Review: Along Together (PSVR)

Review: Along Together (PSVR)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Oculus Go
  • Oculus Rift
  • HTC Vive
  • Samsung Gear VR
  • Google Daydream

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • PlayStation VR Required
  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
  • PS VR Aim Controller None
Title: Along Together
Format: PSN (430 MB)
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Publisher: Turbo Button
Developer: Turbo Button
Original MSRP: $19.99 (US), €19.99 (EU), £15.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: E
PEGI: 3
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Gameplay:
Along together is a nice family-friendly game where you, an imaginary ghostly being, accompany a kid on their journey to rescue their mischievous dog. Your job is to guide the kid through various areas full of puzzles and mysterious contraptions. The controls are very easy to master and only use a couple of buttons and one analog stick on the DualShock 4.

There are a few collectibles cleverly hidden in the areas and each one can be picked up and examined in the level select area. I strongly suggest you check them out, especially if you want the Platinum Trophy, which isn’t all that difficult to obtain.

You can only grab certain objects in the pretty world and manipulate them in order to create platforms, bridges, and activate switches, all with the aim of guiding the boy or girl through an assortment of puzzles using the controller. There are a couple of points where the view switches and you have to aim the kid’s slingshot but the process is simple and there is no fear of getting it wrong.

I only got stuck on the last puzzle and had to come back to it after taking a short break. Most of the puzzles don’t require too much thought and follow a logical order without needing to backtrack. I could see my kids enjoying this one with maybe one or two guiding prompts from me.

The game world is split into three main areas, each with five locations. When moving the kid through certain parts of a puzzle the view follows to a set point, this could be a little disconcerting for a few VR users but I never had any issues.

There are no enemies that hurt or even attack the children and they never fell off the edge of any platform, in fact, I’m not sure they can. If I move them too close they do a little gesture to regain their balance and step back slightly. On one particular occasion, I attempted to crush the innocent little kid but they simply stepped out of the way.

Visuals:
I love all the little details in this game, from the awesome little collectibles to the wondrous level select treehouse room with pictures plastered all over the place. There’s even a little nod to a Pixar short. Along together is a beautiful game that manages to look great but retains a simplicity to its design.

Audio:
Along together doesn’t have any intelligible speech but when the characters are conversing with their dog, and you for that matter, it’s still understandable thanks to their simple but effective gestures.

The sound effects and music are lovely and I especially like one of the collectibles. At times I almost forgot the delicate tunes were playing as I was consumed with solving the puzzles.

Online/Multiplayer:
This game is one player only with no online component.

Conclusion:
I really enjoyed my time with Along Together and while I completed all but one puzzle on the first attempt I still thoroughly relished every moment. Some might argue the price is a touch too steep for the amount of gameplay but I disagree. What you get here is an engaging puzzle adventure for PlayStation VR that the whole family can enjoy.

Score:
7.5

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

Written by Chazz Harrington

Chazz Harrington

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