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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Very Positive (343 reviews) - 91% of the 343 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (21,417 reviews) - 95% of the 21,417 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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Lordcha
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Wow. Sitt down, play it in one sitting. It's beautiful.
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Vamcan
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
This game really surprised me.
I bought it on summer sale with an open mind and I was met with an amazing story of two brothers and their adventure.

The further I got the better it became. The gameplay is somewhat calm and yet exhilarating as you tell the two brothers what to do and help them work together.

Really this took me on an emotional rollercoaster and it is worth playing if you are looking for a beautiful and good story ^^

10/10
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zappieroth132
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons.
A short but absolutly breathtaking game!

Unique in it's kind both Graphics Story AND Gameplay.
It is very simple THIS IS A MUST PLAY.
As many have said before play it in one session.... Perhaps with a break.

No regrets on this purchase this is a ONE OF A KIND experience!
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Yaranaikashy the Dank Memetron
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
that's some deep ♥♥♥♥ man
*cries in a corner*
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Emperor
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
9.4/10

A short and intense emotional masterpiece and testament to gaming as an artform. I have few negative things to say. Some of the puzzle platforming suffered from some poor design. The controls take getting used to. The story is where the budget went into for this game and it shows. With better gameplay, this game would easily be my favorite Story driven game of all time.
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Tamloo
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Simply amazing. However, I would only recommend playing with a controller and if this title is heavily on-sale. The only criticism that I have is that it was too easy and too short. I think having it be a two-player co-op experience would have made the title perfect (or more just a very long Mario Party 2v2 minigame). There are valid reasons for having it be a one player co-op experience, however. Either way this is a very beautiful and powerful game. I would recommend this title.
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BlueBead
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I was not emotionally prepared for anything that happened in this game.
I'm going to spend the rest of my night staring at a wall and contemplating life.
9/10
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Cerberus
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
An emotional experience

10/10
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Raphes
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Really good game! Its short and you really get an immersive felling with the brothers
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ethan
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Whoever is on the fence right now, buy this game. It's 90% off, it's the best deal on Steam right now. This game is beyond great, it's a masterpiece. It deserves the full price, but why not just buy it now that is cheap? B.U.Y.
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77 of 99 people (78%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
[Spoiler tags are actual spoilers]

It didn't hit me when he died.

It didn't hit me when it made me bury him.

It hit me when it made me take his controls.

You will likely never get used to how this game controls, but I didn\'t realize just how strongly something so simple as keybindings could support a narrative.
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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
  • Beautiful game
  • Simple but unique and interesting game mechanics
  • Delivers a great story. No comprehensible language? No problem
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
There is and will never be a platformer as emotionally devastating as Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. Truly, it is a remarkable experience that won't hit you where it hurts until it needs to.


● Superb storytelling.
● Lovely visuals.
● Simple but interesting puzzles.
● Subtle but pleasant soundtrack.
● And perhaps most importantly: innovative gameplay mechanic which ties the controls to the narrative.

I proclaimed this my game of the year in 2013 when I played it on console and replaying it on PC now I would still rank it highly among my video game favourites. Such a unique, spectacular game.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
I have bought the game maybe two years ago, when I read good reviews about it and when it went on sale on steam. I have just played it on my new lenovo gaming laptop. I am only mentioning this because I thought the visuals were gorgeous, and it deserve to be played on a good PC. (Mine comes with Nvidia 960)
I was amazed by the story and emotions involved in the game. It might not be very obvious at the beginning of the game, but trust me it surprisingly gets epic. Although the game has no narrator nor it uses a known language, it communicates the story very fluently through the scenes. I want to say more but I think I might run into spoiling the story for the reader.
I highly advise buying and playing this game. I also highly recommend playing it with a joypad. I first played it with a keyboard and I almost gave up on it. It was really confusing to play on a keyboard and I couldn’t control the players properly. The puzzles seem to be more enjoyable when played with a joypad, and it seems that the way the creators intended it to be.
If I ever want to criticize anything about the game, it would be that I wanted to have more puzzles and a little more complication to come with them.
Final verdict:
9.5
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
A beautiful, moving story woven into a masterful piece of artwork. The gameplay mechanics are creative and fun to play, once you get the hang of it. The lack of tutorials might be bothersome in the beginning, but makes the game much more immersive till the end. The soundtrack is illuminating as well. Has some replayability value too, though they could've included some more achievements. A must have in your library!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
If you are a sensitive individual, or have any trouble with real world issues like death or sadness. DO NOT play this game.

Everyone else, get ready. This game is not nice.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Wow...that's all I can say...
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
A fantastic novella-length adventure game, in which the clever gameplay is ultimately just a question of unfolding the story rather than an end in itself. I often dislike games of the scripted, on-rails type, but this one is perfectly paced and uniquely immersive. It lacks the courage and follow-through of what I assume must be its inspiration in Lindgren's "Brothers Lionheart", and because it is mute it is more abstract and like a fable, but as far as narratives in games go, this is 10/10.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
A work of extraordinary beauty and imagination. The epic story, gorgeous world and poignant moments more than excuse a few wonky puzzles.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Man...this game...

Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons will carry you to the feel train all the way. The game does not restrict itself. You will experience all kinds of emotions from joy to sorrow.

The game also has beautifully done sceneries combined with creative and unique characters.

Controls are very simple and puzzles are fairly simple. I recommend using a controller since it feels more natural.

Overall, Brothers is a worthy experience. I would not recommend to persons that want gameplay over story. It is more of an "experience" just like Journey and Flower. If you want an interesting and engaging story, definitely try it out.
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