Published on December 29th, 2017 | by Kirk Hiner0
Bring It! Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons for Apple TV
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is one of the best games I’ve ever played on my iPad. A story-driven adventure from Swedish film director, Josef Fares, and released by 505 Games, the game follows two brothers who set out on a journey to find the “Water of Life” that alone can save their dying father.
Fun, huh? Well, the seriousness of the subject matter doesn’t weigh too heavily on the game. Most of the focus is on environmental puzzles with some light combat, all of which is handled via two-controller input; one for each brother.
On the iPad, you simultaneously control one brother with a virtual d-pad under your left thumb, the other brother with the right. It sounds complicated, but it’s actually pretty easy to get the hang of it. You’ll move them to different locations to simultaneously flip levers, trigger an open door for the other to get through, that kind of thing. One brother is bigger and stronger, the other is smaller but more nimble. Figuring out which brother to use at which point is part of the fun.
Their journey is at points funny, at other points touching, and the ending has some pretty significant impact. What’s more impressive is that the whole story is told without words…or, at least without words we can understand.
I’d like to see Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons updated for Apple TV largely because of the game’s visual splendor. The environments are lushly colored and detailed, and I often felt I was missing the impact on the relatively smaller screen of the iPad.
Siri Remote controls would be a problem as you can’t use two thumbs on its small input area. You’d need to have an MFi gamepad, or perhaps the game could be coded for two people can play at a time; one controlling each brother with his/her iPhone. As fun as the game is to play by yourself, I imagine working with another could hammer home the significance of the brothers working together.
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons won more than 50 awards upon its initial release, including Game of Year, BAFTA, and DICE, and it deserves some new life on a new platform. I’d love for that platform to be tvOS. In the meantime, the iOS version is available for $2.99 in the App Store (sadly, a Mac version didn’t accompany the Windows release).
For more information, visit www.brothersthegame.com.