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Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP is presented as a vinyl disc with different tracks that act as episodes. It is set in the Caucasus Mountains and stars The Scythian, a female character that embarks on a quest. A side-scrolling platformer in appearance, it is much closer to an adventure game with nods to the likes of Zelda. It is largely focused on exploration, has environment puzzles that are mandatory to progress, and includes classic combat sequences. There is also a focus on sound and music, and it has a distinct retro 8-bit art style.

During her quest The Scythian meets many characters, such as Girl and Logfella. There is also The Archetype, an omniscient character that appears to narrate the story (first-person, "we") and calls her quest a session of trials. He appears in between episodes as an interlude and often urges the player to take a rest.

On mobile devices the entire game is navigated through touch-based controls. Moving around is done by tapping or by holding down a finger and moving along a path. Actions are performed by tapping twice and pinching is used to zoom. During fights tapping an attack or a shield icon is required. Rotating the device 90 degrees is needed to take out the sword, initiate fights and also to open the Megatome when the book has been discovered. The latter often acts as a hint system. During her quest The Scythian gradually learns new abilities that allow her to manipulate objects in the environment. It is possible to die during fights and progress is saved automatically. On the PC the touch-based input has been reworked with point-and-click mouse control. Tilting the device has been replaced by rotating the image on the screen with a key.


Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP iPad A mountain with the shape of a large head
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP iPad The Scythian practises some of her new magic.
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP iPad Strange lights are part of a puzzle here.
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Windows The Megatome lets us see what other people think

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Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Concept Art Lego sculpture constructed, staged & photographed in late March by Clay Morrow & his sons Ever & Levi, Teletex readers from Burbank, California, in late March 2010.<br> Clay writes:<br> <i>Having spent countless hours playing with Lego and then later with an NES and its pixels I've always felt a connection between the two! S&S really struck a chord with me and my kids, and it has us revisiting some old videogame systems that I had in storage.</i>
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Concept Art
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Other iPhone & iPod Touch platforms announcement.
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "超级兄弟:剑与巫术 EP" -- Simplified Chinese spelling

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GameZebo Windows Mar 30, 2011 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Thunderbolt Games iPhone Jul 02, 2011 10 out of 10 100
Touch Arcade iPad Mar 23, 2011 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
148apps iPad Apr 01, 2011 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
IGN Windows Apr 24, 2012 9 out of 10 90
XGN Windows May 16, 2012 8.8 out of 10 88 Android Jan 16, 2013 88 out of 100 88
Indie Game Magazine Windows Apr 18, 2012 84 out of 100 84 (UK) iPad Mar 24, 2011 7 out of 10 70
PC PowerPlay Australia Windows Jun, 2012 7 out of 10 70


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