From indie developer Artifex Mundi in Zabrze, Poland, here we have My Brother Rabbit (2018). It’s a puzzle adventure game, which is hand drawn, surreal, and all the more entertaining for it.
It’s a bit like Amanita Design’s Samorost 3 with its unusual puzzles and faintly disturbing undertones. But it’s also cute and has a sense of childhood fun and games to proceedings.
Imagination as a Coping Mechanism in My Brother Rabbit
My Brother Rabbit has a plot involving a brother and his sister, the latter becoming ill. Whilst his parents try to find a cure, their son uses his imagination to create a comforting world to take the edge off harsh reality.
Quite a few indie games deal with such weighty themes, such as the absorbing RPGs Rakuen (2017) and OMORI (2020).
This adventure game uses the concept to go into one very surreal world, with many puzzle elements following. It’s all rather abstract, but if you stick with it you’ll begin solving things at a Sherlock Holmes rate. And it’s very enjoyable!
There’s about four hours of gameplay in this thing. Oh yeah, it’s available on Steam, Switch, PS4, Xbox, mobiles… everything!
If it takes your fancy, we can recommend it for the strange Alice in Wonderland type world you enter. And we consider it suitable for all ages, too, as kids should love these super weird, goofy puzzles you have to solve.
Some gamers may find it a little too abstract, leaving you just clicking around on screen until you find that final lollipop or butterfly somewhere.
But on the whole, those who persevere will get the most out of this thoughtful and unique adventure game that looks great, sounds great, and packs an emotive punch.
My Brother Rabbit’s Atmospheric Soundtrack
Arkadiusz Reikowski is responsible for the soundtrack, with contributions from English singer and cellist Emi Evans. She’s also worked on soundtracks for the famous NieR RPG series.
Despite a lot of love going into many indie game soundtracks, it’s unusual to see the creatives responsible discussing the work.
Cheers to Artifex Mundi for posting that on its YouTube Channel.
Dreams seems to be the most popular piece from the soundtrack, judging from the number of likes on YouTube. To note, Evans sings in now dead (or invented) languages and has an uncanny knack for that.
A lot of the compositions rely on melancholic piano work, whilst also throwing in unexpected instruments from time to time.
The Rabbit, for example, chucks a French accordion into the mix.
This is all another indication of the level of talent out there in the gaming world, often with musicians not having their names celebrated.
They often disappear amongst the mass of white noise (a lot of games are released all the time). But we think it’s important to stop and reflect on these talented folks every now and then.