Platformers keep getting more and more ridiculous as more get developed. I swear I feel like I have seen it all and then I get thrown another curve ball. Tied Together has added yet another interesting concept to the simple platforming genre, solidifying that this genre is essentially a blank slate. Tied Together is a platforming game on the Nintendo Switch that has 2-4 players trying to complete levels, all while being tied to one another. Yes you read that correctly, from what I played, there was no way for a single player to play Tied Together by themselves, there had to be at least one other player with you. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing when you market your game the way Tied Together is marketed.
There is a certain charm about Tied Together that entices you to play the game. Scientists have created a team of aliens that are literally attached together, you can’t go anywhere without the other ones trailing along with you. This is the big hook of the game and it unfortunately wears itself thin after about an hour of play time. I was able to play the game with one other person and there are certain controls and styles you need to be aware of before you play. You can root your character into the ground to act like an anchor for the other player to swing if they need to. Tied Together really brings out the true meaning of the work cooperation. If you can’t coordinate with your partner(s) then you will not succeed in this game.
The art style is a basic 2D with very bright and fun colors. it isn’t groundbreaking by any stretch but it is fun and cute for a party game on the Switch. The level design in Tied Together is surprisingly smart and probably one of the most integral parts of the game. With the players being tied to one another, you need to have levels that will take some thought to be able to complete. As you venture through the forty levels in Tied Together you will be introduced to a bevy of new obstacles like air that will send you flying, to being encased in balloons and navigating your way around the air. Tied Together will only take you around 6-8 hours to complete if you are playing with another competent partner. Fortunately, this is another party game on the Nintendo Switch so that short time doesn’t really matter in the long run.
Tied Together is a cute party game for 2-4 players that puts you in the shoes of aliens created by scientists to test cooperation. You must use this to be able to clear the forty levels that are in the game. Unfortunately, the novelty of the game wears off within the first hour of playing Tied Together. On the other hand, this is also very much a game where you can jump in and jump out with a few friends and get some enjoyment out of it. If you are a fan of party games or are just looking to add another title to your Switch collection, then Tied Together is the game for you.
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Review statement: The product was supplied by the developer for the sake of this review.