Brave: The Search for Spirit Dancer

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Brave is a young native American boy who lives in the forest. As he wants to become a warrior, the elderly shaman Grey Bear prepares an adventure and hides carvings that will grant him new skills. During the search, however, the village is brutally attacked by the demonic creature Wendigo. Brave is the only one who can defeat it, but in order to do that, he has to track the path of the mysterious shaman Spirit Dancer, discover his past, and find the means to defeat the evil force.

Brave is a 3D third-person platformer with puzzles. Set in worlds with different themes (ice world, volcanic world, wastelands, forest...), Brave can roam freely, but certain parts are only opened up after solving quests. The boy can jump, duck, climb, and do basic attack moves. While observing, for certain actions, and when using ranged weapons, a first-person view is available as well. During the adventure, Brave acquires new abilities, which allow him to track creatures by smell or their tracks, mimic animals' sounds to lure or distract them, summon creatures, or invoke shaman powers to become an animal (an eagle, a bear, a rabbit and even a skunk). Health is acquired by killing animals or destroying vegetation. Brave can also collect up to five eagle feathers, which allow him to stock up on shaman power that provides superior strength for a short time.

The exploration gameplay has been mixed with action sequences, where you canoe down river rapids, or ride on a buffalo or an eagle while fighting. There is a strong emphasis on movement and platform-jumping, and there is an adjustable difficulty level, reflected in the amount of hints Grey Bear provides through a "mobile stone". Next to the abilities, there are different weapons to be found, such as spears, tomahawks and bows. Additionally, Brave can search for secret totems that open up concept art in the menu.


Brave: The Search for Spirit Dancer PlayStation 2 Sasquatch explains
Brave: The Search for Spirit Dancer PlayStation 2 New winter coat
Brave: The Search for Spirit Dancer PlayStation 2 Playing in the treetops
Brave: The Search for Spirit Dancer PlayStation 2 Ice climbing

Alternate Titles

  • "Brave: A Warrior's Tale" -- Wii & Xbox 360 title

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Play Magazine PlayStation 2 2007 8 out of 10 80 PlayStation 2 Sep 03, 2005 75 out of 100 75 PlayStation 2 Jun 06, 2005 14 out of 20 70
Armchair Empire, The PlayStation 2 May 28, 2007 7 out of 10 70
FOK!games PlayStation 2 Oct 03, 2005 69 out of 100 69
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Apr 10, 2007 6.6 out of 10 66
PSX Extreme PlayStation 2 Apr 10, 2007 6.2 out of 10 62
MAN!AC PlayStation 2 Jun 03, 2005 60 out of 100 60
Gamer Limit Xbox 360 Aug 23, 2009 4.5 out of 10 45 Xbox 360 Oct 08, 2009 38 out of 100 38


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At one point of the game Brave meets a creature who he helps to catch some fish and they have a little adventure together. When they part their ways, the creature says: "So long and thanks for the fish." This might be a small nod towards Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker trilogy of books, especially the fourth (!) book of the series, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish.
Contributed to by Charly2.0 (33922) and Sciere (321939)