Guide two brothers on an epic fairy tale journey from visionary Swedish film director, Josef Fares and top-tier developer Starbreeze Studios. Control both brothers at once as you experience co-op play in single player mode, like never before.
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Release Date: Sep 3, 2013

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An emotional and breathtaking tale that captured the hearts of millions of players worldwide. Critically acclaimed and winner of multiple awards, including 2013 DICE Award for Best Downloadable Game and BAFTA Award for Innovation.
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“"Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is an exquisitely told story set in a world overflowing with personality. It’s an immersive, emotional gem that’s not to be missed."”
4.5/5 – Adventure Gamers

About This Game

Guide two brothers on an epic fairy tale journey from visionary Swedish film director, Josef Fares and top-tier developer Starbreeze Studios.

Control both brothers at once as you experience co-op play in single player mode, like never before.

Solve puzzles, explore the varied locations and fight boss battles, controlling one brother with each thumbstick.

A man, clinging to life. His two sons, desperate to cure their ailing father, are left with but one option. They must set out upon a journey to find and bring back the "Water of Life" as they come to rely on one another to survive. One must be strong where the other is weak, brave where the other is fearful, they must be... Brothers.

This is one journey you will never forget.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 /ATI Radeon HD 2600
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Initial installation requires one-time internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, DirectX 9, Microsoft .NET 4 Framework, Visual C++ Redistributable 2010, and AMD CPU Drivers (XP Only/AMD Only)
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Brothers is a deceptively simple puzzle platformer that has quite a bit going on under the covers. Its story is told almost entirely wordlessly, with a lot of little side excursions that paint a world of fairytales that is actually quite dark. Don't let the bright graphics and cartoony characters fool you -- while there are some funny and uplifting moments, this is not a feel good game. It's not deliberately out to depress you either, but it's more brothers Grimm than brothers Warner. I'm not saying you shouldn't let your kids play it, but I am saying you may want to look over their shoulder if they do.

Believe it or not, this is the game I bought a controller for. I borrowed one to see if the game was any good (it was) and then I completed it after buying one for myself. It's not easy to convince a hardcore mouse and keyboard guy to twiddle the sticks, so it deserves credit at least for that. It deserves some more credit for possibly being the very first game to use its control scheme to evoke an emotional response. I can't get into details (spoilers!) but you'll know it when you get there. It's beautifully done, and you'd need to have a heart of stone not to be at least a little bit affected. If you remember "press F to pay respects", this is pretty much the exact opposite of that.

The gameplay is just about right. It's not very challenging, but it's not a cakewalk between cutscenes either. The game does make the most of its controls, and coordinating two characters requires your full attention. Liberal use of checkpoints means you're not likely to get frustrated from having to replay bits, though. If the game was much longer the mechanics might wear thin, but its length works to its advantage here. My only gripe, if I can have one, is that one or two achievements are almost impossible to obtain without a guide, not because they require skill but because they require some very unintuitive actions. Still, this in no way detracts from the experience on your first playthrough, and the game allows you to replay chapters at will, so those who want the achievements can get them easily enough.

Whether you want to pay the full $15 for 4-5 hours of game is up to you, but even if you want to wait for a sale (or another bundle), this deserves to be in your library at some point or another. Two thumbs up, one big and one little.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Explains the plot through gameplay rather than exposition.

A lot of classic games either skimped on discussing any plot or simply didn't have the technology to incorporate a complex storyline. By reducing voiced character interaction to a minimum and having them speak in a foreign language, the player is left to interpret the story; a compelling and central aspect to this indie contender.

I've been told that this is one of the very finest games ever made and while I understand the appeal and certainly agree its worth your time, I don't think it belongs on the pedastal so many critics have garnished it with.

Despite clocking in at three hours, the game felt much shorter as it seemed to just fly by. Every blink I took was accompanied by a huge transition in location. Before I knew it I was adventuring in a completely different place, each one bearing its own set of rules and all goverened by the same overarching objective (venture forth and get your sick dad some medicine).

You'll never feel stressed and even dying won't set you back more than a few moments. Progress is blocked by a handful of simple, contextual puzzles. This is the perfect game for relaxing with one day.

Perhaps the strongest point and what makes this game so unique is that like Mario and Luigi RPGs you'll be controlling two characters (who can't typically sepraate far from one another). The way they both interact with the expansive world made everything come to life. One brother would kneel down to pet a sheep and the other would pick it up and carry it with him. One would admire the caged bird and the other set him free.

This game's been on sale before so try to pick it up on the cheap. I snagged it for about three bucks. You'd have to enjoy a AAA game for sixty dollars proportionately if you wanted that sort of value.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Not family friendly!
Nonetheless, a great short game with great mechanics.
The views are absolutely beautiful.
This game is emotional.

Also, it is best to play it with your friend, or even better, your BROTHER.
Worth my money.
Have my thumbs up, Starbreeze
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
Everything about this game is so amazing that i couldnt find any words to explain it. To start off,this game is a story of two brothers going in an epic journey to get some potions for their ailing father.The story of this game is so amazing that at the end of the game,am sure you will get emotional.The gameplay is superb,graphics and scenes are really beautiful and soundtrack is amazing. A must play and trust me, you will really feel good after you completed this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Damn this game hits you right in the feels.
Sure, the 2 player mechanics may be awkward at times but they really incorporate the controls into the story.

Definitely a must-play for anyone with a 360 controller.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
Amazing experience and highly recommended to all gamers.This game is a must :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
Summary:


Short indie adventure from Starbreeze that perfects the unique art of telling its compelling and evocative story through its gameplay. A gorgeous world, stunning soundtrack, and a truly captivating finale which will leave you speechless really make this title stand out. The emotionally powerful ending alone - again sculpted by the player controlling the gameplay - makes this is not one to miss. Controller heavily recommended.


