Entwined is an action reflex game where you must learn to control two characters simultaneously and help them on their journey to become one with each other.
The Bird and the Fish you control represent two souls who are in love but can’t be together. As you guide them through 9 differentEntwined is an action reflex game where you must learn to control two characters simultaneously and help them on their journey to become one with each other.
The Bird and the Fish you control represent two souls who are in love but can’t be together. As you guide them through 9 different lifetimes you will help them overcome obstacles of fate and ultimately set them free by transforming them into a soaring Dragon.
Through an innovative twin stick control scheme, accessible learning curve and awe-inspiring visuals you will be immersed in a rich and vibrant abstract world.… Expand
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Jul 16, 2015"Entwined" is kind of an interesting game to review. On one hand it is a fun and beautiful experience. On the other it's incredibly brief"Entwined" is kind of an interesting game to review. On one hand it is a fun and beautiful experience. On the other it's incredibly brief length and lack of variety make it not worth the purchase for the majority of gamers. It's definitely a game for those looking for a memorable experience rather than a complete gameplay package.
The area where the game soars is in it's presentation. The graphics are gorgeous, particularly on home consoles due to the larger screen, and the soundtrack is soothing. The game tries to establish some sort of emotional connection with the layer with it's story about love taking place over lifetimes even though the lovers are separated, but due to how underplayed it all is it falls short. Still it's attempts at being artsy and deep to a game that is both pleasant to look at and listen to.
The gameplay experience consists of controlling two characters at once with the analog sticks and guiding them through rings. Along the way you'll have to pick up gems in order to fuse the two characters into a dragon. Once that happens you'll fly around an open with somewhat awkward controls collecting more gems. It sounds boring, but it's actually a pretty entertaining experience. However that is mostly due to how beautiful the levels themselves are, rather than the simplistic gameplay itself. With only nine brief levels there isn't much content in the story mode. The real meat of the game comes from the challenge mode. However it too is also quite brief.
In the challenge mode you are given three lives and left to last as long as you can flying through the rings. Get a high enough score and the next level opens up. It's a straightforward experience. It's the mode you want to play is you are looking to get the most out of Entwined, but it's also where you notice how tedious the gameplay can be. In the story mode you are distracted by gorgeous graphics and how brief the overall experience is. In challenge mode when you are actually trying to go for a highscore and the threat of death is actually present (I'm pretty sure you can't die in story mode) you notice how bland it all actually is.
It's safe to say Entwined has a lot of flaws. The biggest one being it's length, or lack thereof. It can be beaten in an hour or two and the challenge mode doesn't do much to extend the game's lifespan. Still there is something here worth experiencing to the right audience. It's more of an artistic experience than a satisfying game, but there are people out there who are looking for that. I definitely don't regret playing it, but had I not have gotten it for free I would have definitely regretted paying for it. Those looking for enough gameplay content to back up their purchase should look elsewhere, but those looking to see just how beautiful and meaningful themes of the medium can be should check this out. However even they might be disappointed with how little they are getting for the price tag. A shame considering the game is only $9.99.… Expand
Aug 17, 2014I had to wait the release on the PS3 for this game and now it's finally here. Since I like art games I bought it when I had the chance. Was itI had to wait the release on the PS3 for this game and now it's finally here. Since I like art games I bought it when I had the chance. Was it worth the price? Let's see.
The story of this game is about two souls: a fish and bird who are in love each other but can't be together. The game allows you to control both in a on-rails structure along a corridor using both sticks. The game will test your reflexes through nine lifetimes (levels).
> Presentation <
I'll begin with the strong point of this game. I'll tell you in the simplest way possible: it looks GORGEOUS. Each one of the nine levels is beautifully crafted with a minimalistic art style (personally, one of my favourite). I enjoy looking at every level and I always look forward to reach the end to do the free roaming part with the evolved dragon and explore the area... although I can't completely enjoy it (see "Controls").
> Controls <
Here lies one of the weak points of this game: the controls. While the corridor levels are okay and also quite challenging, things start to become awkward when it's time to become a dragon: once the two main characters fuse into a dragon, the game shows one of the worst thought control system I ever experienced. To control the dragon you better use BOTH sticks. Yes, both. It's not mandatory, but using one stick only will have little to no effect to make the dragon turn around. I'd like to ask why to the developers. Why I can't use one stick to fully control the dragon and the other one to control the camera? OK, the dragon is made with two souls but personally I think it's not worth sacrificing good controls for "art".
> Replayability <
This is another weak point for this game. The game lasts about 80 or 70 minutes, even if it can be quite hard sometimes. Yes, it's extremely short and the replay value is very low. There's a Challenge mode which allows you to compete for the best score with other players but nothing more. To be honest, I would have appreciated an option to allow me visit freely the unlocked worlds with the dragon because their appearance was amazing and not giving me the chance to enjoy them whenever I want and forcing me to replay the levels just cuts some of the potential.
> Conclusion <
So, is Entwined worth the price? Well... it depends. If you, like me, enjoy artistic games, this game comes with a good price and a beautiful appearance but sacrifices a lot the gameplay. If you don't enjoy artistic games, approach very carefully: it can be a fun and challenging game but it doesn't last long. All depends by your tastes.… Expand
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