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 (312 reviews) - 93% of the 312 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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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

    • 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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Prodigal Source
8.7 hrs
Posted: August 29
Brothers is a little light on puzzle, but I thoroughly enjoyed it for it's atmosphere, and the scenery is obviously lovingly crafted. Stupendous set pieces and a the feel of a fleshed-out world.
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7.5 hrs
Posted: August 29
One of the best games i've ever played.
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2.8 hrs
Posted: August 29
Just finished it, and I have to say that was pretty damn good. Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons runs just shy of the 3 hour mark, so if you care about that kind of thing, then this might not be the game for you. But what Brothers lacks in quantity, it more than makes up for with charm and emotional oomph. Without spoiling anything, Brothers is truly a one of a kind experience that's well worth your time.
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Shock Jockey
3.3 hrs
Posted: August 28
This is what a lot of game aspire to be in the sense that they give you so much without any dialogue. Granted I didn't enjoy trying to guess what each character was trying to say given the fact that myself I enjoy very story driven games, but this scratched my itch another way which was giving dialogue through characters guestures and expression. Another great part of this game and also a main part is the way you play this game. Using both sides of the controller to control both characters simultaneously was great fun and difficult at the same time. There were moments were my brain just couldn't process where the characters where and what buttons controlled what characters. One down side for the game for myself was that the game was just too short just under 3 hrs of play time was a little disappointing, but on the other hand the game said what it had to say and left it at that which was honerable considering some games just drag on for too long and ruin some great experiences. Another point I was not ready for how dark some parts of this game could be, and I thought this was gonna be a disney movie like experience boy was I wrong and I'm glad I'm wrong because it gave the game another dimension to play with. Solid 9/10 Unique play style, great level design, and Good story considering no words are spoken throughout the whole game.
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3.6 hrs
Posted: August 28
Short, But worth every penny.

Try not to cry.
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Destin Grin
3.3 hrs
Posted: August 28
——— 6/10 ———

+ Gameplay Diversity
+ Aesthetics
+ Gamepad Controls Scheme
+ Immersion

+/- Achievements

- Side-quest's contradicts game Narration

Basically, half of gameplay have entirely wrong empathic tone opposed to another half and they mixed together anyway. I have troubles to percive this narration as tragicomedy, becouse plot creates sense of urgency and tragic atmothphere, but during the game player supposed to have an awesome adventure full on uncharted joy [!] even in first location [!], either plot or narration should be different, ending feels pathetic and totally wasted. For story-driven game it is huge dissapointment. Gameplay of course creatively build around one feature, but it isn't enough on it's own.
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5.3 hrs
Posted: August 28
Great game. Only last some 5 hours to finish but worth it for the money
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Kaydee (Yang | MashMash)
3.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
Excellent story, fun puzzles.
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3.6 hrs
Posted: August 27
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is an amazing game. You feel like your part of the adventure, not just controlling it. Everything is beautiful. The story, the characters, the setting, the soundtrack... It's just beautiful. I'm probably going to get hate, but I stand by this - it's so much better than games like GTA. This leaves an impact on you. It changes you, it leaves something in your heart. It is something words can't describe. That's the pure magic of gaming.
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3.0 hrs
Posted: August 27
Emotional roller coaster...such a great game! Not a long game, but the depth makes up for it. :)
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
This game took me completely by surprise.

Which is really surprising because, after the first few minutes, it was nearly a disappointment: graphics fine but not sophisticated, a touching story which did not seem very promising and characters too simple. And then I let it drop in a corner of my library and forgot about it until I decided to get back on it more than a year afterwards, mainly because the achievements were easy to get.
And finally, this game astonished me and was clearly much better than I expected it to be.

I was totally absorbed by the unique atmosphere that characterizes it. I’m not surprised it has the tag "Atmospheric". With the atmosphere somewhat childish of the beginning, I was not expecting to discover a universe both gloomy, melancholic and yet very colorful afterwards. This conjunction of the theme of death on a bright picture painted with softened features worthy of a children's story is quite striking and almost unsettling. And let’s not forget about the history of these very young characters which ends up tearing your guts out.
The harmony that unites the two brothers is at the heart of this adventure which has a rather special gameplay where the two characters must be controlled at the same time to progress. I play with the keyboard and it took me some time to get used to it especially as one of the two protagonists requires a qwerty keyboard but I just had to manually switch it to azerty with Shift + Alt, and you get the hang of it really easily.

Clearly, I was blown away and I highly recommend this little gem.


Si je devais résumer mon sentiment sur ce jeu, je dirais qu’il m’a totalement prise par surprise.

