Developer/Publisher: Artifex Mundi || Overall: 8.0/10
My Brother Rabbit is a pretty standard point-and-click Hidden Object game with fun puzzles that have some challenging aspects. The one thing that is far and away the best part about this title is its imaginative, hand-drawn style of art. The lack of any dialogue throughout gives you a lot to play out in your head, but the “show don’t tell” aspect of the game is executed well, so you don’t misunderstand what is going on in the story.
While My Brother Rabbit feels and plays like a game for kids, the subject matter of the story isn’t made for them. I wouldn’t recommend this game for kids under the age of 6 or 7, since some of the imagery is a bit on the surrealistic side with eyeballs and other less-than-friendly looking things. The story is about the Rabbit helping his friend, a flower lady, from the sickness she has by venturing through five different areas which have quite a bit of variety to them. The “real-life” metaphor that plays out in cutscenes, is about a little girl who is struck by some sickness and the whole time you think she’s going to die due to said unknown sickness.
The game is mostly a treasure hunt; the scenes are packed with multiple collection items that are collected at different steps of the story. For example, you may see some pearls that are clickable at the moment, but you won’t be able to start that collection quest until you complete another three collection quests. This gives you a “new” reason to head back into the different scenes and look at them in ways you possibly hadn’t previously. Most of the collection quests end in a light puzzle, which are variations of common puzzles you may have seen in other games. I did get stumped a couple of times throughout the game and would usually have to quit and come back a couple days later. Doing so usually allowed me to finish the puzzles in a way I hadn’t thought about before.
Spending about three hours on this game, it is definitely worth playing if you enjoy this genre. While it isn’t as “exciting” as other Hidden Object games, such as a HOPA named Adam Wolfe it was still quite a bit of fun. There are missable achievements as well, so the replayability, while limited, can be there for achievement hunters.