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Tied Together is fit to be tied down on October 19

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The cooperative platformer aims to test the strength of your friendships on Nintendo Switch.

Headup Games is bringing Tied Together to Nintendo Switch on October 19, 2018, the company announced today in a press release. The game is a platformer, with puzzles and obstacles to challenge a group of friends in a party environment.

Developed by Napalmtree, a Dutch studio, Tied Together lets as many as four players scream and yell at each other as they fail to work together to clear devious stages and probably grow to hate one another by the time the ordeal ends. Or maybe they'll have fun instead. That's always possible.

The press release recalls the game's appearance at gamescom and PAX West 2018, where several game journalists got together to torture one another and make noise in the crowded venue: "At times, we probably were the loudest booth due to that and it was a blast to watch it!"

In Tied Together, player characters are tied together by a chain (do you suppose that's where the game gets its title?), and placed in "several tricky, cooperative, experimental set-ups which only scientists could possibly come up with." Judging by what I've seen of the game so far in promotional materials, that means a lot of spikes and lava. Mario can surely sympathize.

Headup Games promises non-violent fun for the whole family, which sounds about right if you don't consider lava and spikes violent. There are more than 40 levels designed for a two-player team, and another 20 or so that have been configured to delight 3 and 4 players at once. Naturally, there are time-based rankings to shame you into replaying stages, even after you (just barely) complete them.

There's no word yet on what Tied Together will cost, but it does seem to me like a natural fit for the platform and could provide a decent value if the MSRP is right and you have a few friends who don't mind coming together for some frustrating bonding exercises...

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Staff article by Jason Venter (September 27, 2018)

Jason Venter has been playing games for 30 years, since discovering the Apple IIe version of Mario Bros. in his elementary school days. Now he writes about them, here at HonestGamers and also at other sites that agree to pay him for his words.

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