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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 Navigating a glider
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Windows Helping the turtle with her children
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons PlayStation 4 Boss battle with a troll
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons PlayStation 4 A sacrifice ritual in progress

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Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Screenshot Getting up here won't be easy
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Screenshot
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Screenshot
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "P13" -- Working title

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Game Over Online PlayStation 3 Sep 09, 2013 94 out of 100 94
PlayStation Official Magazine - UK PlayStation 3 Aug 07, 2013 9 out of 10 90
PC Games (Germany) Windows Sep 11, 2013 89 out of 100 89
PC Gamer Windows 2013 85 out of 100 85
Games TM PlayStation 3 Aug 08, 2013 8 out of 10 80
Destructoid Xbox 360 Aug 07, 2013 8 out of 10 80 Xbox 360 Sep 05, 2013 16 out of 20 80 Windows Aug 31, 2013 8 out of 10 80 Xbox One Aug 13, 2015 78 out of 100 78 PlayStation 4 Aug 26, 2015 15 out of 20 75


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