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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XxSuRvIvEr49xX
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Everyone needs to play this game, truly a beautiful game with an incredible story. Very different type of game, controls are different and they really made something interresting out of the dialogue!

For those looking to experience a great adventure

WOW!!!
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General Born
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
A solid puzzle / platformer with some gorgeous visuals and a surreal environment. Best of all, you can often get it for a song, justifying the rather short 3-4 hour playthrough.
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instant relief
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
A lovingly crafted fantasy adventure full of imaginative set pieces and mind-blowing controls. Must have.
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neeniya
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
This game is amazing. Hands down, one of the best stories I've played. It takes game play to a whole new level. I can honestly say, I've never played anything like this.

The controls are a bit tricky at first, but you get the hang of it. You control two characters at the same time, so it makes for a very interesting scenerio.
<spoiler> This dual controlling thing is a key part of the narrative. You'll come to a part and it'll just hit you why they made you control two people at once. </spoiler>

Although steam says you need a controller, you don't. I played using my keyboard.

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Chanel
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
2 players 1 conntroller is how this is meant to be played.
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Aghyad
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Such a wonderful game!
I don't even know where to start, the story is so good and emotional.
The music and the scenes together are breath taking.
One moment you are in a forest the next you are walking on ice.
and if you are wondering which language they were speaking, most of the time it was Arabic the rest was either Na or Ja and I don't really know what they mean.
Oh and the controls are a big tricky since that you are controling both of them at the same time but eventually you will get used to it, or just play it with your Brother I bet that would make it fun :)
Totally recommended I think everyone should play this beautiful game!
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Unkle Runkle
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
BETTER GRAB THE TISSUES
EXCEPT NOT FOR THE SAME REASON AS LAST TIME
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YaMiiYuGii
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
I just Played One Of The Best Games I've Ever Played In My Life.
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Lt Hobo
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Beautiful game and beautiful story.

Having just finished it, it brought this poem to mind;

"The waves are high and the sunset’s red,
So now it’s time to go to bed.

The tide is up and the wind does rip,
But this old ship’ll never tip.

We’re far at sea , days from land,
But if you’re scared just take my hand.

Just hold on tight boy-o-mine,
In my arms you’ll be just fine."
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payhemseht
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
If books convey their message through text, this game does so through everything that makes a video game a video game, from mechanics, to visuals and sound design.
Highly recommended if you want to see exactly how video games can stand alone as a medium without heavily resorting to cinematic tropes, heavy dialogue, and hours of cinematics.

By far, this stands out as my favorite game of all time.

Do yourself a favor and play through it in one sitting, you will not regret it.*

*DISCLAIMER: I don't know your life, so maybe you will, but we can't be friends then
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94 of 120 people (78%) found this review helpful
5 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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20 of 20 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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13 of 13 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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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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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Wow...that's all I can say...
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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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7 of 10 people (70%) 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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3 of 3 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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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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