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 (327 reviews) - 92% of the 327 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (21,401 reviews) - 95% of the 21,401 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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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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¥.J.MäLm§†££ñ ®
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Lie down. Try not to cry. Cry a lot.
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DarthCupcake
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I didn't come here for all these feels... Who are the writers? Why did they do this? Do they not have any happiness in their lives?
Great gameplay, but very sad story :(
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♋ Shry0b ⑨ You Take My Self-
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Product received for free
Before I start to try to write a review, I want to give you two points that may give you a better approach to this game:
1) It doesn't really need a controller. Keyboard works fine and, probably just for this game, is better than a controller.
You'll understand why, I'm sure of that. Basically, don't use the controller.
2) It is a short game, so I recommend you to buy it at 75% or 90% discount.

Before you read (As my review could not appear as interesting nor helpful) Buy it, while keeping in mind those two points I wrote.

Shall we start now?

This game is enchanting. A fable. Entrancing landscapes reminds me of paintings, a game of lights, strong yet soft colors that you probably dream about when listening to yes, a fable.
The music is another turmoil of emotions that blows with the story, the hills, the water, the grasslands. It's the wind itself that lifts leaves and sighs, smiles and tension.
Their own language doesn't need to be truly understood. You won't need to understand their words to bond with their footsteps and their story.

I used the word "Fable" Because is what I truly saw and wanted to believe to when I played this game.
As such then, it has a moral: how harsh is not life itself, but living.
You'll see how places of sadness and slavery can't suffocate hope and love, you'll live while the past haunts you, growing over a guilt that shouldn't exist.
You'll see how mischiefs and purity of a child, even when on a journey to save your father's life, wins against all odds.
You'll see that the bright life of your village is a deep contrast to what lies behind its gates, among rivers of blood and vultures.
And you'll understand that the only way through everything is to keep pushing forward: it doesn't matter if you are half of what you were when everything began. It doesn't matter if you were a bit spoiled; because life gives and pretends you to give her the same and a bit more, even if you don't smile anymore. Even if you're alone (Although you never are truly alone).
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Hornchief
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
A very short, yet powerful game that is honestly movie-worthy. It's gameplay, absolutely gorgeous environment, and godlike storytelling makes this game a must buy, especially now for only $2.00.
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Golden Monkey
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
A good game. A great game. Possibly the best game. A game for brothers.
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SlapDaJoker
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Amazing game! it's a crazy story, Love goinbg through an colelcting all the achivements. beauttiful world graphics! playing with a controller would be the best way to play the game! now only down part is the gameplay it self was only 3-4 hours long, Now with that being said this has to be my Favorite Indie game!
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Fade
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
This is a beautiful game with great mechanics and story , only bad thing about it is that i did not play it sooner.
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[K37] ★rOoTlEsS★
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
A very nice and beautifully done game. Can recommend this to anyone who wants to play with a friend, kids or anyone. I bought this game on sale, would have also paid full price for this precious.
Going to look for more of this studio. The experience was just amazing.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
74 of 94 people (79%) found this review helpful
4 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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Wow...that's all I can say...
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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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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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