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.
User Score
7.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 222 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 60
  2. Negative: 6 out of 60
  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. 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
    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 23, 2013
    8
    I just finished Max The Curse of Brotherhood, and completed all the achievements (1000/1000, plus the timed achievements), and obviously I liked the game quite a bit. It's an action platformer, and as you progress you gain different abilities in order to solve puzzles. Abilities include creating earth pillars, tree branches, vines, water rapids, and fireballs, and in many instances you have to combine several of these abilities in quick succession to progress through the game.

    The game looks good pretty much like a Pixar cinematic I really enjoyed the different scenes and little activities/details going on in the background while continuing through each level. The story itself was pretty much a throw-away for me. I didn't really care for it, but it was cute I guess. I didn't play the previous "Max" game.

    The game controls fairly well. It was frustrating at times, but that probably has more to do with me than the game. I don't play many platformers. Max uses a "magic marker" to draw different abilities, so you have to use the right trigger and the A button to draw things, and delete them using X with the right trigger. All-in-all it felt seamless. I never ran into an issue with not being able to draw things quickly while action was getting tense. There are some instances when the game goes into a sort of bullet-time mode, which gives you a few extra moments to draw things.

    There were set times when the game records your gameplay automatically, which I thought was cool. Instances when you're solving a puzzle for the first time get captured so your friends can see how good you were the first time around, or how bad you failed.

    Suffice it to say, because I was able to 100% the game, it must be somewhat easy. I feel like I got my money's worth, and would recommend this game if you've got an XB1 and you like platformers. I'd say it took me about 7-8 hours to fully complete the game/achievements, but I'm a very slow gamer. I like to explore until I get bored. If you're good, you can definitely finish this game in like 3-4 hours, if that. Getting all the achievements might take a little bit more time, but not much, I'm sure. Hope this helps.
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