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My Brute Review

By , on March 18, 2010


My Brute
Download on the AppStore
4 out of 5

PROS

  • Excellent visuals.
  • Visual customization.
  • Lots of unlockables.

CONS

  • Gameplay is limited per day.
  • Not much to do.

VERDICT

Games like My Brute can be lots of fun, but limiting gameplay when charging for the initial download will turn a lot of people off.


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My Brute is a combat and levellng game in the same genre as games like Mafia Wars. You create a character and academy, and then fight other real opponents around the world to level up, and achieve new techniques and weapons. Like Mafia Wars, you only have a certain number of fights you can engage in each day, but can purchase the ability to play more via ingame DLC.

The game is pretty much on auto pilot. The fights themselves are taken care of via the computer and all you can do is watch. As you level up, you gain weapons and new techniques that you can use to give you an edge. Also, via special code, you can become the pupil of any other player in the game, which gives access to new items.

The uses a very pleasing anime influenced art style, with amusing animations during the fights. The brutes also have a large amount of character customization available, with other aesthetic upgrades for purchase at the store. You can create nine brutes, so the five fights a day doesn't seem too bad if you're training up a whole dojo.

My Brute is very fun, visually pleasing, and the amount of techiniques and weapons makes you want to see what your brute will learn next. The five fights a day would be tolerable if the game was free, but My Brute does cost you a few dollars so the idea of limited play leaves a bitter taste when other games use the 'pay to play more' system from a free download stand point. Still, this is a well made game, that might make it worth the purchase for some.

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Comments

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rekz 3 years, 2 months ago

Thanks for your review -- however, this so-called 'game' *does not* deserve a 4star review.  It might deserve a 2 or 3 -star review, because it is average looking -- It has nice graphics, annoying music, ok sounds, and the interface is smooth -- if it was a 'game'.  But I say it barely deserves 2 stars because I'm not sure it meets the requirements of a 'game'.  I was lucky & dloaded it for free, so I didn't feel bad deleting it ASAP.
I deleted this app after 1 day as soon as I discovered ... you don't do a single thing in the game except make a doll (or 'toon' or 'avatar') & then choose opponents!  This Youtube video shows the game at lvl 9999  -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIoReR6FEkk   Does this look like a 4 star game to you?  Not me.
Sorry, I like my games to *have an actual game* where I'm required to do something significant regularly, something decisive & strategic, something that shows I'm playing & not watching the computer playing with itself.  This sad 'game' has nothing going for it because the horrible (so-called) game design of "make a leaderboard, show who's on there, and fight my avatar against their avatar" is a weak game design which is flawed when the game devs forget to make anything else besides that.  Most of those games let you make some character development decisions, no?  Maybe not, I don't know.  I don't care -- for me, these games are stupid, pointless, timewasting activities that lack all the redeeming qualities I seek in a game (namely a mental challenge, a variety of outcomes which my actions influence, a lesson in strategy, a lesson in tactics, trading, exploration, some rules (??), etc etc).
In this 'game', you cannot make ANY decisions except character name & design.  ZERO.  You can make 4 characters (or 5 if you pay for an extra slot).  Wow!  After playing "My Brute" for a few levels, I kept thinking, "Ok, so where IS the game?  Where is the game?  Did I download the April Fool's version of the game?"   It's like "Where's Waldo" trying to find the game in this app!  And no, this is not an April Fools joke, there is no secret 'play the game button'; this is all there is.  Have your dolls automatically fight other dolls up to 4x a day by clicking the 'fight' button and watching if you win.
Here's the summary of the gameplay:  make an Avatar's look & give it a name.  You're done doing anything creative now.  From here, click 'fight', and do it over & over again an infinite number of times.
Gee, sounds fun?  NOT.
Dave, how did this 'game' get 4 stars!??!?!!?!?  Even as a free app (which it is right now), how can this be a 4 star game?!?  I hope you got bribed!  If not, I suggest you re-rank this game down a couple notches & protect your reputation as a game reviewer!
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andrew 3 years, 2 months ago

It's not our policy to over-rule the opinions of a reviewer once they've been published - the individual reviewer can reassess their review, but seeing as I never played the game I can't speak to Dave's opinion directly. Take in to account the age of this beast as well - this is pre-Canabalt, pre-Angry Birds... pretty much the dark days of the App Store. It was better than average for its time, but after almost two years it pales in to comparison to what we have.
 
Never forget there's context to take in to account for a review - if I were to review it again now I doubt I'd be giving it such praise as well, but that's how things go ;)