“Brotato”: A Quick, Quirky Roguelike Shooter for Casual Thrills

As someone deeply entrenched in the world of speedrunning, I thrive on games that challenge my dexterity, strategy, and precision. When I first heard about “Brotato,” a game boasting quick runs and the ability to handle six weapons simultaneously, I was intrigued. However, my enthusiasm was tempered by my general aversion to roguelike shooters, a genre I often find repetitive and lacking in narrative depth.

Delightfully Absurd Premise

In “Brotato,” you play as the titular character, Brotato—a lone potato survivor who crash-lands on an alien planet and must fend off waves of enemies while awaiting rescue. The game’s premise is delightfully absurd, and its quirky humor is a welcome touch. However, the novelty can only carry a game so far.

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Fast-Paced Gameplay Mechanics

“Brotato” excels in its fast-paced, frenetic combat. The auto-firing weapons feature is a standout, allowing you to focus on dodging and strategy. Manual aiming is available but often feels unnecessary given the game’s chaotic nature. The short, snappy waves ranging from 20 to 90 seconds keep the action moving, making it perfect for quick gaming sessions. The game also offers dozens of characters and hundreds of items and weapons, ensuring each run can feel fresh and different.

Accessibility Options

The accessibility options are a fantastic inclusion, allowing you to tweak health, damage, and enemy speed to tailor the difficulty to your preference. This feature caters to both seasoned gamers and newcomers alike.

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Serviceable Graphics and Design

The graphics are serviceable but unremarkable. The art style falls into the ‘retro pixel’ category, which can be charming but also feels overused in indie titles. The alien environments and character designs are adequately distinct but don’t offer much in the way of visual variety.

Lackluster Storyline and Characters

Here lies my biggest gripe with the game. While the concept of an armed potato is amusing, the storyline is virtually non-existent beyond the initial setup. Characters, while customizable, lack depth and personality. For a genre that thrives on replayability, a compelling narrative could have added significant value.

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Strengths

  • Fast-paced, frenetic combat
  • Extensive customization options
  • Accessibility features

Weaknesses

  • Lack of a compelling narrative
  • Repetitive gameplay
  • Unremarkable graphics

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Overall Impression

“Brotato” offers a fun, albeit shallow, experience. Its fast-paced gameplay and extensive customization options make it a decent choice for quick, casual gaming sessions. However, the lack of a compelling story and the repetitive nature of the gameplay prevent it from achieving greatness in my book. It’s a game I’ll play intermittently but not one I’ll invest serious time into for world-record speedruns.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

If you enjoy roguelike shooters and want a quick adrenaline rush, “Brotato” is worth a try. But for those looking for depth and narrative, this game might leave you wanting.

Useful Gaming Tip for Beginners

Tip: Focus on upgrading your weapons and items early on. Balancing your loadout with both offensive and defensive capabilities can help you survive the increasingly difficult waves of enemies.

Want to check it out yourself? Click here to see it on Steam.