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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 Windows Riding the mountain-goats
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Windows Little brother needs to bury old brother
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Windows Little brother is on the back of old brother in the mountain river
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Windows Girl proposes to visit her place

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Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Other Taking a Break
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Screenshot That's a steep fall
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Screenshot
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Other Love Birds


Alternate Titles

  • "P13" -- Working title

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Shoost Jan 09, 2014 10 out of 10 100
Giant Bomb Sep 19, 2013 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Absolute Games ( Sep 17, 2013 90 out of 100 90
Adventure Gamers Aug 13, 2013 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GamingTrend Sep, 2013 90 out of 100 90
PC Games (Germany) Sep 11, 2013 89 out of 100 89
PC Gamer 2013 85 out of 100 85
Riot Pixels Oct 07, 2013 83 out of 100 83 Aug 31, 2013 8 out of 10 80
Factornews Oct 31, 2013 7 out of 10 33


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Sciere (473339) added Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (Windows) on Sep 03, 2013
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