Alright, I bought and played the game at the Winter Steam Sale, and... I have to admit, I thought this game wouldn't live up to the hype, but it turns out I was wrong. While the mechanics are simple, the way they're used both for gameplay and narrative is really clever. Plus, the world design gives the impression of a much larger world, plus there's some really interesting creatures. While I'm an advocate of eliminating cutscenes entirely outside of very specific circumstances, the cutscenes used in this game are usually short, straightforward and to the point. The actual narrative is presented simply, mostly with body language and with Simish so that you get the feeling of dialogue without really being any aside from the two brothers yelling each other's names, and executed well enough to really give you the feels. The whole game has this rather 'Norse' feel, I think, with the whole tree of life thing, the creatures, the giants... Yeah.
Sure, it's short, but I wasn't expecting a long game - a longer game would've outstayed its welcome. Much like The Stanley Parable
, sometimes it's better to keep a game short rather than draw it out far longer than necessary. And this game got the balance just right, I think.