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TrickyBrotherIt's another chilly day in the frigid mountainous north-lands. As seems to happen so often, an errant gust of wind has blown your family away from the safety of your cavern. With all the clanking machinery, dangerous lava pits, and mysterious ruins lying about, they could be just about anywhere. Yet... a icy wind is blowing and the fire is never as warm when you sit by it alone. And so you tighten the hood of your parka and set out for adventure. After all, protecting the sibs is what a Brother is supposed to do, right? This quirky new point-and-click puzzle game from Luke Thompson may have an arctic aesthetic, but it has a very warm heart indeed.

Using the mouse, you must click your way about the mountain range, solving puzzles and collecting items with the ultimate goal of rescuing your family members. Clicked items can be manipulated or added to your inventory. Some puzzles have clear rules to be followed, while others require experimentation to proceed. The fires scattered about act as transporters, and can save you quite a bit of walking once they're lit. Above all, Brother is a game of exploration and observation, and it's hard not to be soothed by its measured pacing.

With its cute visuals and sedate atmosphere, Brother is reminiscent of Samorost, if with a more technical edge to its challenges. The frozen landscapes have a gorgeous sparseness and the plot, while minimalistic, is immediately gripping: invoking concern for a lost family may be an easy way to create drama, but it is undeniably effective. Some of the puzzles do tend to the brute force solution of "clicking everything to see what works", which is compounded by the distinct lack of documentation. It's relatively easy to suss out what your goals are through trial and error, but it's frustrating when a "help" button sends you to a YouTube video, rather than an instruction screen. Still, the parka-clad protagonists with their colorful garments and pictogram language have a distinct charm. Their adorableness may certainly cause you to feel that you owe it to them to solve every puzzle and bring them home. Overall, Brother has the appeal of a mug of hot cider at the end of a blustery day.

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Brother Walkthrough:

You can rescue your brothers in different orders, although some rescues must be completed before others.
First Rescue: Musical

  1. Click on the circled area and watch the cutscene.

  2. Click the branch twice to take it.

  3. Go back inside the cave and get the yellow gem. Note the fire.

  4. Go right to the bridge. Click on the white banner hanging to unfurl it and note the musical notes. You can click on the notes to hear what they sound like; note the colors they flash when you click them.

  5. Continue right. Stand on the elevator and press the red button.

  6. Click the sticks to light the fire.

  7. Play the notes in accordance with the musical clue:

    if they were numbered from left to right, 1, 1, 5, 5, 6, 6, 5.

Second Rescue: Water and Chains

  1. Stand in the cage that the brother you just rescued was standing it and hit any musical note to go up.

  2. Click the rock to send it flying and take the red gem hidden behind it.

  3. Go down and down again to the gear area, then right.

  4. Light the fire in the sticks.

  5. Go right and adjust the ramp by hitting the plus sign so you can use the rock to hit the objects (by clicking and dragging the rock to launch, as if it were a giant slingshot). The correct heights are one click, three clicks, and four clicks.

  6. Go right and enter the cave.

  7. Hit the pumps in this order:

    If they were numbered left to right, 1, 3, 5, 1, 3, 5, 3, 5, 3, 1, 3, 5

Third Rescue: Floating in Space

  1. Take any fire by double clicking on it and go to the Brother area.

  2. Ride the rope with the stick (you should have picked it up off the tree earlier) to the volcano.

  3. Quickly click the green gem to grab it. If you miss, try again by lighting and using the fire in the volcano.

  4. Go left, enter the puzzle, and click on the gems to make a path to the exit:

    down, down, left, up, left, down, down, left, left

  5. The best way to solve this next part is with the sound as a clue--it gets louder as you approach the right spot.

    The right spot is in the lower left.

  6. Double click the fire.

Fourth Rescue: Locked in the Dark

  1. Go back up to the Brother area. Click on the H until it falls and makes a hole, then go through the hole.

  2. Take the gear, then go through the fire to the bridge area and backtrack to the gear area.

  3. Click on the halved gear ot make it hole.

  4. Take the key and travel by fire back to the dark area.

  5. Click on the caged area to rescue another brother.

Fifth Rescue: Five Gems

You should have all five gems by now. Go by fire to the cave with the gems hovering over it and your brother will exit automatically.

Sixth Rescue: Outrun the Volcano

  1. Go back inside the volcano via fire and go right.

  2. Click on the different platforms to make it so they are all forming a path.

    Click the middle platform until it's all the way down, then click the right most one so it's all the way down, then click the second one, then the fourth one.

  3. Go right. Since you've rescued your first five brothers, all the platforms will be lit up. Try to walk on them, and you'll fall.

  4. As you fall, you'll come across a convenient umbrella. Click it to float down.

  5. Now you have to run away from the volcano. Some are easiest to describe where to click via screen cap, others by describing.

