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.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (17,356 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 3, 2013

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"My top game of 2013 and probably of all time. A truly unique game in which you control a pair of brothers on a quest to save their father. Powerful."
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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

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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
    • Hard Drive: 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)
Helpful customer reviews
101 of 111 people (91%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
This is what games were meant to be: a way to use game mechanics to tell a story and bringing it to the next level.

I felt feels.
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53 of 53 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons is a splendidly innovative, little game with pleasing aesthetics and a touching narrative that is sure to amuse nearly any gamer. This game is a quintessential example of the avant-garde in gaming. Perfectly crafted single-player co-op is now a reality as Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons will have you controlling two characters simultaneously (by using the dual joysticks of modern controllers) as you embark on a short, but heartfelt, adventure.

The game plays as an adventure-puzzler game. You will have to control both of your characters simultaneously and use their different strengths and abilities in tandem to solve the various puzzles you encounter on your adventure. It really is quite an experience and there were several times where I could actually feel my brain get crossed-up as I tried to control both characters at once. This is definitely the kind of game that exercises your brain. I would say this mechanic alone would make the game worth playing, even if the other aspects were poor. Fortunately, pretty much all the other aspects of the game are first-rate as well.

Supplementing the innovative mechanics at the core of the game are the elegant graphics, pleasing soundscape, and overall charming atmosphere. There are some really varied and well-crafted areas to traverse as you play through the story. More than just looking different, the various areas of the game feel different— and each add their own twist to the gameplay.

The game is ultimately a story-driven experience. That story is simple, but told well— evoking empathy. The levels, while gorgeous, are quite linear; and the puzzles, while innovative, are quite simple. And those factors only serve to contribute to the brevity of the game. Most people should be able to complete the game in 3 to 4 hours; it is the kind of thing that can (and probably should) be done in one immersive sitting. It is the definition of “short-and-sweet.”

Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons is one of those games I would say basically everyone will enjoy. Even if you don’t really play games that much, or are someone who only plays a specific genre very different from this, I still must implore you to play this game. It is very well-crafted, delightfully innovative, and short enough that it is worth anyone’s time to experience.

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48 of 52 people (92%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
All I will say about this game is, play it on your own in one sitting (2-3 hours). Stick with it, let yourself become immersed in the world. Enjoy it and see it through to the end.

This game is a gem. i didn't expect to like it so much. The story and ending are simply amazing. I recommend this game to anyone who likes a good adventure. The game is only 3 hours long and there is not too much of a challenge but overall it's an awesome experience. i enjoyed this more than any of these recent blockbuster games. Yes it's that good. 9/10
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26 of 31 people (84%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 14
I was blown away by this game:
  • The controls were good ... it's difficult to wire your brain to control both characters at the same time, but this control scheme was simple, elegant and just made sense.
  • Relatively linear and easy, but it just allows more time to enjoy the game. The entire thing is like a gorgeous painting.
  • At core, the puzzles are all simple, but the variety and variations kept things fresh and enjoyable.
  • Scenes and panoramas ... just incredible. My favorite parts was when the camera would show you an area that you had just traipsed through 5-10 minutes before.
  • Level design. Incredible variety. Pastures, mountains, battlefields. The part where the ogre(?) is helping you climb a mountain is very clever. The battlefield ... awesome and a bit twisted. There are zip lines (for lack of a better term), boats, hang-gliding, goat-riding ... I forgot about the goat-riding!
  • Short but sweet. Just a ton of goodness compacted into a game that's decent length. I wouldn't want it shorter, and there's just no need to stretch it out. Well, I wouldn't complain if the developers cut the last level ... some of it was just unnecessary.

What I didn't like:
  • I didn't like controlling the boat.
  • I really, really didn't like the last level. I get that the developers want to drive in some emotion, but the stuff they have your character do after collecting the medicine was just effed up.

All in all, a great game. Even the stuff I didn't like was very minor in the whole scheme of things and doesn't take away from the sheer amazement you get. Incredible game. I really can't see the developers topping this gem.

In some ways, I might even consider this to be the best indie game ever. My current No.1 is Cave Story, which is a completely different game, so maybe we'll just call it a tie.

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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Two brothers sent out on a task to save thier father. Though tragedy strikes, One rises to the ocassion. An absolutely marvelous game from start to finish. Graphics, artistic views and scenery are very detailed. Gameplay is great. Achievements are a little tricky but they can all be attained. Once you complete the game you can always go back and finish any achievement by selecting any chapter. As far as contollers I played with keyboard and 360 contol pad either one gave me no problems for some players it might but overall its very much worth the gameplay. 9/10.
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