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Review

It Takes Two tells the story of parents Cody and May. Their relationship seems to be stuck at an impasse. The small family comes together at the dinner table and the parents tell their daughter about their plans for divorce. The relationship has failed - or has it? Little Rose is distraught and seeks comfort from her handmade dolls. These look like...

It Takes Two

  • Samanta Blumberg
  • Jun 10, 2021

It Takes Two tells the story of parents Cody and May. Their relationship seems to be stuck at an impasse. The small family comes together at the dinner table and the parents tell their daughter about their plans for divorce. The relationship has failed - or has it? Little Rose is distraught and seeks comfort from her handmade dolls. These look like her parents. The girl's tears fall onto the dolls and the adventure begins. Cody and May awaken in the form of the two toys. After the first fright passes, another one follows. The couple encounters a talking book, Dr. Hakim. The book is a self-proclaimed love expert. The cover is appropriately emblazoned with the words Book of Love. Hakim dares to tell them something about love and talks about repairing the relationship. All on behalf of little Rose. Cody and May don't want to hear much about it, but they have no choice. Caught in the crazy situation, they have to accept their fate and together try to get out of this mess.

The game is a pure co-op game and is designed for two people. It can be played both locally on split-screen and online. Before each game start, the game partners have to agree on who will take on the role of Cody and who will control May. Both have different abilities and strengths that change with the different sections of the game. The design for co-op adds a lot to the game's charm. The protagonists have to work together to advance. For example, there is a section of the game where Cody can shoot nails. With these, he can make platforms appear, for example. The nails also serve as a swinging aid for May. May, in turn, has a hammer in this section, which she can use to activate switches, for example. She often only reaches them when Cody has previously created a path with the nails.

The interaction between the two protagonists is a lot of fun and thanks to the variety, it doesn't get boring. Good timing is often crucial and the one or other failed attempt is pre-programmed. There are many passages where skill is required. The dialogues of the couple provide additional entertainment. The two are not always happy about the situation and their adventure resembles a roller coaster of emotions. The nerves are sometimes on edge and there is a lot of verbal cracking.

The boss fights are among the highlights. Here, too, cooperation is the key to victory. The boss fights are well-staged, quite challenging, and as varied as the rest of the game. The developers never cease to amaze with fresh ideas. You'll tangle with a vacuum cleaner, a rather bad-tempered plant, and a queen wasp, among others. Fortunately, one player is allowed to die in the battles. After a short time, it is possible to jump back into the fight. If both characters die, the fight is over. There are checkpoints within the fights. Even otherwise it is not a problem if you miss a jump or otherwise die during the game. You won't lose much game progress if any.

Another highlight is the mini-games. You'll often find them hidden in the chapters. There are 25 of them in total. In the games, Cody and May compete against each other. Skill is also required here. In one, for example, you have a snowball fight, in another, you race across the ice and have to pass as many rings as possible. Conveniently, discovered mini-games can also be started individually via the menu, if you spontaneously feel like it. It Takes Two simply doesn't get boring due to the variety it offers. The game surprises again and again with clever ideas. While playing, you can feel how much attention to detail has gone into the product. The developers have even managed to surpass the quality of A Way Out.

Conclusion:
It Takes Two is one of the best games released this year. It delights with charm, humor, and yet the story also makes you think. The concept behind the game seems well thought out down to the last detail and the gameplay is entirely co-op because It Takes Two is a pure co-op game. You can't play it solo, and that's a good thing. The quality comes close to co-op gems like Portal 2 since it was developed for team play and co-op is not just an ornamental accessory. Both protagonists have individual strengths that have to be combined. Only together and with teamwork will you reach your goal. Many a funny situation arises in the process. The controllers are often swapped and whoever is the spectator tries to find the solution by watching carefully.

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