Styled in the grand, rites-of-passage adventure mould of a typical Disney feature film, Parents can be sure that Brave is no less suitable for their children. However, for those unequivocally averse to the idea, it should be noted that the Brave character has a clear hunter streak and the game violence is directed against animals, even gratuitously as in the case of the harmless but hittable penguins. Furthermore, a huge, scary-voiced demon towards the end of the game could frighten sensitive youngsters.

Brave is so shot full of holes that it really cannot be recommended to platform enthusiasts; not when there are such a wide array of more interesting genre titles being released every year that are not only more spectacular to behold but far more dynamic in terms of story, gameplay and depth (Sly 3, Psychonauts, Legend of Kay). Even younger platform fans would find little here to genuinely excite them, although if the setting and character of the game appeal then Brave certainly hangs together well enough, if never delivering for any sustained length of time.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Gamers are catered for with color-coded subtitles (to distinguish between speakers), and I recollect no critical audio cues that were not accompanied by appropriate visual information.

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