Rating:


1 - A masterpiece. An essential purchase for everyone.


2 - Great game. Highly recommended to most people.


3 - Fairly good game. Recommended mainly for fans of the genre or when on sale.


4 - Poor game. Not recommended but has a few merits.


5 - Awful game. Would not recommend to anyone in their right minds.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
TL:DR; If you like interesting puzzles, pretty environments, and a story that'll keep you exploring, This game is a good pick!

I went in expecting just a neat little puzzle game, but got much more.
This game does a great job of coupling puzzle mechanics with a sence of adventure and story progession.
While the game may be short for some, I didn't feel that way for me. You do a lot of things and travel quite the distance on your journey.
The environment in this game has beauty and an interesting story to tell if you look for it.
Also the story <3 I love what they did with it. This is one of those games i'll remember for a long time. gg
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
IT'S BEAUTIFUL!

Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons is an immersive single player adventure/puzzle game.
Small (About 2 or 3 hours of gameplay) and easy to play, also doesn't require a powerful machine, its recommended to anyone.

It's beautiful at all, the history deals with the death of loved ones, and how the protagonists deal with it. The design is simple, but at the same time; awesome. AESTHETIC And the soundtrack... oh man, it's one of the best soundtracks I ever listened.

If you are the kind of person who likes a sentimental history, I highly recommend this game.

The side-quests achievments kinda breaks with the tragedy plot, but at the same time fun, making me laugh sometimes, I don't consider that as a negative point, but it can breaks the immersion.

In conclusion, that game is amazing, it puts me in a sad but happy strange mood, wasn't expecting all this when I bought it. Would buy again.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Awesome game...
Cool,rich & heart touching story...
gameplay a little bit difficult without gamepad...
overall awesome game.....
Worth every penny :)
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mem
3.6 hrs
Posted: September 29
Oh, this game.
Let's cut to the chase, it's short, You can play through the story on less than 2 hours, so don't buy it if you want a long game. I played the first hour myself at home, and I was quite surprised at the shortness of it, tbh.
That's pretty much the only negative thing I can actually think of though.

The visuals are amazing, Starbreeze did a fantastic job, and the story was surprisingly good and so much darker than I had imagined when I got it. Josef Fares made good movies, but they're comedies, so like, I didn't expect much of a deep story from him. I'm glad I was wrong.

OK, story time! I have an eight year old cousin, and since he likes to play Mario and other of Nintendo's more puzzle-ish games I thought he and I could play this one together. Those of you who have tried this game know how the controls work, and it's actually easier to play this game with two hands from two different bodies than two hands from the same body(all puzzle games should have a ♥♥♥♥ed control system that takes 5 years to get used to, it was fun as hell ¯\_(ツ)_/¯) so we had a go at the game.
And then we came close to the ending, and that's when you suddenly realise that the game has PEGI 16 for a reason, first one in a while eh, and holy ♥♥♥♥ was it ♥♥♥♥ed. I know my cousin had played GTA and ♥♥♥♥ with his friends who are blessed with teen brothers, but this is not that kind of "justified age limit". Long story short, after this game he and I discussed life, death and depression.

Replayability is high on this one, the stages are really fun, and to try to replay the toughest stages and get all the achievements are just two reasons to replay. When you've finished the game you can choose with chapter to play, if you want to do just that!

All in all, if you love medieval styled games with depressing stories about love and loss, and incredibly designed strategic puzzles, buy this. If you want a long game though, maybe you should stay away.
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KlauZ
2.3 hrs
Posted: September 29
I liked the storytelling, but as a game... it's not much more than a walking simulator, when got used to play two characters at once.

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And I thought, do I really have to finish this defenseless spider...
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.:|JYD|XO|:.YingDawg
4.5 hrs
Posted: September 28
Excellent game so far. However, if you're planning on playing with a Steam Controller, you're going to have a bad time. As others have stated, you'll really need a gamepad with 2 analog sticks. I got stuck at a portion of the game that won't work unless I use a controller with two analog sticks.
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OtaKu IRaQi
0.8 hrs
Posted: September 27
good Story
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Oscar The Grouch [CP]
3.1 hrs
Posted: September 26
Find a few hours to play through this game. Masterfully done, profoundly heart felt, and does a better job of marrying game mechanics to narrative than any game I've ever played. Best played through in one sitting in my opinion. About 3 hours start to finish. Controller absolutely required.
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Borg
5.0 hrs
Posted: September 26
Very enjoyable and atmospheric game.
Beautiful scenery, music and story.
You get rewarded for exploring and interacting with the world.
Somewhat short, and you need a controller to play, but that shouldn't stop you from playing it.
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Anvil
3.6 hrs
Posted: September 26
Beautiful, magic game.

Interesting and original puzzles, incredible one-of-a-kind storytelling, marvellous soundtrack.

You definitely should play and complete this game. It's rarely to find that much worthy of doing so.
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Telebi
7.4 hrs
Posted: September 26
Cool game, a bit short though
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Cozar
6.8 hrs
Posted: September 25
At 70% off, the unique controls (controller two characters with one controller really gives your brain-hand coordination a workout) and emotional story were absolutely worth the cost. That said, if I had paid full price of $15.00 for this 5 hour game I would be seething with anger. Four to five hours was probably the right length, but the game is basically a novelty, so know that you are paying for pretty graphics and about 5 minutes of "Wow, that's a cool control scheme."
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Maksa
4.7 hrs
Posted: September 25
A wonderful fairy tale with a strong ending, a journey well scripted.

Love, determination, struggle of the brothers amazingly expressed.

One of the best games!
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