Pourtant, après les quelques premières minutes de jeu, j’avais réussi à accrocher tant bien que mal grâce aux graphismes sympathiques mais pas assez aboutis à mes yeux, à une histoire touchante mais qui ne me semblait pas non plus très prometteuse et des personnages que je trouvais plus niais qu’autre chose. Et puis je l’avais laissé choir dans un coin de ma bibliothèque jusqu’à ce que je décide de m’y remettre plus d’un an après principalement pour les succès faciles à obtenir, je l’avoue.
Et finalement, contre toute attente, ce jeu a dépassé toutes mes espérances.

Je me suis totalement laissée absorbée par l’atmosphère unique qui le caractérise. Pas étonnant d’ailleurs que le tag « Atmosphérique » lui ait été attribué. L’ambiance quelque peu enfantine du début ne laisser en rien présager de l’univers à la fois glauque, mélancolique et pourtant très coloré que l’on découvre par la suite. Cette concomitance du thème de la mort sur un tableau lumineux peint avec des traits adoucis digne d’un conte pour enfant est assez frappant et presque déstabilisant. Et que dire de l’histoire qui finit par vous prendre littéralement aux tripes.
L’harmonie qui unit les deux frères est au cœur même de cette aventure de par un gameplay assez particulier où l’on doit contrôler les deux personnages en même temps pour pouvoir progresser. Personnellement, je joue au clavier. Il m’a fallu un peu de temps pour m’y habituer surtout que l’un des deux protagonistes est programmé à la base pour un clavier qwerty mais il m’a simplement suffi de le passer manuellement en azerty avec les touches Shift+Alt pour régler ce souci, et le coup de main vient finalement assez vite.

En clair, je me suis prise une bonne claque comme cela se fait de plus en plus rarement et je recommande vivement d’acquérir cette petite perle au plus vite.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
really good game with a nice story. a fantastic game; 4 stars


interesting story
good character development
short & sweet
fun puzzles
great to play with a friend
playable for all skill levels


mechanics are awkward when played by yourself
might be too short for your preference
puzzles arent very challenging
you can have only one save
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Definitely of one the best and greatest adventure/platform game ever made and will be, the amount of emotions in this game is incredible.
The story is amazing, gameplay spot on, beautiful soundtrack and ambiance, just all incredible 10/10 Will play this game again again and cry over and over!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
One of the most touching games out there.

One of the most beautiful,touching and relaxing video games out there.Brothers-A Tale of Two Sons is a co-op adventure game wich is played by a single person,simultaneously controlling the two characters.The game itself is not very long,but it's totally worth it.

Here are the things I liked the most about the game.

  • The visual style is very appealing and colourful.

  • Great soundtrack and little bit of humor.

  • A story that is not complicated at all,but will leave you sad for eternity. :D

  • The two characters have different skills wich you often have to combine to traverse trough the level.

  • Puzzles wich are hardly challengeing,but fun to solve

  • Five or six environments through wich you travel,all very different than the previous one.

  • Although the controls are not very bad on keyboard I strongly recommend playing with a controller,your expirience will be much better.

    These are the things I liked the most.The game is fantastic and although small,I'll always remember it as one of the best games I've played.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Though there is no clear language spoken in this game, its pretty much understood that two brothers are set out on a journey to find some miracle cure for their father. What makes this game unique is you must control both brothers at the same time, which with the keyboard is especially challenging. Beautiful scenery and a simplified story line make this game worthy.

Aside from the challenging game play with the keyboard, which I'm told having a controller is much easier, the gameplay is interesting and amazing. There's not any real fighting per se, but some simple puzzles you must solve to continue on. Took me about 3 hours to complete it but still well worth the money.

stupid ninja onions made my face wet near the end.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
This is a really short and sad game, with a good story, different gameplay (you control two characters, the brothers, at the same time, yes SAME time), beautiful visuals, etc.
Maybe it's a little too expensive for such a short game, but if you buy it in a sale, it's worth it. At the beginning it's a little hard to control two characters at the same time, but you'll learn that fast, I promise. Emotional people, maybe you can save your tears to the end...
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
I enjoyed it. It reminded me of Journey.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
An absolute masterpiece that, in the beginning, can be questionably dull- Awkward mechanics can drive some away, but put a little time into it and the result is an emotional piece of art. 10/10, Everybody should play this.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
To be honest I underestimated this game. I thought that it would turn out to be overrated.
This is a truly beautiful game. This game made me feel genuine happiness, sadness, horror, and awe. This game gave me goosebumps, many, many, many cold chills, and even a few tears.
And it did all of this in a few hours. And without a word of English.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Really great game. Not much more I can say that hasn't already been said.

I'd recommend waiting for it on sale though
It's good but $15 for a 3 hour game is a little much
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