If you’re into compelling narratives about non-traditional families and visually arresting art, let me just direct your attention to this indie gem called "Bruder."
This visual novel was a bit hard to get around since most of the translations were in Chinese, but there is an English translation that we’ll review in a sec. Mostly I’ll be talking about the art for “Bruder” because it’s just stunning.
Let's begin with the art because, honestly, it’s what pulled me to play “Bruder” in the first place. If I could describe the art in one word, it would be resplendent. Yes, I went for the big word, because "amazing," "detailed," and "wholesome" are too simple to contain its essence. The characters are crafted with such a level of detail that you might as well be looking at a photograph. The color scheme is lush, with shades that perfectly capture the emotion. I got lost in the art for a second because it just holds you. It's no exaggeration to say that this visual novel is visually beautiful.
This game primarily delves into the lives of the sons in a reorganized family comprised of two single dads. The game is soaked in themes that resonate deeply in today's society—concepts of love, family, and the daily complexities of life. I'm here for it, and so should you.
The narrative was initially available only in Chinese. However, thanks to @Yellow Chocobo's translation, English-speaking audiences can now experience this story. The English version might be a bit rough around the edges, but it doesn't detract from the emotional impact of the game.
Now, let's talk about that wholesomeness. Despite the complexities and emotional weight the game carries, it exudes an air of wholesome simplicity. It's like enjoying a warm cup of hot cocoa on a cold day—you feel embraced, comforted, and accepted. This game celebrates the reorganization of families, the struggles and joys of life, and most importantly, the power of love in all its forms.
I'd say that "Bruder" has its flaws, sure—the English translation could be smoother, for instance. But these are minor quibbles. "Bruder" is a game you should play if you want to be swept away mainly by beautiful art.
For those hungry for more, here are some additional bites: