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A missing dog is all the motivation I need to get my butt in gear and get to work! In all seriousness, I was not expecting much from Along Together, but this has proven to be one of the most charming, magical and memorable experiences I have had with my Oculus Go in quite some time. I have to say this right away, despite what you may think, Along Together is not a game that is just for kids.
The premise of the game is that you are playing the role of an imaginary friend and you need to help a child find their lost dog. Playing as an imaginary friend is a very interesting take. I can think of a million games where you have a character or creature accompanying you, but for you to be playing this role yourself is really neat and interesting.
The child that you are helping is a typical child and while they are brave they need your help to navigate this tricky world. Speaking of the world, I cannot be the only person who gets a bit of a Legend of Zelda Wind Waker vibe from the locations in this game can I? Anyway, the child will call to you for help and you can then interact with the world around them. This can be something like pushing a large block so that the child can move to a new area, pulling a rope so that they can use an elevator, pushing them along a river and so on.
At its core, I would say that Along Together is a puzzle game and that figuring out how to manipulate the environment to not just keep the child safe, but also help them progress on their journey to save their dog is what it is all about. I really like the way the game makes you feel like you are invisible to everyone, but the child. As I said this is a really cool idea and one that I cannot recall seeing much before.
As well as traversing through the game, trying to save the kids dog. There are lots of toys that are scattered around this world, left by kids who came before. You can find these and collect them and then the child can play with them in the treehouse. I actually really like this as it gives you something extra to do and sometimes you can see a toy and think it will be easy to go and get, only to then have your brain really tested as you try to figure out how to get to it.
I am having a hard time thinking of a game that surprised me as Along Together did. At face value, I feel many people will ignore this thinking it is just for kids. The beauty of it is though is that this is a fun game no matter if you are 7, 17 or even 37 like I am! There were a few technical issues and glitches, but nothing game breaking and I am sure it will be addressed with a future update. Speaking of future, I would love there to be some DLC or a sequel to this game as it was that much fun.
Lovely art style
Saving dogs is cool
Playing as an imaginary friend is very interesting
Puzzles can be very tricky
There are a few technical issues
Too many people will pass this game by!