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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Darth Revan
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
I honestly recommand this game for everyone. The music and the art was absolutely amazing, and the story just blew my mind. If this one doesn't make you want to sniffle a bit, you're clearly not human.
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DX SUPERSTAR
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
This game is a masterpiece. Beautiful, Unique and umm... Sad :'(
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kivircikmarsu
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
After i stopped crying i am restarted the game again because i want to see my brother in life again.

Amazing!
İf u still thinking about playing this game, u should be ♥♥♥♥*ng stupid.
Hell yeah modaffakaa.!!
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FindYourTower
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Loved the game! The story was creative, fully immersive, imaginative, and interlaced with heart, action and story twists in all the right places. The directing and cinematography was as good as the best that cinema has to offer.

Would definitely recommend the game and glad a good friend did the same for me.
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Adukra
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
A work of art both troubling and wonderful. Short, but thoroughly mesmerizing.
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BIRL
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Good game overall.. Good story and interesting mechanics to control the 2 brothers at the same time

So, basically, your father is sick and the 2 brothers have to go somewhere to get the medicine he needs to survive. And on your way there you have to solve some 'puzzles' to get past things and keep going..
- The puzzles are easy, it doesn't take too much time to figure out what you have to do.
- The mechanics are very interesting, controlling the 2 brothers at the same time takes some mental effort lol... It led to some funny moments when my brain went haywire and I ended up doing something stupid.
- The story is very simple, and there is not much depth to the characters, and the fact that they speak in a weird language (which btw, is a little annoying) doesn't help with that either.. But that was ok..
- The graphics are nice, really liked the scenarios.

I rate this game 7.5/10

It's a good game. However, it's very short, I finished in 3 hours and I'm pretty slow when I play, I think.. Another thing is that the 'puzzles' are not really challenging..

I wouldn't recommend buying this at the full price, but with 90% off, it's definitely worth it.
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BolaTheBall
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
A fun game with solid gameplay, good to play in one sitting.
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Sean B
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Got it in the sale, very short game but didn't really bother me because I got it so cheap. Worth a play.
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smileysil
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Very touching story and beautiful art style. One of the few games that really takes storytelling in video games to another level.

The plot focuses two brothers in an quest to find a cure for their dying father. The story is told without a single line of dialogue (mostly done through vocalization in a fictional language and gestures) which makes it all the more impressive.

The world is beautiful and filled with mystical creatures from classic European mythology.

You will need a controller to play this game properly but that works out for the best. Both characters are controlled simultaneously, one analog stick and a trigger assigned to each. It takes some getting used to but should not challenge you too much.

Only con I'd say is that the platforming feels a little off sometimes and the camera controls can be a little sticky.

Overall definitely worth playing once.
8/10 in my book.
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Blowler
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Beautiful.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
22 of 22 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
This game know how to hit your emotions!

btw it's a very good game, the charecters, locations, missions are so good even they are talking in a strange language. the game is short but it does all of the things so well in that short time.

i think everyone should try it
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons is an Action Adventure game set in a fantasy world.

You're Naiee and Naia, two brothers whose father is dying. After taking him with the village’s doctor, he says the only cure lies in the waters of the Tree of Life, then, Naiee and Naia embark on a journey to the tree, hoping to save their father, but the world is huge and dangerous, beautiful and dark.

Words don't do it justice, I've played many games over the years, but nothing like this, something not only enjoyable, but also soul touching. Here, you’ll forget about everything, while drowning in a beautiful story, worth every praise it has already gotten.

★★★★★ | Loved it
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
;_;

Amazing story, good controls that tie in to the narrative. A short yet enjoyable game.
Note: A controller is required for the best experience.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
this is a beautiful short game that's pieced together admirably, and it's one that i've become enamored with ♥

it's certain that the story itself is the pillar of this game's foundation while puzzle-solving stands as an inferior element. i personally didn't find that to be an issue since i'm not opposed to a non-challenging game as long as it still has its merits, which in this case, it does. although the playthrough (generally between two to six hours) is quite momentary, the wonderful quality makes it worthwhile.

i was pleased by the unique, simple-to-grasp gameplay and non-complex obstacles that merged flawlessly with the story's fluidity. each transition was a passage full of adventure-- i found delight in being met with lovely little surprises like riding mountain goats and sailing on a sky glider. i'd also pace my course throughout the scenic journey so i could appreciate the landscape encompassed by an enchanting ambience. as for the brothers, they were personable characters with a charm suitable for the heartfelt story. my fondness towards them progressed alongside the heroic tale, and with that, so did my devotion to their valorous pursuit. inevitably, this endearing story steadily tugged at my heartstrings until i fell in love with the entirety of it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
This game was a short but marvelous and breath-taking adventure that immersed me immensely in the short amount of play-time.
Story: 10/10
Controls (Steam Controller): 9/10
Audio: 9/10
Soundtracks: 10/10
Immersion: 9/10

[While I do recommend this game, I will have to agree with the negative reviews concerning the price for an approximately 2-3 hour long game. Also speaking about negative reviews I would recommend not reading them since they are mostly complaints about controls not being so great (somehow?), story not explaining everything to them (since they seem to lack creativity or an inability to think on their own), and finally complaints about the characters not speaking a real language.] Back to the matter at hand though, I recommend this game (especially to those with a sibling(s)) because, the story, which was and is the focus of this game, was fantastic and really provoked various emotions within me the entire way through, along with the controls contributing quite a bit to the immersion of the game (especially for me since I was on a Steam Controller) and also the beautiful and gruesome sceneries adding even more immersion, in the end I completed this game fully satisfied with finishing it and I would definitely come back to replay it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
A beautiful game with a story line fit for a movie. It is truely an amazing tale of the unfairness of life and how two brothers over came them . Everything is a gamble in life and this game shows that no outcome is truely without consequence.

The graphics are creative and diverse, from mountain tops, to tree forests, to the depths of caves and water. This game brings to life an epic journey through its amazing artwork. Lastly the sound (music and voices) are not overly done, by being subtle in the background. This lets the visuals shine and be the true show case of the story telling.

I highly recommend this game for its amazing ability to tell a story of life, with it's realism and understanding, without becoming predictable or boring. Congratulations to the developers and I wish more games were this memorable and immersive!

I give this 5 out of 5 Beers!

Cheers,
Frost
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
pretty good game, but controlling 2 chracters at the same time is hard :3
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons is often named as one of the best example of games that use the tools proper of the video game medium in a way that no other does.

The main "gimmick" of the game is the fact that you control the titular two brothers at once, using one analog control stick and one "action" button for each.
This mechanic, alien at first, quickly becomes second nature, letting you fully enjoy your travels through beautiful scenery following the brothers on a quest to find a cure for their dying father.

Talking about storytelling, that's another way Brothers sets itself apart from most other games, as the simple, fable-like story is told using gameplay and rare in-engine cutscenes.

You find out the personality and quirks of each brother by the way they interact with each other and with the people and creatures they encounter during the journey. You understand the power of their brotherly bond by the way they help each other out solving puzzles or getting out of difficult situations. All of this without ever having to read or hear a single word.

I would 100% recommend Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons if it wasn't already clear enough, as the way the game marries its storytelling to its mechanics is truly fascinating and definitely worth the 2 to 4 hours needed to complete it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
This game is very short, but damn it is worth playing. The world is beautiful and the story is simple and touching in many ways. I got this game for 1,49€ on summer sale, and dammit if it wasn't the best 1,49€ I've spent on Steam.

I'm not sure I would have bought it for full price considering the time it took to beat it, but if it's on sale just buy it!
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