It Takes Two

Game review by Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Flawed story with mature themes has some fun co-op moments.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 14+

Fun game marred by upsetting tone deaf plot choices

My nine year old has been wanting a couch coop game that we could play together, and so we were excited to try it takes two. I have played teen rated games with her before and can generally avoid or contextualize the darker elements. And for the first half, it takes two fell into that camp. The characters snipe at each other — it’s about a couple planning divorce — but the gameplay is light and playful. It’s a great game! Spoilers ahead, but as a parent you should read this. A plot driver emerges where they think need to destroy one of their daughter’s toys to make her cry. Dark, yes, but given the tone so far I expected that they’d be diverted from this plan somehow. But no, you have to chase, dismember, and throw off a cliff a cute elephant with a childlike voice pleading for its life the whole way. I was shocked and my poor kid quit in tears. I mean look, I get it was rated teen, but this is beyond the indicated “fantasy violence” that is normal for a video game, and nothing about the marketing nor the rest of the game indicated something like that was waiting. Parents of smaller or more sensitive kids, learn from my mistake. And to the devs — what the hell is wrong with you? You could have use that moment as the turning point for your characters and instead you played it for a sick and upsetting gag.

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