful visuals.
  14. Jan 7, 2014
    80
    Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is a nice, entertaining and clever platform puzzler. The developers at Press Play have done a great job creating a fun experience with a bunch of cool mechanics and solid game and level designs. If you're looking for something both classic and different to play with on your Xbox One, this is the perfect game for you.
  15. 80
    The “a-ha” moments when you successfully combine your various marker powers to navigate a pitch-black cave, escape the clutches of a pursuing beast, or access a seemingly out-of-reach ledge made us feel like Mensa members.
  16. Jan 2, 2014
    80
    Max: The Curse of Brotherhood oozes personality in both its design and gameplay. Sure, the idea of drawing your way out of puzzles is no longer a completely original one, but Max has puzzles that are so cleverly designed and fun to play through, that you forget this fact and focus on the fun you have solving each conundrum.
  17. Dec 31, 2013
    80
    For a forgiving and approachable puzzle-platformer, Max lands on his feet and brings us a fantastic gaming experience. Even at a price of $15 it is easy to recommend. Great for all ages, the plot is light and the puzzles are fun from an otherwise innocuous re-imagining of a touchscreen game.
  18. Dec 30, 2013
    80
    I couldn't have been more pleasantly surprised with Max: The Curse of Brotherhood. It’s a game full of wonder and magical moments, that while light on actual narrative, still delivers a world that is hard to forget.
  19. Dec 27, 2013
    80
    Somewhere between a homage to some classic platform games from the 80s-90s and an original take on the formula intertwined with puzzle elements, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is a short but entertaining experience.
  20. Dec 23, 2013
    80
    A vastly improved new installment of the 2010 game Max and the Magic Marker. Good platform and puzzle solving action with a neat atmosphere.
  21. Dec 22, 2013
    80
    Max: TCoB comes as a surprise, and manages to become a solid experience, an outstanding game in the overpopulated genre of platforming and puzzles.
  22. May 12, 2014
    76
    It’s not as fascinating as the touch (or gesture) based predecessor, but it is an interesting mixture of platforming and physics based puzzles nonetheless.
  23. Dec 30, 2013
    76
    In a raw battle between pros and cons, the pros for Max: The Curse of Brotherhood win the day, but the cons deliver ample opportunity for frustration. At the end of the day, this is a good addition to your digital collection.
  24. Jan 29, 2014
    75
    This is not a smooth platformer like Mario, but it is one where you really have to puzzle your way through. The cut scenes are a bit annoying, the story as well, but the gameplay is really loveable. It is fun to create different natural things with your magic marker and even though not everybody is a fan of the controls, we found them an creative and challenging in a positive way.
  25. Dec 26, 2013
    75
    If you have an Xbox One and are looking for a novel title to tie you over, I definitely recommend giving Max a shot.
  26. Dec 23, 2013
    75
    While the overall feel of Max: The Curse of Brotherhood might be a bit uneven, it’s well worth checking out for the moments that work.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 257 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 70
  2. Negative: 6 out of 70
  1. Dec 21, 2013
    8
    Wow! This is another pleasant surprise game for the xbox one. This is one of the best downloadable titles I've played on any system. TheWow! This is another pleasant surprise game for the xbox one. This is one of the best downloadable titles I've played on any system. The production values are pixar-like. This is a great old school platformer that focuses on gorgeous backgrounds, simple gameplay mechanics, tight controls, and putting a smile on your face. What I love is that this is a thinking sidescroller but it also flows well. Its not just one puzzle after another. The game has a strong sense of progression than just the puzzles themselves. Also, the gameplay is creative and unique. I hope, this company makes more games like this one or at least with the soul of this one. Also, I hope Microsoft continues to help fund projects like these! One of my favorite games in awhile!! Totally recommend!!! Full Review »
  2. Dec 21, 2013
    9
    Okay, honestly, this game was better than expected. I really love side strollers.
    It's real fun, and something different to offer. The story
    Okay, honestly, this game was better than expected. I really love side strollers.
    It's real fun, and something different to offer. The story is great, and one thing I really like is the gameplay, controls, and setting.
    It's worth it.

    Absolutely better than expected.
    Anyways, Merry Christmas everyone!
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  3. Dec 22, 2013
    10
    Amazing game with amazing pixar graphics, cool story which reminds me of old classical game stories, retro games on NES and SNES. AmazingAmazing game with amazing pixar graphics, cool story which reminds me of old classical game stories, retro games on NES and SNES. Amazing gameplay with awesome mechanics. The whole idea of the pencil drawing items in the real world is a good idea, and while it was decently accomplished on IOS and PC, the game is way more fun with its amazing graphics. Full Review »