Set in an alternate history shortly after the end of World War I, a strange radio communication known as “the Broadcast” is sent across the world and caused many people who listened to it to die. Two war veterans, Frank Woodruff and Vladimir Farnsworth, survive game on mobile video game theater attack and gain super-intelligence and a knowledge of advanced technology. The player controls their selected character in a “mobile trench”, defending their base against the television-based “Monovision” creatures.
Iron Brigade is considered to be a hybrid game, mixing the gameplay of tower defense games with third-person shooters and incorporating role-playing video game elements. Before combat, the player customizes their equipment on their trench at the base. The choice of the hull for the trench will affect the number and types of weapons that can be loaded onto it. The player can also select which Emplacements they will carry, eventually targeting a location on the battlefield to place them.
The game’s art style is inspired by men’s magazines of the 1940s and ’50s, which illustrated “the sense of adventure, bravery, camaraderie, drinking, and good old-fashioned face-punching violence,” according to project lead Brad Muir. The game was originally announced and released in North America as Trenched. Though scheduled to be released near the same time as the North American version, the European versions of the game were delayed indefinitely. A similar challenge occurred in the United States, where Rui Alípio Monteiro had also previously filed for the “Trench” trademark. According to Muir, Microsoft worked to resolve the trademark issue to assure release of the game in Europe.
Along with the rename, the game gained a new game mode, weapons, and extras for no additional cost, as a means of a make-off offering for the delay and rename. On February 1, 2012, the first and only DLC to date was released. Rise of the Martian Bear picks up the story right after the ending of the original campaign. The player finds themselves once again having to confront Vladimir Farnsworth, as he has survived by somehow transferring his consciousness into his pet bear, who now bears a matching beard and moustache. He also has a monovision fixed atop his head that displays the original visage of Farnsworth. The title has received mostly positive reviews, with a Metacritic score of 82. Joystiq gave it a very favourable review by scoring it a 4.
5 rating, calling it a well polished game with lots of personality. 1up gave it a B rating, criticizing that the game doesn’t include a local co-op option but stating that if you have a friend to play with, it can be a blast. Mechs Meet World War I In Trenched, The Next Double Fine Game”. GDC 2011: Double Fine Reveals New Game Trenched”. Psychonauts Developer’s New XBLA Game Lands June 22″. Iron Brigade release date announced, finally”.