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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fairgotron
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
No , I am not crying... T_T
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Rănit bolboreta
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
Nice game
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succ
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
0/194 no incest
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Octopug
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Beautiful game, great story and one of the best indie games I've played in recent years.
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Major Seventh
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Felt like experiencing a movie actively, rather than passively. This game should be a case study on how to tell a story well through gameplay alone.

Controlling the 2 brothers is used masterfully in a way that lets you experience their relationship to one another and to other NPCs, moving beyond just showing these to you. Also, even though there is no (intelligible) dialog, you always know what is being said by interpreting gestures and tone. Having to understand what everyone is saying by feeling and reacting to it yourself is another clever way of involving you in the story.

I thought controlling 2 characters at the same time would be complicated, but the game makes it easy. Mostly this is because the only other thing you can do besides moving is a context-specific interaction with objects and characters. The puzzles aren't hard either, and are mainly just obstacles that serve to convey the relationship between the 2 brothers and keep the game fun. You'll never get stuck, which is appropriate for this game - the journey is meant to flow. That flow isn't impeded by the achievements either - they are mostly rewards for observing things not far off the main path, and none are missable because of chapter select. Thus, completionists can sit back and enjoy the game, and return later to 100% it with minimal backtracking. The game length is short, but exactly right - it took me 4.5 hours to finish w/ 9 achievements, and about 10 more minutes to return to a few places and 100%.

The scenery and music (ambient mostly) are beautiful and contribute to feeling like you're on an adventure. Some spots were so nice that I ended up stopping and taking a screenshot. The tone gets slightly dark in a few places, which didn't really bother me, but came as a surprise based on my initial expectations. It's not really a kids game. The story is a bit sad, but not in a manipulative way, more in a way that reveals that you played something you cared about.

Bottom line - set aside a few hours and play Brothers if you can appreciate a good story and don't always need fast-paced action or high-intensity puzzle solving.
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widgetguy
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Quick Summary: Short puzzle platformer focused on “show, don’t tell” plot, with controls that take some getting used to. You can finish the game in a few hours, and it will take close to that long to get used to controlling the two brothers.

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons has a fairly generic plot, where two brothers are going on a quest to save an injured family member, but nothing is really spelled out for you because the game uses a made up language and there are no subtitles. You literally don’t know what anyone is saying for the entire game. However, you can pretty much guess what’s going on from the context of each conversation. Your ultimate goal is to get to a magical tree and return with a healing potion.

First of all, as the game’s Steam page tells you Brothers requires a controller to play. In this case an Xbox 360 controller worked for me, and I read somewhere that Playstation controllers may have trouble. The reason for the controller requirement is that you’re controlling two characters at the same time with 2 different joysticks. This is not like Trine where you switch between controllable characters, you actually need to control both brothers on the screen simultaneously. If you’re a keyboard + mouse person like me you’ll have some trouble getting used to the control scheme, especially in the portions later on with simultaneous swinging/platforming.

Pros:
+Interesting concept of dual controls. Maybe I just haven’t played as many games as some people but I’ve never seen this before.
+The game’s puzzles are pretty intuitive, and you probably won’t need much in the way of hints to solve most of them.
+A touching story, despite not understanding any dialogue.

Cons:
-A very short game, with very little replay value. I beat it in about 3 hours and will probably never play it again now that I’ve experienced the story.

Overall the game is a fun, short diversion. The Steam score of “overwhelmingly positive” is probably due to everyone giving it thumbs for being “worth playing.” It isn’t the greatest game ever, but it’s a nice diversion for an afternoon.

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Spyr0z
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Learn how to multitask in 3 hours.
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炒魷魚 (Stir-Fried-Squid)
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Beautiful fairy tale adventure. Sad story.

9/10
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Atratzu
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
-Quick Review-
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is an story-based adventure game, developed by Starbreeze Studios and released in 2013. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a game where you play as two sons who are sent to retrieve a cure for their very ill father. ...And that's the "elevator speech" version of it, read on for mechanics and my experience playing the game with a keyboard and mouse (It's definitely better with a controller, but doable with a keyboard).
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=748504306

-Detailed breakdown review-
Story: I don't dare go into greater detail for the story of this game. You control both brothers throughout the game to get past obstacles. The character express themselves with physical gestures, and the tone of their voices, but they speak in a fictional language (don't worry, your language settings aren't set up incorrectly, like I first thought when I started playing). The game starts up very light heartedly, and then progressively grows more grim as you journey across the fairy tail land.

