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.
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.
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.
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
Components: 3D Third-Person and Hand-Made