    1. First. Click the first and third dots.

    2. Second. Click the left three of each color.

    3. Third, click each column from top to bottom.

    4. Fourth. Click the top left and the bottom right dot.

    5. Fifth. This one is hard to describe in text. The barrier will lower with every correct dot.

  6. Double click the fire and you win! Yay!

40 Comments

I would just like to note that for the music part

The hint on the bridge shows the tune starts with a D note but on the keyboard where you play the tune you are actually suppose to hit the C key to start not the D

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Stuck. Got 3 stones and 3 brothers released.

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I hate when games have a piano or musical element. First of all I play with the sound off, but more importantly I have no musical training and have no idea what to do with any of the notes, ever. I like logic puzzles just fine, anyone can do one, but not all of us have ever read sheet music.

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Down to the water pipes. Can't figure it out.

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I have no musical talent and can't read sheet music, and I thought the music puzzle was incredibly easy to figure out.

Loved the game. A couple of tricky points that left me scratching my head for a minute, but the graphics and music were great and I liked the puzzles.

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The first two music notes are written wrong, making the first puzzle more difficult than it has to be. Actual first two notes you need to play below.

They're two Cs, not two Ds.

And if you don't know where on the keyboard that note is,

it's the far left key.

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Brother Walkthrough:

You can rescue your brothers in different orders, although some rescues must be completed before others.
First Rescue: Musical

  1. Click on the circled area and watch the cutscene.

  2. Click the branch twice to take it.

  3. Go back inside the cave and get the yellow gem. Note the fire.

  4. Go right to the bridge. Click on the white banner hanging to unfurl it and note the musical notes. You can click on the notes to hear what they sound like; note the colors they flash when you click them.

  5. Continue right. Stand on the elevator and press the red button.

  6. Click the sticks to light the fire.

  7. Play the notes in accordance with the musical clue:

    if they were numbered from left to right, 1, 1, 5, 5, 6, 6, 5.

Second Rescue: Water and Chains

  1. Stand in the cage that the brother you just rescued was standing it and hit any musical note to go up.

  2. Click the rock to send it flying and take the red gem hidden behind it.

  3. Go down and down again to the gear area, then right.

  4. Light the fire in the sticks.

  5. Go right and adjust the ramp by hitting the plus sign so you can use the rock to hit the objects (by clicking and dragging the rock to launch, as if it were a giant slingshot). The correct heights are one click, three clicks, and four clicks.

  6. Go right and enter the cave.

  7. Hit the pumps in this order:

    If they were numbered left to right, 1, 3, 5, 1, 3, 5, 3, 5, 3, 1, 3, 5

Third Rescue: Floating in Space

  1. Take any fire by double clicking on it and go to the Brother area.

  2. Ride the rope with the stick (you should have picked it up off the tree earlier) to the volcano.

  3. Quickly click the green gem to grab it. If you miss, try again by lighting and using the fire in the volcano.

  4. Go left, enter the puzzle, and click on the gems to make a path to the exit:

    down, down, left, up, left, down, down, left, left

  5. The best way to solve this next part is with the sound as a clue--it gets louder as you approach the right spot.

    The right spot is in the lower left.

  6. Double click the fire.

Fourth Rescue: Locked in the Dark

  1. Go back up to the Brother area. Click on the H until it falls and makes a hole, then go through the hole.

  2. Take the gear, then go through the fire to the bridge area and backtrack to the gear area.

  3. Click on the halved gear ot make it hole.

  4. Take the key and travel by fire back to the dark area.

  5. Click on the caged area to rescue another brother.

Fifth Rescue: Five Gems

You should have all five gems by now. Go by fire to the cave with the gems hovering over it and your brother will exit automatically.

Sixth Rescue: Outrun the Volcano

  1. Go back inside the volcano via fire and go right.

  2. Click on the different platforms to make it so they are all forming a path.

    Click the middle platform until it's all the way down, then click the right most one so it's all the way down, then click the second one, then the fourth one.

  3. Go right. Since you've rescued your first five brothers, all the platforms will be lit up. Try to walk on them, and you'll fall.

  4. As you fall, you'll come across a convenient umbrella. Click it to float down.

  5. Now you have to run away from the volcano. Some are easiest to describe where to click via screen cap, others by describing.

    1. First. Click the first and third dots.

    2. Second. Click the left three of each color.

    3. Third, click each column from top to bottom.

    4. Fourth. Click the top left and the bottom right dot.

    5. Fifth. This one is hard to describe in text. The barrier will lower with every correct dot.

  6. Double click the fire and you win! Yay!

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Why do so many people play games with the sound off? Music and sfx can play a huge part in the enjoyability of a game. Good music can really take you where the game wants you to be. And sfx is like another layer of graphics. No wonder there are so many youtube videos with an incredibly obnoxious song that the creator thought was more appropriate than the video's own sound. Maybe I'm the only one, but I can't stand that. Let me hear the noises from your wow boss fight rather than the awful metal song you felt made it oh so cool.

Sorry.

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I agree somewhat about music puzzles. I beat Zelda Twilight Princess while making my husband come in and do all the wolf-howling music parts.

However... this was "Mary had a little lamb" and I was able to figure it out just by playing the notes until they sounded right. So, I think the maker of the game realized that these puzzles are very difficult for the non-musical. I didn't have a problem.