Gameplay: So as I said in my introduction, I played through this game completely with a keyboard and mouse... and my short summary is this: Don't. If there is ANY way for you to play this with a controller of any type, you should do that. Heck, maybe you can plug in a Joystick if you still have one of those laying around (side note: no idea if that would actually work, don't yell at me if it doesn't, it was a joke).
The game controls very well, but ONLY if you're controlling one brother at a time. My keyboard starts to hang up if I try to move both. But I'm getting ahead of myself! You control the younger brother with the arrow keys and the CTRL key, While the older brother is controlled with my old friend WASD and Space Bar.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=748504338

For the first few levels of the game I realized my coordination wasn't nearly as good as it should have been, I kinda felt like I was playing a two player game by myself! (I get lonely, don't judge me) Then I came across a problem when I was trying to use the brothers to rotate an object, I had to press two keys with the older brother: WD, and hold the space bar. And hit two keys with the younger brother: Up Arrow, right Arrow... AND hold the CTRL key! Let me repeat that: holding SPACE, and CTRL, and pressing and two letter keys and two arrow keys.

Now some of you out there already know what went wrong, but I went blissfully through my life not knowing I ever needed to press more keys at once then to write face rolling text: awkernhflkajnfaadf. The problem? "N-Key Rollover count" (some people also refer to as "ghosting"). I can only hit so many keys on my cheap plastic input device, before my keyboard is like "nah, that's enough, don't be greedy".

Some people with mechanical keyboards with anti-ghosting or high N-Key Rollover won't notice anything, and then your only problem will be if your brain can process what you're trying to do. (again, I assume the controls feel much better with a controller even then). If you want to know if your computer will have problems with N-Key Roll over or ghosting, Microsoft has this nifty little website you can test it on: https://www.microsoft.com/appliedsciences/content/projects/KeyboardGhostingDemo.aspx

Okay, as far as the puzzles themselves go... They're not particularly tricky, I did over think a few of them, but that's my own fault. btw, don't stack 5 sheep and the eldest brother on the bridge, because that's not how the puzzle works. You'll just see a bunch of flying sheep because that draw bridge is the strongest thing since Samson! As a whole the game mechanics aren't revolutionary, sometimes challenging, but they're introduced quite well and are quite appropriate for the story, and they feel very good and you learn how to use both hands in a very different way from most puzzle games.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=748504392

Conclusion: If you're reached it this far, you're probably either angry that I haven't really praised Brothers: A Tale of Two sons very much in this review, or you're thinking "okay, so a game with a strong story, semi-challenging controls... What is the big deal about this game, and why do people seem to love it so much?" Simple answer: This game is an experience.
I feel like I should slap myself for a cheap cop out, but that's the best answer I think I can give. Coming into this game I had heard some very high praise for the game, many people heralding it as one of the best games of 2013, many also saying it's their favorite game.

I had high expectations, but I wasn't quite sure what to expect... I didn't expect to laugh, and then feel chilling fear, then dread, then to burst into tears, regain composure, then to weep. Damn it my eyes are watering just writing this much. Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons is a fantastic game and I highly recommend to anyone.
It connects and hits strongest to people who have brothers and sisters. At a certain age it becomes even more effective... Being the eldest. I have two younger brothers, and I empathized most with the older brother, but I think it doesn't make much difference which age in your family you are, regardless of whom you identify with, the story will move you, and I've said enough.
As always, thank you for reading.
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Jim
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Not played this game yet. I will tell you about it when i do play it.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=733919928
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.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=733920192

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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.

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=733919776
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
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
really good game with a nice story. a fantastic game; 4 stars
★★★★

positives

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

negatives

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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
A Game defining the bond between the Brothers... it's Awesome, Emotional, thus a sad ending which I really Cried for.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
I enjoyed it. It reminded me of Journey.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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
Recommended
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
Recommended
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
It's a good game with a very interesting game,but this game is short. I recommend you to buy this game if you like sotry mode games. You need a partner to play The Brothers "A Tale of Two Sons"
I like it !
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