09
May
blitzbrigade

We first caught a glimpse of Gameloft's Team Fortress 2 clone Blitz Brigade back in late January. If you've been chomping at the bit to get in on the action since then, the day has finally arrived: BB is now live in the Play Store.

The game was only published this morning, but it already has an unprecedented 450+ (mostly positive) ratings in the store – a true testament to the excitement surrounding the title.

Blitz Brigade features online multiplayer gameplay with up to 12 players at once, with five classes of character to choose from: soldier, gunner, medic, sniper, and stealth. It's packed with over 100 weapons, each of which is made for a specific class, along with three different vehicles, 120 different missions, and more.

Like many Gameloft titles, Blitz Brigade is free, so expect loads of IAPs. And at a whopping 1.3GB, pack a lunch for this download – it's going to take a while.

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Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Loren Cogar

    Another Gameloft ripoff. Nobody there has a single original idea.

    • Alan Shearer

      Very true, though they can make entertaining games, even if not original. Will have to try this one out, free anyway.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Well, it's not like they deny the high degree of "inspiration" that goes on with their games, either, and it's also not like what they're doing is violating anyone's intellectual property rights.

      I can't really blame them at times - the amount of money you're going to make from a mobile game will rarely ever stack up to a console title, so Gameloft devotes its resources to developing content and graphics instead of story or original gameplay mechanics.

      Mobile gaming is a pretty hard business to be profitable in, and given the finicky nature of mobile gamers - most of whom will not buy a $5-10 game, and have to be goaded in with free to play in-app purchase models - it becomes really easy to see where Gameloft is coming from on stuff like this. I have no doubt that many of the developers there really want to develop some kind of original franchise, but that it's just not financially reasonable to do so.

      Mobile game developers get a lot of crap for in-app purchases and derivative gameplay, but you've got to remember - the average smartphone owner could probably care less about a nuanced, complex story, or a truly unique spin on the CTF FPS genre. Gameloft knows its audience, and it knows what they want - they're selling Coors Lite to the masses, not single-malt scotch whiskey.

      • primalxconvoy

        ".. could probably care less.."

        - probably couldn't care less, surely?

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

          Indeed.

    • David Spivey

      You know what? I actually am very happy that SOMEONE does this. You know why? Many of the major companies wouldn't even CONSIDER making or remaking their games from the PC on mobile platforms (Valve, maker of Team Fortress 2 included). Do you ever see a first-party Crysis coming to a mobile device in your lifetime? No. Yet there is an alternative from this company. This is the case with many developers and their games. Since this company is kind enough to (as you say) "ripoff" another company's game, we have the opportunity to play game styles that are otherwise unavailable on mobile devices. Personally, I'm thrilled that such a company can make games like this that we can enjoy. If they ever got around to making a Portal/Portal 2 "ripoff", I would be all over it like white on rice as they say, because I truly never expect a first-party Portal game on android.

      • Loren Cogar

        Why did you capitalize someone and consider? My point is still accurate, didnt say they were bad games I said they were ripoffs which is 100% true.

        • David Hart

          I'm pretty sure it was for emphasis.

        • Jany

          The term "ripoff" implies something a bit different than "copy," and his point is accurate as well.

    • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

      And every platformer is a ripoff of Super Mario Brothers.

    • primalxconvoy

      The original companies of said "ripped off" games are welcome to release their games on Android to address your concerns. Until that time, gameloft is filling a gap in the market.

  • http://www.geekchoice.com/washington-dc Dagmar Schneitz

    That may be, but come on! Guns and apocalypse, you can't go wrong in a video game. Why do you think war games and aliens games do so well?

  • ChainsawCharlie

    Gameloft, nein danke

  • http://www.facebook.com/Mii123me Alex James Simon

    Its awesome, and unlike many of the other free games, the IAPs I don't think are forced.

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    So far, it's been a surprisingly pleasant gameplay experience.

  • Mehmet Fatih YILDIRIM

    Just finished downloading and tried the game, gameplay is quite good and very smooth even on my oldie Galaxy s2, there are many singleplayer missions under the name of "Training", but of course you ll need an Internet connection to play the game, in my opinion the only bad thing about the game is Gameloft title, gameloft is making lots of ripp offs lately and since there are lots of multiplayer rip off games around, blitz bridge won't make a huge difference among them (nova multiplayer, modern combat multi etc.) I wish this game was made by another company like Madfinger,

  • http://www.tekshop.us/ TekShop

    Looks like a great game, even with all the IAPs.

  • ZombieJerky

    So it is a ripoff. Until I can pay Valve to play Team Fortress on my phone or tablet, bring on the GOOD ripoffs.

  • GraveUypo

    this looks more like a battlefield heroes rip-off than a tf2 rip-off. vehicles suck, i hope they don't ruin this game too.

  • disk Latvia

    Can't wait for hacks

  • AppsGoer

    appsgoer review for this game

  • Kevin McCarty

    I use a hack for Blitz Brigade that gave me unlimited coins, diamonds, invincibility and other multiplayer features. Here it is: http://g4mehacks.com/blitz-brigade-hack/