Balacera Brothers

To be released Q2 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

This will mark the first commercial project by yours truly.

Follow its development over at Gamejolt and Patreon!





Inspiration and goal

Balacera Brothers is my attempt to continue the legacy of playful, colorful, energetic-but-not-too-chaotic run n' gun games 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 "Contra: Locked and Loaded". With his blessing, I'm using his game as a template for Balacera Brothers.


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

This project is giving 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.


Balacera Brothers will feature a genre of music highly unusual in shooter and run n' gun games: ska! The energetic tunes will keep players pumped and having a good time.
The soundtrack , composed by dmledo, will likely include influences from other music genres such as surf rock and punk. 



  • Programmers: Bloodbane and Merso X

  • Art: Merso X

  • Music: dmledo