Enchambered: Together at Heart | Review

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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!

Rating: Excellent!
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!

The Verdict

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.

ClueQuest: Mechanics of the Heart

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Mr. and Mrs. Q’s helpful and reliable reconnaissance droid, MM7, is starting to ask questions all robots inevitably ask, “What is Love?” and “How do you know you’re loved?” You’ll be tasked to help MM7 decipher the complex and puzzling ways of love in our world in order to help focus him on our daily mission to save the world from the villainous network of the Evil Professor.

Rating: Romantic!
Completion Time: 33 minutes + 25 minutes
Date Played: 21st – 22nd February 2021
Party Size: 2 (1)
Recommended For: A Valentine’s activity

I did Mechanics of the Heart in two sittings – complicated? Yeah! Maybe. But hey, it makes for an interesting perspective and hopefully an interesting review. So here goes…

Valentine’s Day unfortunately got away from us this year inbetween playing the Civilisation board game (sorry babe for giving you the plague and sacking your city if you’re reading this!), baking brownies, and watching films. So we tackled Mechanics of the Heart 7 days after the big red day – as if I need an excuse to have a second Valentine’s Day!

But, puzzles aren’t really my Player 2’s thing, so we tapped out at 33 minutes after getting a bit stuck (and a little bit prosecco-and-cheese-lazy too). But not before secretly making a note of answers so I could come back to this in my own time at a later date. Which I did the following day!

So how did I find this Valentine’s themed game for two as a solo adventure? It still worked! That said, the main selling point of Mechanics of the Heart that are that it IS really a game for two to share together perhaps sipping red wine beneath a gorgeous sunset. For example, there’s personalisation. You can input your partner’s nicknames, ideas for cute dates, and funny stories from your relationship. I put a couple of jokes in mine and only misspelled my partner’s pet name once (with hilarious consequences).

Another way in which it’s best played with two players are the style of puzzles. Many of the puzzles actually benefit from having two pairs of eyes, for example comparing lots of information quite quickly. There’s a cool bit of “divide and conquer” which worked well in a play at home setting. I’d look at one half of a puzzle, or one half of a folded paper divider and try to describe what I saw and my partner would do the same and opposite.

What this tells me is that ClueQuest (as usual!) put SO MUCH thought and effort into making this game perfect for ‘the season’ and with a lovely plot and beautiful illustrations to boot, it makes Mechanics of the Heart an exceptional game in the printable escape room genre!

So what is that plot you speak of?” I hear you ask. The story goes, MM7, one of the ClueQuest droids has their heart (no pun intended) set on becoming a secret agent! But Mr. Q has his doubts, arguing that secret agents must be able to understand EE-MO-SHUN. So this is your quest, to help MM7 understand the most powerful emotion of them all: Love.

It was a surprise not to meet Mr. Q in this game (I suspect he’s still in peril after Prison of Memories), but I’ll never say no to learning more about the ClueQuest world lore, and this game’s got buckets of it.

I’d recommend this game for a date night, for any level of puzzler. This game is all about affection, compatibility and like NY Times’ 36 Questions to Lead to Love, it might just make you fall in love.

Mechanics of the Heart can be purchased for £15 via the ClueQuest website.