Posted: December 21, 2013
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
Superbrothers is an odd little adventure game. It's not out-and-out good, but it's definitely stylish and unique.
The gameplay suffers a bit because it was born for tablet gaming. I own this game on my iPad, too, and it definitely plays better there than it does on my PC.
The game is funny, and very self-referential, but the story is a zilch.
The story and gameplay combine to give you a "go here, do this. Now go there, do that" sort of experience. You don't do much puzzling out of anything for yourself. Just... go to the special place, and do the special thing. Now go to that other special place, and do another special thing. Rinse and repeat until the game tells you that it's over.
But the art is pretty, and the game has a sense of humor about itself. It's weird, and oddly hypnotic. The music is immersive. It's not a great soundtrack that stands on its own, but the music and sound improve the gameplay.
I cautiously recommend this game for people who enjoy weird, indirect, self-referential media (you know who you are.) But not enthusiastically. More importantly, if you're considering a choice between buying on Steam or on tablet, definitely play Superbrothers on your tablet. It's better there.