There’s been a lot of unwarranted hate directed at this game from its inception. Most of the news articles and reviews I’ve checked out have been flooded with hateful comments. I get it. You probably don’t like or understand PewDiePie. You’re also probably refusing to play the game as a result of your weird and jaded attitude towards some guy you’ve never met, and that’s a shame because you’re totally missing out on a fantastic mobile platformer.
So who is PewDiePie and what is this game about? Hey! Some people actually have no idea who he is, and that’s okay. My friend, who I thought was pretty YouTube savvy asked who he was when I mentioned that I was playing this game the other day. So don’t worry, you’re not alone. PewDiePie (Felix Kjellberg) is the most subscribed person on YouTube, with almost 40 million subscribers and 10 billion total video views. With so many loyal fans (bros), it’s no surprise PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist was created.
The game opens with Pewds checking his YouTube channel, and to his dismay all of his fans have disappeared. Turns out the evil Barrel King has contained them all and is now after the legendary brofist.
I’ll admit that I absolutely suck at mobile games. My phone is a tad too small and my iPad mini is a tad too large to play most games comfortably. Sure, I can play them, but it’s a struggle. I had zero problems with the controls of this game. Wherever my left thumb touched the side of the screen a joystick would pop up. It was super instinctive, and after the first level I found myself really digging how responsive everything was.
What’s great about this game is that it costs $5 and you actually get the full game. No need to deal with stupid microtransations to unlock characters and areas. $5 gets you everything. Which is refreshing considering the state of the industry presently.
There are 24 levels to unlock, all of which offer a variety of challenges as they offer distinctive enemies and game mechanics. Many include features that are reminiscent of older games from the 90s and 2000s. With four difficulty settings (easy, hard, bro, and pug), there’s plenty to do for the completionists out there. I will warn though, the easy difficulty setting isn’t really easy. I haven’t even attempted any of the levels on bro, trying them on hard was enough of a challenge for me.
My favorite aspects of the game would have to be the awesome chiptune music, the seven fully voiced characters you can play as, and their brief yet memorable cameos in the game. Each character has unique Attack and Defense skills that you can unlock and equip while you play. I chose to play as Marzia (Pewds’ girlfriend) for most of my playthrough and really enjoyed jumping through the different settings with Maya and Edgar (their dogs). Edgar’s fart attack was a nice touch.
This really is a game for the fans. It’s chock full of memes and references for regular viewers. Not only that, but they even had a say in some of the characters and enemies that appeared in the game. Oh, and they named the game. No big deal. Do you have to be a long-time PewDiePie fan to enjoy this game though? Absolutely not. It’s a challenging platformer that has a ton of replayability value. Don’t be afraid to check it out. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.