Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons manages to create a unique and seemingly paradoxical game style, a single-player cooperative game in which your right hand has to cooperate with your left.
With its unique control scheme, I like to think of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons as a “rubbing your belly, while patting you head” simulator.
A kind of co-operative single player game, Brothers manages to represent a sibling relationship through the controller itself. Two characters can be controlled using each half of a controller, thus creating both a sense of unity between the brothers at the same time as representing the autonomy of each character simply through the act of controlling them as individuals and as a unit.
This week we explore how this 2-in-1 control scheme plays out mechanically and narratively in this indie darling from last year.