Your puzzle solving and communication skills will be put to the test. Control mysterious gadgets and work your way through a two-player online escape experience. Collect items and share them with your teammate using the new items transfer feature. Help each other discover the truth of an enigmatic device and find out how the many items and controls you find can assist you. Use your new found skills to finally fix what was broken and escape the machine! Using two separate devices, play with a friend on the couch, or even across the globe on the phone or video chat!
Completion Time: 1 hour
Date Played: 13th July 2021
Party Size: 2
Recommended For: For a great 2 player browser escape room game
…And we’re back! After a successful time solving part one and part two in the Enchambered series, Borderline Puzzler and I got together again over Zoom to sit down and take on the third game: Together at Heart. This game originally launched for Valentines Day 2021 and after reading all the rave reviews it took us a little while to get round to it, but absolutely worth the wait!
The Tinkerer or the Controller
As with each of the games in the series before them, Together at Heart is a game designed for two players to play apart. In short, perfect for lockdown and with a slightly romantic twist even better played if you’re in a long distance relationship.
But if you’re familiar with Enchambered’s other play at home games, you’ll know the drill by this point! On loading up the browser-based game, your first choice is to ‘pick a side’. This time, you’re choosing between the following two roles:
- The Tinkerer
- The Controller
Whichever you pick, you’ll be able to see half of all the puzzles. The aim of the game is to work together without viewing the other player’s screen and collectively repair a broken heart and put it back inside the little robot on your desk. Awwww!
One Broken Hearted Robot
Once again we were faced with the same top-down desk style view packed with unusual contraptions and strange devices that won’t make a lot of sense alone. There’s a lot to take in and it seems quite random at first, but this is a game of communication. The trick is to describe everything you can see in as much detail as possible until something clicks… A moment of “OK I can see this symbol” and then the other played pauses, “Oh wait – me too!” That’s when you know you’re onto something.
But for all the similarities, one of the major ways in which Together at Heart differs from the first two in the series is the addition of a shiny new inventory system. This gives players the ability to pick up objects and use them in other locations. It also allowed us to seamlessly send items between each other – doubly impressive when you consider that the two instances of the game are not connected in any way whatsoever!
It makes sense in the context of Together at Heart though as we quickly realised we both had the tools to find and repair the little robot’s broken heart and passing items between each other was vital.
Communication is Key
In terms of puzzle difficulty, it’s about on-par with the other games in this series. Not too hard if you’re comfortable over-communicating with your partner but could become very difficult if a small detail is missed and neither of you are sure what you’re looking for!
One of my favourite parts involved a porthole which when looked through took you into a rather spooky looking house. The addition of another tool revealed things which couldn’t be seen by the naked eye. Being able to ‘explore’ a new location felt refreshing compared to the top-down desk view I’ve become used to and it was a lovely bit of artwork to boot.
Normally at this part of the review I’d mention other types of puzzles for players to look out for. However, the puzzles we encountered are hard to describe in full because as mentioned, you only ever individually see a small portion of them.
Thankfully, if you do ever get stuck there’s a very detailed walkthrough available!
We successfully saved the day and repaired the little robot’s heart, so I consider this a job well done! Together at Heart is another stand out game in an unmissable series of play at home escape rooms. I can’t recommend it enough!
Together at Heart can be purchased for $10 USD on Enchambered’s website here.
Mairi is the editor-in-chief of The Escape Roomer and writes about news, and reviews covering London and UK south.