Two birds battling for supremacy on a never-ending tower of blocks - sounds like sibling rivalry to me
- Peck your way to the top of a tower of blocks
- Colorful environments and woodpeckers
- Dodge falling blocks
- Fun commentary on sibling rivalry
- Very repetitive
Farewell, Brother is an unconventional but highly enjoyable game for PC in which two woodpeckers try to advance up a large tower of blocks by knocking their opponent off. It is symbolic, according to the developers, of sibling rivalry.
Another Great Indie Game
Indie games of this kind are seeing more and more attention nowadays because of their simple but enjoyable gameplay. Farewell, Brother exemplifies this by offering a humorous, slow-paced, fun climbing exercise where two woodpeckers battle it out to reach the top of the tower.
Gameplay and Features
Visually, the game is quite colorful. A white background sets the stage for you and your birds. The birds themselves are of various colors including red and bright blue, with small white eyes and a patch of hair on their heads. While they're not the cutest, they seem devoted to their task. Blocks, similarly, have various colors (beige, orange, red, blue). When blocks are released during gameplay, the background color will change to a different color.
Throughout gameplay, there is also music playing, both in the background and when you strike blocks. A bird, when they strike a block, will produce one of two guitar chords which are unique to them. Releasing a block will produce what's known as a tonic chord in musical theory. This adds a bit of playfulness to the gameplay.
The two most important actions of your woodpecker are progressing up the tower and pecking blocks out of place. If you are above your opponent, knocking a block on to them will cause their woodpecker to fall
Controls for the game are very basic. The two most important actions of your woodpecker are progressing up the tower and pecking blocks out of place. If you are above your opponent, knocking a block on to them will cause their woodpecker to fall. This is the most important strategy for achieving victory in the game. Since the game is meant to represent sibling rivalry, however, the tower of blocks is endless. In this sense, the game will get quite repetitive after a while.
If it were simply a matter of getting above your opponent, winning would be a simple matter. There is, of course, more to it than that. When a block is falling towards you, tilting towards the tower will enable you to place your head behind it, effectively dodging the block, preserving your bird and its position on the pillar.
Farewell, Brother is a highly simplistic but enjoyable commentary on sibling rivalry which pits two woodpeckers against one another in an endless battle to scale a tower of blocks. Gameplay mechanics are limited to pecking and release blocks, moving up the tower, and dodging. The inclusion of musical chords was a welcome feature, adding a comedic element to gameplay. Overall, it's not a bad game, albeit a little repetitive. Certainly worth a look.