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The mother doll is made of wood and the father doll is made of clay. As you play you need to use their different qualities to solve each challenge. It's an existential journey that wants to land some real world emotions about relationships, vulnerability and coping with parents splitting up.
As in the developer's Brothers A Tale Of Two Sons and A Way Out games, this is a co-operative adventure unique because each player has a different perspective on the action and the game is always played in split screen.
The style of play changes as you progress. But throughout, it is set in a larger than life world from the perspective of the two dolls. Whether it is puzzle solving, action focused or platforming, the game leverages these interactions as metaphors for the reluctant couple saving their fractured relationship.
Some may find the simplistic approach to relationship advice a little trite. However, the beautiful setting and unusual topic offer a novel way to talk about this difficult subject that may lead to deeper consideration of what really makes relationships break down and how we can put them back together again.
Release Date: 26/03/2021, updated in 2022
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Players: 1-2 (2 online)
Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle
Accessibility: 21 features
On Switch you can also play on two consoles via local wireless or online with a friend who doesn't have the game via the free Friend’s Pass.
Cross-Platform: You can't play PlayStation and Xbox, but you can play between Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S or PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.
Also, you can play online with a friend even if the other person doesn't own the game. The Friend's Pass feature enables them to join for free.
You can play this game in the following styles:
Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Parental Guidance (PG) for Violence, Mild Themes, Coarse Language.
8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. The storybook look and feel appeals to really young players. Provided they have good hand-eye co-ordination and are willing to persevere to solve puzzles they can enjoy the game. Playing with two people enables the very young to progress more easily.
Account RatingYou need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
It Takes Two
|Xbox One||£34.99||–||£31.49 |
Xbox Game Pass
Xbox Game Pass
EA Play Pro
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Xbox Game Pass
It Takes Two: Digital Version
You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
Although there are no difficulty settings the game is set up so that one player can assist the other in certain areas.
Subtitles are provided but are small and not adjustable. The game provides a Voice-To-Text option that you can adjust font size for. Any gameplay that relies on colour is backed with symbols as well.
You can adjust most of the accessibility settings separately for each player.
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