Are you someone who craves a co-op experience? Do you like to solve puzzles? Do you like using emotes to make silly faces and gestures to your buddies? Well, We Were Here Together has all of this and more.
We Were Here Together is the third installment of this co-op first-person puzzle series, created by TMG Studios B.V. In this game, you and your partner are responding to a distress signal sent from a mysterious castle. To do so, however, you both must solve puzzles to get to each new area.
Solving the Puzzles
The puzzles in this game offer a great range of difficulty. As in most puzzle-based games, some of the puzzles are easy to solve. However, there are those puzzles that leave you stressed and red in the face after many minutes pass with no success. One interesting twist to the puzzles is that you and your partner must solve these puzzles while separated. This adds another level of difficulty to the puzzles because you cannot see what your partner sees. Communication is key to succeed in this game.
We Were Here Together does something right off the bat however. It allows you and your partner to be together to solve the first series of puzzles, giving you a chance to get a feel for the game, before separating you for the remainder of the game. This is a great thing because this game gives no introduction to the story or any direction whatsoever. It’s really up to you (and your partner) to figure this out for yourselves. Isn’t it funny how the game with a title that says you were together separates you for most of the game?
Now, I’m always one for a good story in a game. Or even being surprised by a game that seemingly has no story, but gives you one that blows you away. However, this game’s story is… unique. I will say, I love how the game presents each player with half of the story, just like they are presented with half of the puzzle. This is quite an effective way of co-op story telling, and it even comes full circle when the players come back together at the end.
While telling each player half of the story is a great way to tell a story, there are some disappointments. Unfortunately, I still don’t fully understand the story of this game. The cutscenes didn’t really have a major impact on me because I had no idea what was going on. What starts with a rescue mission quickly changes into a story where you are forging soul stones and talking to ghosts. Oh, and did I mention the main villain is an evil clown? With a story like this, I really had no idea what was going on half of the time, and just struggled to keep up.
The fact that this game is co-op is fantastic. It brings in another fun challenge of depending on not just yourself, but another person to solve each puzzle. There’s just one problem with that… finding another person to play with. One issue that this game doesn’t seem to address is that you cannot play the game unless there are two people in the lobby. And no, the game does not allow local, split-screen co-op play. This means that you’re stuck with one of two options: find a random person to play with, or find a friend that also has this game downloaded to play with.
Luckily, on the start screen, We Were Here Together gives you the option to join a random room or even create your own room for another player to join. If you don’t have a friend to play with, this is a great option for you to find your puzzle solving partner. However, I game share with my brother, so I didn’t have to worry about finding someone to join me in my adventures.
All in all, We Were Here Together delivers a unique, co-op experience that can’t be beat.
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