Family-friendly indie platformer Max: The Curse of Brotherhood has been ported to Nintendo Switch. Max was originally developed by Flashbulb Games with the Switch port designed by Stage Clear Studios. It’s available now on the Nintendo eShop for $14.99. A free demo is also available to download.

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood features the titular hero as he sets out on a quest to rescue his brother. Max is equipped with a magic marker that lets him drawn and shape the environment to defeat enemies and solve puzzles. The Switch port uses new touch-based controls to allow players to control the maker and draw directly on the screen.

“The Switch is basically a device that been tailored especially for Max, said Mikkel Thorsted, Creative Director at Flashbulb Games. “On the Switch, we have stick and buttons for controlling Max and the screen for controlling the Marker. This is super awesome. Another thing we are excited about is the fact that parent and children or friend can actually play together controlling one each, which is actually something a lot of Xbox players have been writing us stories about how they did by passing the controller.”

Max: The Curse of Brotherood originally launched in 2013 as an Xbox One exclusive. It released on PC the following year, and was ported to PlayStation 4 earlier this year. The drawing mechanics have been heavily criticized with controllers. Given the Switch’s utility as both touch-screen and controllers, Max should perform much better.

Max: The Curse of Brotherhood has been rated E for Everyone. It’s available now for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.


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