Max Gentlemen – The Brief

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It’s like looking in a mirror

I like to think of myself as being rather posh. Like all posh people, I have pocket watches, umbrellas, Disposable Single-Use Unlubricated Monocles and a wide selections of teas. While I cannot quite cause my shirt to explode by flexing my muscles, I like to pretend that I can come quite close. That is why I thought that this game would be right up my alley.

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Max Gentlemen walks an interesting line between gameplay and charm. At no point is the game very difficult, and there are no tricky or difficult mechanics. It is the kind of game that would have been released as a flash title for free many years ago. While it is still free, it does still come with a little baggage.

Players are challenged with building the tallest tower of hats that they can. They do this by either jumping into the hats, or by picking up beers. Of course there are costs to having a tower of top hats. Birds are the main obstacle. If they collide with a hat, they will knock it right off your head. The same applies for boomerangs, shuttle cocks and beer. You dodge these by bouncing your hats at the right place at the right time.

This is a game that is best played with a friend. There are single player challenges, but without a human opponent it does become quite repetitive and extremely unfair at harder difficulties. It does control quite well, but I think with such a simple premise there is not much space for problems. As it is a free game I do not think that it would hurt to give it a go, but it really need a friend (and a few drinks in you) to be truly fun.


 

Julian has been involved in the games industry for more than a couple of years now, from working in retail to developing board games to judging Magic: the Gathering tournaments Australia wide. Now as a writer for OK Games he likes to explore niche titles that try to approach gaming from a different perspective. Now all he needs to do is start finishing all those games in his Steam Library...