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Brothers is a single-player cooperative game where the player controls two brothers independently and simultaneously. The game starts in a village where the two young brothers live. Their mother drowned in the sea and their father is ailing. The two set out to find the Water of Life, which is said to hold the power to cure their father. Both brothers are controlled separately for movement and actions. The game strings together various scenes where the brothers must solve puzzles by helping each other, for instance by pulling levers, dragging items, distracting dangerous characters or operating a catapult. Not by controlling them separately, but often both at the same time. Next to movement they can also climb, hang from ledges and slide down. There are a few enemies along the way, but these cannot be fought directly. Instead, a more inventive approach needs to be found.

The game focuses on exploration and especially environment-based puzzle-solving to progress. The game is shown with a third-person view, often shown from a distance or above, and with a fixed camera. The level design is linear with a single path to progress. It also contains various sequences not related to the main quest where the brothers have fun together, to establish the atmosphere. The environment has a fantasy-like atmosphere with different locales such as villages, mountains, a sequence where they travel by boat over a river, a frozen landscape etc.


Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons PlayStation 4 The benches serve as sightseeing points
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons PlayStation 4 Make sure to stay in the light to avoid getting eaten by a pack of hungry wolves
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Windows Trying to imitate the blood-god and to save the victim
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons PlayStation 4 Using the rope swinging technique to reach further areas

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Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Screenshot
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Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Screenshot
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "P13" -- Working title

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Giant Bomb Windows Sep 19, 2013 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Game Over Online PlayStation 3 Sep 09, 2013 94 out of 100 94
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Sep 17, 2013 90 out of 100 90
Official Xbox Magazine (UK) Xbox 360 Aug 07, 2013 9 out of 10 90
PC Games (Germany) Windows Sep 11, 2013 89 out of 100 89
Riot Pixels Windows Oct 07, 2013 83 out of 100 83
Eurogamer.pt Windows Aug 31, 2013 8 out of 10 80
Push Square PlayStation 3 Sep 09, 2013 8 out of 10 80
4Players.de Xbox 360 Aug 09, 2013 77 out of 100 77
Edge PlayStation 3 Aug 07, 2013 7 out of 10 70


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