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Bramble (2023) The Mountain King is a grim fairy tale adventure where you lead Ollie, a young child, through the fantastical landscape filled with hideous creatures. You play by directing your young character through the world, running from dangers and traversing to safety. It's unusual not only for the dark fable but the hand-crafted visuals that conjure the sense of playing in a story book.

To play you explore the beautiful yet twisted land of Bramble to rescue your sister. The landscape itself is a challenge to get through with thorny plants and big gaps to jump. But the real danger here are the deadly encounters with Bramble’s many hideous creatures.

As you progress you discover that not everything is how it first appears. This is a land where creatures big and small must be approached with caution. Each of the creatures needs to be dealt with in different and unique ways. Often, hiding and circumnavigating the most dangerous encounters is more advisable. Or sometimes, it's kindness rather than combat that saves the day. To help you as you delve deeper into the world, you are steadily granted special abilities to help you endure the pitfalls and trials in your path.

The result is a game that not only looks unusual, but offers an interesting play experience. It may appear to be a children's tale, but the darkness here matches anything you might find in a Grimm's Fairytale.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Bramble 18 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 8 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative and Traversal game with Adventure, Fighting, Platform and Puzzle elements. This is a single-player game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

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Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for Extreme Graphic Violence and violence against vulnerable and defenceless characters. This game features graphic violence. The player's character has to try to avoid various large enemies throughout the game. If he fails, the enemy characters may crush or drown him, dismember him using a meat cleaver, or bite off his head. There is use of blood effects. It is also possible for the player's character and fantasy characters to be caught in bear traps, which cause dismemberment and large amounts of blood. The violence is graphic and realistic looking. The game also includes male and female nudity, albeit without sight of genitals.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Strong Violence.
Throughout the game, you fight monsters in the form of bosses. These scenes are violent and bloody. Some of the monsters have human traits, but all are monsters/creatures in Nordic folklore. In addition, you see dead creatures and animals in magical forests, these create storytelling around the trolls' everyday life. Some fantasy creatures have bodies that resemble the human shape, sometimes they appear semi-nude or wearing revealing clothing. There are skeletons seen in the world.

Skill Level

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to not only cope with the violent setting, but have quick reactions and cope with being under pressure. There's also a need to get around the world efficiently. Following the narrative also adds to the enjoyment.

CostsCosts

Bramble usually costs £24.99.
 

Bramble: The Mountain King

Bramble

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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 27/04/2023

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Traversal (Adventure, Fighting, Platform and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 3D Third-Person and Hand-Made

Developer: Dimfrost Studio (@DimfrostStudio)


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