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‘Jay and Silent Bob: Mall Brawl’ an Unexpected Brawler?

  • You ever had your butt kicked by a fat man in an overcoat?
  • The game adaptation that nobody asked for.
  • It does look like it’ll be a decent retro brawler though.

We’ve sure seen a lot of movies based on video games and vice versa over the years haven’t we? While the movies based on games usually end up being awful, the games based on movies usually end up being worse. E.T. on the Atari was so bad they tried to bury the unsold copies out in the middle of nowhere, as a popular reference. There sure have been some steaming piles based on films. Blade on the PlayStation, Total Recall on the NES, and don’t even get me started about that time Street Fighter had a game, based on the movie, based on the game. Yeah, it was just as much of a mess as you’re thinking it was.

There are some exceptions to this trend though. 007 Goldeneye on the Nintendo 64 is beloved staple in any FPS fan lineup, Alien Trilogy and Alien: Isolation managed to explore the Alien franchise in exciting ways, and the Prince of Persia game, the one based on the movie based on the game, was actually surprisingly fun. All that said, I never thought I’d say this. There’s a Jay and Silent Bob game in the works. Jay and Silent Bob: Mall Brawl is expected to release this Spring and for some reason I find myself wanting to play it. 


Maybe it’s just been too long since I’ve played a good retro style beat-em-up, but this reminds me of the days of Double Dragon and River City Ransom with the most unlikely duo to ever see in a fighting game. Whether by yourself or with a friend, control Jay and Silent Bob as they take on the forces of evil… or rather, mall security and other day to day folks from Kevin Smith’s View Askewniverse setting. Your ultimate goal is to escape the mall and make it back to your safe haven, loitering in front of the local Quick Stop. From the Steam page:


  • Authentic Retro 8-bit Action
  • 2 Player Couch Co-op
  • Single Player Swappable Action Strategy
  • Unorthodox weapon brandishing tactics
  • Rouge gallery of View Askew Enemies
  • A boss with a huge fist
  • A boss with a pretzel for a head
  • Contemporary gameplay mechanics
  • Crisp original chiptune soundtrack

It’s hard to mess up a beat-em-up and what gameplay footage has been shown looks solid enough. As long as it’s not too pricey, I could see this being a fun time killer with a friend later this spring. Of course if you want it for free, you can get it as a free download with a pre-order or backing Jay and Silent Bob: Chronic Blunt Punch. Okay seriously, why are Jay and Silent Bob games starting to pop up? Is this going to be a thing now? Between the two, I definitely think Mall Brawl is the way to go so we’ll keep an eye out for a price listing for those who don’t want to back the other Jay and Silent Bob game. You can wishlist Jay and Silent Bob: Mall Brawl now on Steam.