Mario-inspired The Other Brothers gets an official trailer ahead of its release on iOS and Ouya later this month.
At a glance it’s clear where the inspiration for The Other Brothers comes from. Two brothers, one tall, one short. Both in overalls, hats and sporting bushy moustaches.
Lurking behind the second-hand facade however, is what appears to be a very solid 2D side-scrolling platformer. Originally a failed Kickstarter project, The Other Brothers is now a self-professed ‘modern take on a retro platformer’, and sees the Mario/Luigi lookalikes clamber through industrial settings pitted against mafia bosses, guard dogs and killer robots. The inspiration from 80s and 90s console gaming is pretty glaring throughout, however classics such as Cosmic Spacehead and Earthworm Jim come to mind as definite influences.
This is far from a Super Mario Bros rip-off though. It is clear that Simian Squared have used the Mario-esque aesthetics as a handle with which The Other Brothers uses to grab the attention of would-be players, before introducing them to a game far from the universe of the Italian plumber.
The Other Brothers is available for iOS and Ouya at the end of March.