Developer: Chillingo Ltd
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Be Together follows the story of two little blobs named Maya and Ruby. The two are in love but are involuntarily separated by forces beyond their control. These lovers are bound to find ways to be able to be together and will stop at nothing until they are reunited. Players will need to help them find their way back to each other through 60 different puzzles that span across three different worlds.
The whimsical world of Maya and Ruby is packed with unique characters, obstacles and perils. The object of the game is to roll one of the characters through each puzzle to ultimately end where the other is located. Maya and Ruby don’t have arms or feet so they must rely on hills and gravity to propel them along. However, the hills don’t always propel the characters as far as they need to go to get over gaps and obstacles. To help overcome these difficulties, props are introduced to give the characters extra momentum to reach their goal. The props can be moved and positioned by players to find the optimal location to best help the characters complete each puzzle. Positioning the props just right can often take a few attempts, especially as more and more obstacles are introduced. This process gets even more difficult when trying to collect all three starts that are strewn about the board. Players don’t need to collect all three starts to keep progressing but perfectionist players will have a fun time trying to find ways to collect all of them.
Be Together has a lot in common with other casual puzzle games. The gameplay and overall feel of the game will be comfortable for fans of the genre and I didn’t find anything too different from anything that I’m used to experiencing. The game employs simple, one-touch controls that are intuitive and accurate enough to get the job done.
I’m getting to the point where I think the casual puzzle game genre is getting a little saturated. It seems a new game comes out every week that attempts to become the next Angry Birds. That being said, I don’t think that Be Together will dethrone the top games out there but I do think that it is a worthy addition to the genre. It has some lovable characters and visually-appealing artwork that makes for a friendly game environment for players of all ages.