Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Summary

After their father becomes sick, two brothers search the world for a cure. Guide the brothers through various puzzles by controlling each brother separately on a single controller.

Brothers - Climbing a rope

Review

Brothers is a truly unique game that demonstrates how video games can be art. It is driven by its heartfelt story and although there is no dialogue (except gibberish), the message gets across through body language and tone. The scenery and lighting are gorgeous, too.

You control each brother separately on one controller, making it like a single-player co-op game. The brothers have to work together to get past obstacles. They have some unique abilties, too; for example, the older brother is stronger, but the younger brother is small enough to fit through bars. The puzzles themselves are simple, but satisfying… although they sometimes feel repetitive.

Brothers is a downright beautiful game and I loved it. My biggest complaint is that it’s pretty short and not very replayable. Whether the $15 retail price is worth 3-4 hours of gameplay is up to you, but I definitely recommend picking it up when it’s on sale. It was only $1.49 when I picked it up during the Winter sale.

Brothers - Snowy city

You might like this game if you like…

  • Beautiful, emotional stories
  • Video games as art
  • Gorgeous fantasy worlds
  • Unique gameplay

Want to play?

$14.99 on Steam (requires controller), Xbox, & PlayStation

Eskimo Escapades I: The Land Bridge

As mentioned on the Projects page, Eskimo Escapades I: The Land Bridge (EE1) is a game I created in C#, using XNA and Torque X, for my Game Programming Class (Fall 2010). It was designed to be used with an Xbox 360 controller, but it also works with equivalent keyboard input. My professor is involved in researching a narrow land bridge that spanned across Lake Huron thousands of years ago and he wanted us to create a game based on the land bridge. EE1 is a classic-style, turn-based, role-playing game (RPG) in which the player controls a team of four young Eskimos (warrior, mage, hunter, and healer) to get them across the land bridge to Canada. As the player moves across the game map, he or she encounters three bosses along the way: The Angry Snowman, The Lonely Yeti, and Scott the Mountie. These encounters trigger battles with the bosses and the player must defeat each of the bosses (using the four characters’ unique abilities) in order to get to Canada.

I want to go a little more in depth about the game, with more screenshots and a more detailed description.

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