Mr. Bree Returning Home
Whoa... what happened last night? You remember leaving the waller around ten... Did you have one too many swigs of slop? How the heck did you end up in this stump? Where is everyone? Well, I guess it can't be helped. You'll just have to get started on the long, dusty, spike-filled road back to your pen. Mr. Bree Returning Home is an award-winning platform game by TawStudio Entertainment, taking home Best Art Game at the 2011 Brazilian Games Symposium. Only you can make sure this little piggy gets all the way home.
Mr. Bree Returning Home is a game about recollection. You start out barely able to think straight, let alone walk with the [arrow] keys. As the time and levels go on, though, you'll be able to remember such complicated maneuvers as jumping with the [spacebar], and ducking with [down]. The goal of each level is to make your way to the purple puzzle piece of your memory that lead you a little closer to home, as well as the secondary goal of getting the red puzzle piece that might remind you of how you got into this mess in the first place. And what stands in your way? Spikes. Oh, lord the spikes. Cold, unfeeling spikes. And if you're not careful, they'll have you screaming oink-le in second.
Protagonists starting with amnesia is a common game plot, but there's a reason for that: it works. Whether you're The Nameless One, a Tricky Ghost, a Knight of the Old Republic, or a suit-wearing piggy, there's something immensely driving about not knowing who you are, where you are, or, worst of all, what happened to those you love. The first mention of "Mrs. Bree and Little Bree" is an "Oh, it is ON!" moment that lasts for the entire game (especially when you get to the surprisingly spooky butchery levels). It's a good thing that the story is so compelling (and Bree's ongoing commentary so quirky and amusing), though, since the difficulty is definitely out there to rock you. The inspiration is clearly Super Meat Boy, in terms of both tightness of controls and potential for player punishment. It won't be easy to save your bacon, but those slightly-masochistic platformer fans among us should enjoy going whole hog on the challenge.