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BTW, now that I've played it, awesome game. I loved it. Lots of fun.

And on a side note, the music was supported the game beautifully. And the music puzzle didn't require any musical knowledge to figure out.

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Simple, DAM..because some people are playing this in libraries or other environments where having the sound turned up (especially something like the rather obnoxiously loud volcano sounds late in this game) definitely wouldn't be appreciated.

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problem with 3rd rescue

how do you make it go down,up,left,right,etc. no matter what i do i can't get it to move.

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There's a visual clue for the music:

When you click a note it flashes the corresponding color of the key

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I have all 5 gems, but when I go to the platforms the red one doesn't rise. Am I missing something?

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@Paul:

Click on the colored gems above, below, or to the left or right of the main character, as indicated in the walkthrough.

@PaulM:

The platforms rise not in response to the gems you collect, but to the brothers you rescue. You'll have to rescue more of your brothers to get all the platforms to rise. I'll edit the walkthrough accordingly.

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I picked up the stick. But it didn't show up in my inventory.

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What's the trick behind the dot clicking puzzle in the final part? I'm just randomly clicking and have no idea what I'm doing, and the fact that it's time limited to an extent doesn't help. Everything else in the game made at least some sense until that part.

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Man, that water puzzle. I figured it was going to be the classic 5, 3, 1 water puzzle but there was more precision involved in this one. Had to use the walkthrough.

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@isi:

I think (but I'm not sure, and to tell the truth I just clicked as fast I could to get the right solution the first time, hence why I didn't include official reasoning in the walkthrough) that the shapes of what is clicked are meant to mimic the shapes/positioning of the barriers. Hence the three barriers are lifted by clicking on three vertical rows, etc. But I agree that it's not clear. At least the final puzzle shows the barrier moving up and down depending on whether the dot clicked is right or wrong.

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@JIGuest

The first two notes were red for me, the rest were blue, no real color differentiation that I could use.

I play these games to kill time while at work, hence NO SOUND! But, was able to turn the sound on for the music puzzle and sort it out.

I liked the game and was able to finish it, but my one complaint was a lack of clear defined goals for a couple of the puzzles. Maybe it was just me though.

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Interesting for the first part, but it lost me around the time I got to the part where it makes you find an random combination with no hints as to what you're supposed to do and an arbitrary time limit.

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@Username
True, since it's sort of faded the last blue notes seem confusingly similar.
The game is indeed in need of some logic puzzles, but I gave it a 5 because I didn't lose much and I consider the guy starting out on games.

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It took me a while to figure out that (spoilered, but I think it's something that's meant to be clearer)

you have to DRAG the rock to fire it, not just click it.

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On the final dot puzzle in the volcano:

There actually is a bit of a pattern - for each vertical pair of dots, one raises the stone, the other lowers it.

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@matt w: I added a parenthetical to the walkthrough that will hopefully make it more explicit what the player's meant to do. Thanks for the suggestion!

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Delightful little game!
Almost got stuck in the volcano cause I didn't remember to check going the other way..
Apparently, Mr.Black is the lead character.. :)

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@vulpis

Ω

(Headphones.)

:-D

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I am missing the purple gem. where is it at?

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@ar

Grab it when you drop down the hole under the "H".

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ar: you fall past the purple gem when you get to the text sign at the top of the mountain and hit the

H

. All you have to do to get the purple gem seems to be to click on it as you fall past it.

I found the waterlevel puzzle annoying. I think that the number of links in the chain gives you the wrong idea about how much water there is. I couldn't make the maths work and ended up doing it through trial and error.

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Spoiler for the last set of buttons in the volcano:


The x's are the correct buttons. I had to die a few times, but there is a pattern.
O X O O
O X X O X
X O X X
X O O X O

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DAM

Some of us like good music too much to be subjected to electronic loops. There are times when the music helps set the mood, but most of the time it really is just bad. I would much rather put on some music I like... I am not trying to be cool, but it hurts my ears to listen to it. I don't mind, turning sound on when I need to, though. I like it when there is an option to mute the music and not the sfx. That said, this music wasn't too bad.

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@joye -- Sorry, didn't mean to make you think that your walkthrough had confused me! I hadn't actually looked at it; when I got stuck there I looked at the video. It kind of made me go "durrr";

after all, there's a big arrow pointing out what you're supposed to do.

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The keyboard seems to be glitched for me. The sheet music clearly tells me to press c,c,g,g,a, and the g. When I hit g the second time, the platform on which the green man is standing resets.

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@Ninja,
No, it's

c,c,g,g,a,a,g

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Oh. there are two a's. My bad. o.o'

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Very cute little game, I enjoyed it immensely. :)

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Very cute and adorable!

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Regarding the music puzzle in the beginning,

the vertical spacing of the first couple notes is intended to make it clear that the first 2 notes are C, but they forgot the ledger lines. If they were D, the note would (or at least should) be touching the bottom line. Either way they made a mistake, but I was able to figure out that they meant C.

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The walkthrough really helped thanks! :D

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