Review: Along Together

Review: Along Together

Moss was my very first PSVR game, and not only was it terrific, it’s the entire reason I hooked up my PSVR after having it for a year. When I first came across Along Together it gave off a lot of the same vibes – a cute protagonist needs the help of a mysterious helper (you!) to accomplish an important task. Along Together is about Rishu – your dog and best friend! – that’s gone missing, and it’s up to you to track it down. But is this adventure one you should chase after?

 

Title: Along Together
Developer: Turbo Button
Platform: PSVR (PlayStation VR)
Game Version: Final
Review Copy: Provided by developer
Interface: PSVR Headset, DualShock 4 Controller
Available on PlayStation 4 (PSVR required), Steam (Windows; Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or Windows Mixed Reality required)

In Along Together, you are a kid’s imaginary friend: their invisible companion when there’s no one else around and their guardian when things get dangerous. When their dog, Rishu, goes missing, they turn to you for help.

Guide your kid to explore extraordinary worlds, and work together to discover hidden secrets. Harness the power of imagination to lift trees, move boulders, power incredible machines, and create new paths where there are none to follow.

Find Rishu, and bring him home!

As the text straight from the developer says, Along Together puts you in the imaginary shoes of an imaginary friend, one who is able to interact with the world through gripping objects in the world and pulling, pushing, turning or lifting them. You’ll also use the joystick on a DualShock 4 controller to move the boy or girl (you get to select the gender of the main character – I chose the male, who I’ll refer to as Boy for the sake of this review) looking for their silly doggo, and the two of those actions together creates an immersive cartoony world. Those who have played Moss may think this sounds very familiar, but there are some significant differences.

For one, Along Together is much lighter. There’s no death in Along Together, and everything seemed a bit brighter. Unlike Moss, there’s also no fighting, no health bar, no accidentally walking off the edge of ledges, etc. In fact, some of the silliest moments in Along Together were when I ended up in a situation that totally should’ve plunged me to my death and the game had to somehow save Boy from his otherise-imminent death. There were even a few times I worried that the game would glitch and break, but it never happened and Boy returned to safety successfully every time! Boy and his dog Mishu are both adorable as well, and I was even presented with the opportunity to high five Boy but couldn’t quite figure out how to do it before he sadly put his hand down. I swear I didn’t mean to leave you hanging, Boy! Finally, the game is also quite a bit easier, at least for the first half. Along Together is made up of 3 areas (13 levels total), and each is vastly different.

Along Together is very thematic in its presentation. You’ll select levels in Boy’s treehouse, and the maps look like they’re drawn by crayon. Each level has an optional toy hidden somewhere that you can find, and as you collect them you’ll see them all on a bookshelf to the right of the map. Not only are they cool to see right there on the shelf as reminders of how many you’ve found AND a perfect way to display them, you can even grab them and play with them! One is a Game Boy very familiar handheld game system and you can even play a little minigame and snag a trophy/achievement while you’re at it.

I appreciated that, even though this is an easier game (aside from a few puzzles that tripped me up), there’s a good amount of variety. You’ll be platforming, moving minecarts, using magnets, moving platforms and even occasionally whipping out a slingshot! These kept the game fresh, and aside from a couple areas where I fumbled to find a solution the game moved along at a smooth pace from beginning to end.

All in all, Along Together is one of the cutest games I’ve played, especially in PSVR. Seriously, just look at this PS4 theme that comes with the game! It may not be quite as terrific as Moss for hardcore gamers, but for people looking for a more casual time or with kids looking for the perfect game for a first VR experience, I think Along Together is absolutely the perfect choice. I thoroughly enjoyed it myself, and I even managed to beat it in one sitting without getting nauseous. I also look forward to letting family play it, even those who don’t play video games and who probably aren’t the best at them.

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