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What's it about?
In ALONG TOGETHER, players serve as the imaginary friend of a child whose dog, Rishu, goes missing. You'll guide them through the land and overcome obstacles to reunite with the lost animal. To achieve this goal, you'll lift trees, power machines, and move objects, allowing the young boy or girl to navigate to their destination. When objects need to be manipulated from afar, you'll control the child's slingshot, aiming and firing at targets to scare them away or make them move out of your path. Will you manage to reunite the child and their dog?
Is it any good?
You're unlikely to find a game as charming as this adventure in either the virtual reality space or the whole video game universe. With an adorable plot, terrific tone, and enchanting graphics, Along Together sucks you in quickly and makes you root for the young child to be reunited with their pet. Although the game's levels are challenging and require you to think to solve puzzles, they're not so complicated that you get frustrated and want to quit. Crows, for instance, are impassible obstacles. When they're present, you'll have to move to where a slingshot and ammo lie (by raising and lowering platforms and directing the child to them), then figure out the best way to use it to scare the crows away. It's never as easy as shooting the crows; they just get annoyed. You'll need to use environmental objects to disperse them, then make your way back to the previous position to make forward. If only the controls were as accommodating.
Alone Together wasn't nearly as responsive as it should've been on the Samsung Gear VR, and the controller seemed to be frequently ignored, causing frustration and lots of contortion into uncomfortable positions in an awkward attempt to make progress. Whether this was the fault of the game or the system was hard to pinpoint, but it's something to be aware of. It's entirely possible that these issues are fixed on different platforms or VR systems. Even with those frustrations, though, Along Together still manages to be an entertaining, warm, family friendly game that encourages exploration and harnesses the capabilities of interactive VR.
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