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Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (2013) is an action-adventure game where you simultaneously control two brothers on a quest to save their ill father. In single-player you control each brother with one of the controller sticks, or in co-op with a friend you each control one of the brothers. It stands out for offering a fairy tale adventure where interactions are integral to the story in unexpected ways.

After their mother passes away, the two brothers must find some water from the Tree of Life to save their father. With no option for failure, the brothers must rely on each other using their individual skills to protect one another and overcome the obstacles ahead in this unforgettable journey.

Play leans into this narrative with controls that change as things develop. In particular, controlling each brother at the same time with one the sticks adds a sense of collaboration and tension to the traversal, puzzles and platforming. In this way, you solve puzzles, discover hidden stories, traverse dangerous locations, and fight deadly bosses.

The result is a journey of sibling companionship that speaks of the powerful bond not only between brothers but also with parents. The updated and polished Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Remake version of the game has been rebuilt from the ground up to recreate the characters and landscapes of the original.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 8 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure, Brain Game and Traversal game with Action, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. For the original game, you can play two players on one controller on most systems. On Switch it supports two controllers. On Xbox you can use Copilot to play on two controllers.

For the remake you can play two controllers on all systems.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for strong violence. This game features occasional violence against human-like characters, inflicted using medieval weaponry such as crossbows and axes. When used, these weapons cause realistic-looking reactions.

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Remake is rated PEGI 16 for strong violence, including graphic violence towards fantasy characters. This game contains depictions of strong and realistic violence involving human characters. One scene in particular shows the player's character encountering a man with a noose around his neck, with the noose attached to a tree. The man jumps from a chair, causing him to struggle and choke. If the player does not help the man, he is shown continuing to choke until he dies and can then be seen hanging from the tree briefly before the screen fades. The game also contains examples of graphic violence towards fantasy characters. One section features a puzzle which requires the player's character to push the arm of a dead giant who is holding an axe. The axe eventually falls and chops off the leg of another giant's corpse.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Blood, Mild Language, Violence. Players traverse platforms, solve puzzles, and interact with enemy giants in a fantasy setting. Some sequences depict brief instances of violence: a man struggling while dangling from a noose; a boy punching and strangling a character in a dream sequence. One scene, set among mountains, depicts rivers of red blood. Small blood-splatter effects occur when attacking giants; giants' bodies may contain streaks of blood on them. A director's commentary contains the words “a*s” and “p*ssed off.”.

Skill Level

10+ 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. The gameplay skill required is a good match for younger teenagers, with problem solving, manual dexterity and lateral thinking.


Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons usually costs £9.99 to £14.99.

Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons

XBox Store Xbox One £14.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £14.99
Steam Store PC £10.99
Switch Store Switch £9.99
App Store Mac -
XBox Store Xbox X|S -
PlayStation Store PS5 -
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 07/08/2013, updated in 2024

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Adventure, Brain Game, Traversal (Action, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle)

Accessibility: 11 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Starbreeze AB (@StarbreezeAB)

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