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Brawlin' Sailor

Anchor Man

Brawlin’ Sailor warns against the dangers of chasing your dreams.

By Drew Toal • September 6, 2013

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Major Bueno’s last game, Pan Man, told the cautionary tale of a preternaturally gifted pancake flipper whose rise to fame and fortune caused him to neglect his family and ultimately die alone. Major’s latest hero, the Brawlin’ Sailor, suffers from similar delusions of grandeur. He lusts after glory, and when he receives a note from a maiden trapped in a nearby lighthouse, our burly, unstoppable hero charges into action like an Olympian Popeye, trashing bad guys and quickly saving the day. He happens upon not just the damsel in distress but also a room full of glittery loot.

It is, of course, too good to be true, and the real sailor—a paunchy, broken down old man—wakes up in his boat to find it was all a dream. But then he receives another missive, and finds himself in a position to live out his vision. Will it measure up? Will he be able to rescue her in his eminently stoppable, de-spinached form?

Like the rest of Major Bueno’s games, Brawlin’ Sailor is not particularly difficult, and it can be played through in minutes. (This isn’t a bad thing.) In characteristically sad and hilarious fashion, Major Bueno takes the usual video game power fantasy and turns it on its head. The sailor, it turns out, isn’t the hero he thought he was, and it has nothing to do with his lack of muscles.

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5 Responses to “Anchor Man”

  1. Merve says:

    For a game that was completed in four days, it’s animated remarkably well. I like this one a lot.

  2. MintBerry_Crunch says:

    You’re the devil if you punched that dog.¬†