I stand on a platform in front of my partner, a bridge full of moving saw blades blocking the path that connects us.
It had taken me a few tries, but I had already crossed the treacherous path.
All I have left is to survive the oncoming flurry of nails while my partner crosses it.
“Don’t worry about me,” he says, “I’ll make it eventually.”
Our relationship is often filled with humor, so I reply, “Oh, I know you will. I’m just worried that I’ll starve first.”
Along with the frustration at the difficult task, his expression was bleak. It was the first time I had ever seen him upset over a joke.
It Takes Two began as a competition. I’m an avid gamer and platformer fanatic, while my partner is just competitive by nature.
Soon it was no longer about completing the level together, but who found the most mini-games? Who managed to finish a difficult section first? Who could last the longest against the boss?
Despite being wrapped in the colorful puppet aesthetic of a child’s game, It Takes Two can be surprisingly challenging.
The platform is fast-paced and smooth. Solving puzzles and finding items can be difficult. There are huge areas to explore, and each one is full of secrets.
Sometimes these are little Easter eggs, like a merry-go-round that you can ride, while others are a mini-game that forces you to compete.
However, the journey through It Takes Two is a long one, especially if you take the time to smell the overgrown roses.
There’s a lot to find out. Aside from the puzzles that literally take two people to solve, there are platforming challenges and strategies that are easier to complete when two brains are at work.
As you play It Takes Two, not only may and Cody’s relationship grows and changes, but so does the relationship with your partner and the game itself.
Soon we were no longer competing against each other, but with the game. Any frustration was directed at a stubborn camera setting or a corroded key input.
The game’s more complex optional challenges, like Hell Tower or Track Runner, weren’t about beating your way to the end.
If either of us did it at all, it was a win for both of us.
If one of us figured out the controls for a dull mini-game, we’d tell the other right away.
No strategy was kept secret as we morphed into a team. And our hatred of Dr. Hakim, a tediously garrulous book, connected us.
While there were still times where we would partially go through a difficult puzzle just for one player to kill the other on purpose, we did it because it was funny, and most importantly, we both laughed.
Above all, It Takes Two is fun. There are fast-paced sections and beautiful environments mixed in with some surprisingly difficult but rewarding platforms.
While loading times on Nintendo Switch can be pretty tiring, we took the time to chat or pet one of our cats who joined us on the sofa.
It’s a game that’s truly cooperative, both in-game and in real life, and as you complete each challenge, you’ll develop better ways of communicating.
My non-gamer partner still struggled with many platforms but was never overwhelmed with my encouragement.
His mood was boosted by his complete dominance in the mini-games, which I was happy to lose as long as I understood how they worked.
Despite all the challenges you face in It Takes Two, the hardest part is finding someone to play with.
While it’s easy to find a willing playmate, it’s harder to find one who will see you through to the end.
It challenges your relationship with your partner and requires solid communication and the ability to give and take direction without taking things too seriously.
Both parties need to be confident so they don’t lose heart over excelling or failing, or have enough encouragement from the difficult parts to make it to the beautiful parts.
Above all, humor is required to end the game with an intact relationship.
It’s one of the few games I’ve played that not only tests your gaming skills but also your relationship.
If you can pull it off and they both still have smiles on their faces, then you know you’ve found someone and something special.
Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.
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