Enchambered – Together At Heart [Hivemind Review]

Together At Heart is a 2-player point-and-click game created by Enchambered in Sacramento, CA. It is the sequel to Alone Together and Together Apart.

Together At Heart teaser art, a sleeping robot beside a screen that reads, "Please Help."

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Play on demand
  • Point-and-click

Required Equipment: Computer with internet connection. Each player needs their own computer. Don’t play this on a tablet.

Recommended Team Size: 2

Play Time: 60-90 minutes

Price: pay what you want, minimum of $10

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

Together At Heart was a 2-player point-and-click puzzle game played on separate computers. Each player had a unique interface which included their own set of digital objects, puzzles, and information. Each puzzle required information from the other player’s perspective.

Player 1 & 2 selectors. Player 1 is the Tinkerer. Player 2 is the Controller.

Hivemind Review Scale

REA's hivemind review scale - 3 is recommended anytime, 2 recommended in quarantine, 1 is not recommended.

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Richard Burns’ Reaction

Rating: 3 out of 3.

Together At Heart is the third game by Enchambered built on a split-information cooperative model. They all work well and deliver great value. This newest offering adds a few new elements to the game play, but I found some of the connections a bit harder to make.

The story is thin, but that is not a problem with this point, click, and explore game style. I found the hint system a bit odd, basically greyed out step-by-step instructions for solving the puzzles rather than true hints.

Overall this a great puzzly way to spend some time with a friend. Because of its unhosted, play-anytime yet communication-heavy design, it offers a good alternative to ticketed, live play online escape rooms.

Cindi S’ Reaction

Rating: 3 out of 3.

Together at Heart is a cooperative game for just 2 players, similar in look and feel to Enchambered’s earlier online games, Alone Together and Together Apart. Each player has a completely different view, so you need to communicate and work together to understand what is needed to solve the puzzles. I really enjoyed the challenge of piecing together two halves of a puzzle we couldn’t completely see, and there were funny moments when trying to describe things that were intentionally hard to describe. Finally getting to the aha moment brought a smile and was worth the struggle.

We did get completely stuck at one point, and one player could only wait while the other looked for a well-hidden clue. This was rather frustrating and brought the game to a standstill. (We found out later there is a walkthrough guide that would have helped.) If you liked Alone Together, you should definitely try Together at Heart.

Theresa W’s Reaction

Rating: 3 out of 3.

I absolutely adore everything that Enchambered has created thus far, and Together at Heart is no exception. I really think they stepped it up a notch and created a more challenging, yet totally approachable 2-player co-op game. The puzzles were completely fresh, and the element of trading objects between players was a fun addition. The non-linear gameplay that Together at Heart presented along with the communicative nature of most puzzles worked wonders.

Sarah Mendez’s Reaction

Rating: 3 out of 3.

This game is another solid entry from Enchambered. Everything positive that anyone has said about the previous two games (Alone Together and Together Apart) still applies here, so it’s easy to continue recommending these games.

Because the good parts are still good in the ways they’ve always been good, here are the few critiques I have to note. This game played longer than the others (for us), which is generally a good thing and I think was due to more puzzles? However, we also made a couple of significant oversights, possibly attributable to the limited cuing for changes that happen outside your current view. Some actions are subtle, so it’s easy to overlook their effects. Also, more than in previous games, I noticed multiple instances when one player was performing a lengthy series of actions while the other player was twiddling their thumbs. To be fair, the twiddling was evenly distributed, but it was always noticeable. Finally, this was the first time we consulted the hint system, and it was disappointing because it forces you to scroll through all possible puzzles to find your hint. This design seems fraught with spoilers, so I wish the hints were presented more contextually.

Regardless of these observations, this game continues the high quality of the other Enchambered online games, so if you enjoy asymmetric, communication-heavy games, add this to your list!

David Spira’s Reaction

Rating: 3 out of 3.

Together At Heart was a lovely digital game of partial information for 2 players, played in a web browser. At any given point, 1 player had information and the other needed to act upon it. The result was a game where everyone was equally involved from start to finish.

The interface was attractive, the character design – while limited – was adorable, and the puzzles felt right for the game’s goals.

My only gripe with Together At Heart was the lack of any kind of meaningful hint or recovery mechanic. If one player is really struggling to find something, then the game will bind up… and there really isn’t a way out short of screen sharing (or looking, if you are in the same location), which works, but isn’t designed into the game at all.

I am one of the uncultured heathens who didn’t play Enchambered’s previous online games… so this was my first, and I get why people liked the previous installments. This is a good format, and Enchambered executed it well.

Disclosure: Enchambered provided the Hivemind reviewers with a complimentary play.

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