Be Together Review
Let’s get together, yeah yeah yeah! Valentine’s Day is on the horizon, and there are two cute little dudes, Maya and Rudy, who need the player’s help to get reunited in this physics-based puzzle game. Be Together -- such a sweet concept that's fun anytime of the year, and especially appropriate for Valentine’s Day.
Be Together features simple touch controls and game play. Maya and Rudy start off located in separate sections of each level. It’s the player’s job to move certain props around the level to provide a path for the two little dudes to get together. There are a slew of different props, each with different functions. You have clouds to bounce off of, teleporting fruit-things, magnetized critters, etc. These props keep things feeling fresh, but also lend themselves to a lot of trial and error. The props can be placed anywhere on screen with no clue as to where the best place is. Sometimes it may take several attempts to get each prop in place, because, as mentioned above, the game is physics based, so a lot depends on what angle and speed Rudy or Maya have when they hit things. It’s really nice that the player has complete freedom in placement of the props, including using as few or many of them as they see fit.
If there’s ever a level that completely stumps the player, there’s a safety net built in. The player gets three hints, each one showing the best placement for one prop. However, once the hints are used, be prepared to fly solo or fork out the dough. Any other hints need to be purchased with real-world cash. One thing that puts this game above most others is the ability to skip a level without actually beating it, so if a player is stuck and doesn’t want to purchase hints, just move on to the next. It’s wonderfully refreshing! There’s nothing more frustrating than hitting a wall in a game and feeling like it’s trying to force you to pay extra.
Enjoy that heart warming, tingling sensation of helping Maya and Rudy throughout three worlds with 20 levels each. Yep, that’s 60 levels altogether with more promised to be on the way, which is a really good thing because it doesn’t take long to reach the end of world three. Chillingo’s been good about continually updating their games, so we can expect to see them expand Be Together for quite some time. A majority of the levels are appropriately challenging, but they are rather short. Be Together carefully balances the difficulty well -- it will definitely work your brain, but won’t cause an aneurysm.
Once you get the hang of how to play and the physics of the props, it’s quite the fun little game. The levels are colorful and the music will relax the hell out of a player. Overall, it’s a very soft and gentle experience. You can’t help but have happy feelings as you play. There are a few bonus levels to unlock, but other than that there’s not really anything extra to work towards or customize. And if you don’t reunite Rudy and Maya, they cry; and only monsters would make these adorable little critters cry. Are you a monster? Well, are you!?!