Balacera Brothers

Released June 1, 2020

Balacera Brothers is a run n' gun game for PC, featuring:

  • Fun gameplay with non-stop action

  • Colorful pixel art

  • Energetic ska soundtrack

  • Stages loosely inspired by real places from around the world

  • 2-player local co-op

  • Playful tone similar to Konami classics such as Sunset Riders




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Inspiration and goal

Balacera Brothers is my attempt to honor the legacy of 90s playful, colorful, and energetic run n' gun classics like Sunset Riders and Mystic Warriors.

I've always wanted to develop a run n' gun game. I knew the time had come when I saw what fellow OpenBOR developer Bloodbane had accomplished with his game "Locked and Loaded".


The game showcases colorful graphics, as is a tradition in my games, plus a healthy dose of checked patterns here and there. 

This project gave me a chance to use old character designs and sketches that I've made over the years and that have been waiting for an opportunity to shine.
The stages are influenced heavily by real life locations like the cemetery Lafayette #2 in New Orleans, and the city of Basel in Switzerland.


Balacera Brothers'music is heavily influenced by ska! The energetic tunes will keep players pumped and having a good time.



  • Programming: Merso X, Bloodbane

  • Music: dmledo

  • Story: Eric Setzke

  • Sound Effects: Sonniss LTD, Merso X, Stefanie Wunderlin

  • Narration: Stetson Turner

  • Patrons: Skip Wescott, oldmanwinters, Aaron Meredith, Paul Brown, James hollie, NintenJoe, Nielzabub, Bobby MacGibbon, Santino Black, Toben Alexander, Del & Angry, Bryan Sime, Daniel Jacquez, Luke Shaw, Butters, Andrey P, Ezequiel Fuentes Jr

  • Thanks: nsw25, oldmanwinters, the Chronocrash community