This week’s Kickstarter Game of the Week is The Brigade by Red Genie Games!
I must admit that I was skeptical of this game at first glance. It’s a firefighting game set in a fantasy world where players take the role of fire wardens who must build the best fire brigade to save the town of Tinderbox from fireballs that are raining from the sky. Well. On paper, this game shouldn’t work based on that theme alone. It’s a doozy. But, for some reason, it just works. And it works really, really well.
I think the main reason the theme actually fits together is that The Brigade doesn’t take itself too seriously. From the trailer video, to the great stylized artwork, to the gameplay itself, it’s very self-aware and wink-wink-nudge-nudge about itself. After the first 15 seconds of the video, I was like, “Ohhhh. I get it now.” This game just gets it – and it looks so dang cool!
What’s especially appealing to me about the gameplay is that all players share the same gamestate. This might seem like a simple detail – but, oftentimes in games like this where players are managing resources and building an engine, players each have their own playing area and pretty much all of the player interaction is relegated to some convoluted worker placement mechanic or tacked on through interaction-specific cards or something. Sharing the same playing area (the town of Tinderbox) means that interaction is inherently built into the gameplay and I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the tile-placement element will feature much more interesting choices and strategies than in similar games.
Another thing that’s exciting about The Brigade is that — yes, it pits you against the fire — but it also pits players against one another. This sort of PvEvP setup is ridiculously fun when it’s done right, and it looks like The Brigade nails it perfectly. It’s always a good time when you’re playing a game and you’ve got to make a critical choice between strengthening your own engine or sabotaging your opponents’. And if that sort of gameplay isn’t your thing, then The Brigade has you covered with an additional co-operative rules variant AND a solo rules variant. *Eyes widen, and lip quivers* These guys thought of everything, and I can’t wait to get this game.
As of posting this, The Brigade is almost out of time on Kickstarter, with just 3 days left – so be sure to check it out now!
Until next time, gang. Keep it plucky,