About The Game
Brutus & Futée is an adventure puzzle game in which the player takes on the role of the author of an animated series. Help Brutus and Futée find their way and overcome the obstacles they meet. Draw objects, and paint or erase the setting to assist the two heroes.
Their journey will take them through a variety of different environments, and present them with a host of dangerous situations, from an ancient Incan temple full of mysteries and secrets to the maze in a production studio governed by a rather jittery boss.
With your help, the two heroes will try to rediscover their former glory as famous cartoon stars.
Brutus & Futée is a strange little game.
The premise of the game is the title characters are stars in a tv show.
But all the writers of the show have vanished and the scripts just aren't good enough anymore.
so you'll need to help make the show.
The game consists of 3 shows each with 3 acts giving you a total of 9 mini levels.
The main aim of each level is to get the characters to perform certain acts during each episode.
However each episode also has a number of out takes where the aim is to make characters do things wrong & normally involves them getting hurt.
Plus you can also hunt down & mock Brutus & Futée's super fan.
The scene is set now you either have to complete it or mess it up!
Once a level has been completed you can go back and replay it if you've missed mocking the fan or still need to get any of the out takes.
You can also watch the episodes (done correctly) as videos once they've been completed any time you want.
The main controls involve placing items in certain places (squares show all locations set items can be placed)
As well as coloring in or erasing various parts of the set (all are clearly marked)
The whole setup is very simple to operate and clearly child friendly enough for them to play the game alone.
Each mini scene is set up in a puzzle format but all are reasonably straight forward (at least for me though I've been playing games for 30 years)
Younger children might take a little longer to work things out but even if they don't get the puzzle right odds are they'll achieve one of the out takes and as long as they keep trying different things they'll get there eventually.
You obviously need the key to finish the scene but with so much else around things are bound to go wrong
The game's biggest issue is it's length.
I spent just under 3 hours with the game but part of that length is the constant pausing to grab screens, putting down the 3ds due to the kids demands and other such things.
I suspect most seasoned players could beat the game in around an hour including most if not all outtakes and super fans.
Younger players whom to be fair this game is aimed towards might add another hour or two to that total but very few will likely spend more than 3 hours beating the game.
Though I'm sure a few will still watch the videos back again.
This big mess can only mean an out take has been created
Easy enough to pick up and play.
Simple enough puzzles for younger gamers.
Videos of completed levels can be watched once complete.
Number of out takes to be earned on each act could add some minimal replay value.
At the end of each scene your told what you have and haven't completed.
ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
Gameplay length will prove to be far too short for most players.
The game lacks variety while each act is different with the exception of the backgrounds most levels look exactly the same.
A couple of scenes might be unsuitable for some young children.
There are a couple of scenes where the star characters do come in for some harm.
The lack of variety, shortness of the game and general mild difficulty will mean this game isn't well suited to most seasoned gamers.
That doesn't mean the game is a total write off however, though I think the game should probably still feature at least another 2 shows (6 mini scenes)
Younger gamers might well enjoy their time with the game as they'll probably get double the amount of game time and are likely to find the out takes more amusing than my generation would.
A review copy of the game was Provided by Microids and reviewed in accordance with the review policy.