29/05/2020

๐Ÿงฉ๐Ÿ•ฐ️ Tick Tock: A Tale For Two | Nintendo Switch / iOS | Review | "A Puzzle Game For Two" ๐Ÿ•ฐ️๐Ÿงฉ @OtherTales #GameDev #IndieGames

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A puzzle game that requires two players, Tick Tock: A Tale for Two is a pleasant distraction for a couple of hours and a very neat idea that is worth a gander for the puzzle-lovers out there, especially during these locked-down times.

The main conceit of TT: ATFT is the openness of the game design, each player has half of the puzzle mechanics and answers open to them and so communication is key.

You also don’t need to be on the same platform to take part, as long as the players have access to a Switch, PC, Mac, Android or iOS device, it’s game on. 

The ambience of the game is quite moody, with a grey/blue filter across a lot of the visuals giving a ghostly sensibility to the proceedings. Interestingly, although the game is two players, there’s no correlation to the save file or online connectivity needed as you have to talk to each other ‘manually’ in order to proceed.
When I played, I sat facing away from the TV on my phone so that I wasn’t aware of what my second player was up to as they had the Switch on the TV screen, the fun came from the communication between us as we tried to work out the link between what we could see and how to solve the puzzles (or rather, half-puzzles) before us.

In terms of the puzzles themselves, there’s always a logical through-line and they never feel completely baffling or ‘dead-end’. It’s fun to make your way around the relatively small gaming area – each section consists of a handful of ‘rooms’, each with their own puzzle – and if you need a hint, you can always just show each other your screens so that it’s made a bit clearer (unless you are playing remotely of course).
Tick Tock: A Tale for Two is a very neat idea that’s presented perfectly well.
Its gently ghostly narrative underscores a fun game that the whole family can get involved in.

Personally, I preferred to play on a touch-screen device as the controls are more intuitive, especially when it comes to the more ‘physical’ puzzles.

That said, it’s absolutely playable on all systems. I’d love to see Other Tales Interactive turn this into a series as it’s a very nice niche in the market that feels like there’s a lot of room to explore and I’d be more than happy to dive back in.

๐Ÿ’ง❄️ RATING: MELTING ❄️๐Ÿ’ง


Ratings Explained
ICE COOL (Great Game Recommended)
MELTING (Recommended with reservations, one to consider if you are a fan of the genre)
MELTED (Not A Recommended Purchase)

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