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Game Information

Game Title: It Takes Two

Platforms:

  • PC (Mar 26, 2021)
  • Xbox One (Mar 26, 2021)
  • PlayStation 5 (Mar 26, 2021)
  • Xbox Series X/S (Mar 26, 2021)
  • PlayStation 4 (Mar 26, 2021)


Developer: Hazelight

 

Publisher: Electronic Arts
    
Review Aggregator

OpenCritic - 88 average - 94% recommended

Critic Reviews


Game Rant - 5 / 5 stars

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Hazelight Studios' It Takes Two is one of the best co-op gaming experiences there is and an absolute joy to play from start to finish.


GamesBeat - 100 / 100

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I struggle to think of another co-op puzzle game that’s better. Maybe Portal 2? Even if that’ true, It Takes Two belongs on that same tier. Find yourself a friend (or an emotionally distanced spouse) and spend a little time with It Takes Two. It’ll be some of the most fun you’ll have this year.


GamesRadar+ - 5 / 5 stars

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It Takes Two is a Pixar-worthy adventure that consistently innovates, offering players an excellent co-op experience unlike any other.


God is a Geek - 10 / 10

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It Takes Two is without a doubt one of the best platformers I've played in the last decade. The level design is incredible, and the amount of ideas in terms of its co-operative elements make every second of it so much fun to play.


Sirus Gaming - 10 / 10

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Video games like It Takes Two are difficult to craft. The studio needs to build upon considering how to make the two players feel important without leaving out the other and keeping them engaged. Fortunately, the variety of gameplay mechanics it adds to every chapter keeps everyone entertained, plus the humor and the comical Dr. Hakim makes the entire playthrough fun. The development might have been challenging for Hazelight but they managed to pull through and make a co-op game that’s equally stunningly, wisely executed with an emotionally driven story, and enjoyable.


Use a Potion - 10 / 10

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It Takes Two is a wonderful co-op adventure that features a touching narrative, inventive gameplay mechanics that constantly keep things varied, and a whimsical world that’s packed full of detail… what more could you want? I was genuinely blown away with just how clever the game was, with the focus on teamwork never growing tiresome but remaining intuitive in design from the start to end. It’s absolutely brilliant.

 


I really do think it is one of the best co-op games that I have ever played, and honestly, some of the sequences in the game will remain with me for a long time (especially with that elephant). If you’re looking for a co-op adventure that’ll bedazzle you with charm and fun, look no further than It Takes Two – it’s simply an unmissable experience.

 


VG247 - 5 / 5 stars

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Honestly, It Takes Two is one of the most pleasant surprises in video games I’ve ever had. I went in more or less expecting a fairly gimmick-laden brief but fun escapade, but it’s so much more than that.


The Games Machine - Italian - 9.6 / 10

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It Takes Two is absolutely stellar. Extremely varied, never boring, fun and exciting to play, incredibly pretty and with great character writing. If you enjoy cooperative play, you owe it to yourself to play it.


Game Revolution - 9.5 / 10

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It Takes Two is one of the most delightful and ceaselessly entertaining co-op games I’ve played.


GameGrin - 9.5 / 10

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A fantastic cooperative experience that hits positive notes throughout its entire journey, It Takes Two is the magnum opus for a studio that seems to keep getting better and better.


Gamersky - Chinese - 9.5 / 10

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There is no doubt that It Takes Two is one of the best two-person cooperative games in recent years. From the moment I entered this wonderful world, I was bombarded by senses from all aspects throughout the game and shocked this masterpiece of creativity and imagination. The only question is, to Josef fares and Hazelight, this is the summit or just a good beginning?


PC Invasion - 9.5 / 10

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A fantastic presentation buoyed by constantly enjoyable, varied gameplay and wonderful level design make It Takes Two a must-play for fans of platformers. And even anyone who's ever wanted to play a Pixar movie.


Cerealkillerz - German - 9.3 / 10

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It Takes Two is without a doubt one of the best platformers I have played in recent years. The level design is incredible and the many ideas regarding the cooperative elements are second to none. It offers a decent length and the fact that it never gets boring in the process only speaks for the game, making it great value for money and especially worthwhile with the free "Friend Pass" option for the co-player.


Everyeye.it - Italian - 9.3 / 10

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Three years after Hazelight's debut with A Way Out, It Takes Two represents the definitive consecration of the volcanic talent of Josef Fares and his team of visionaries.


Game Informer - 9.3 / 10

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A roaring success both in its diverse co-op-driven gameplay and mature story themes that unfold in playful and heartfelt ways


IGN Italy - Italian - 9.2 / 10

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One of the best cooperative experiences of recent years, between varied playful solutions, profusion comedy and goodies capable of enchanting anyone.


Atomix - Spanish - 90 / 100

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It Takes Two is just a couple of steps away from being a perfect cooperative game. Although the story ends in a great way, and its second and third acts are wonderful, the first hours are quite boring and simple. The gameplay is in constant motion and presents us with interesting ideas that may be to the liking of the two people who experience this adventure, but there are times when it is clearly seen that a player can have a better time, and the change in mechanics shows a Something simple level design that almost never manages to exploit its full potential.


Checkpoint Gaming - 9 / 10

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It Takes Two is a one-of-a-kind experience. There is a joy and whimsy to the entire game and so much variety it’ll keep players entertained and surprised from beginning to end. The world is so detailed and gorgeous and the cohesion between storytelling and gameplay is incredibly impressive. It’s the kind of game that proves there’s still plenty of room for innovation in games.


Digital Trends - 4.5 / 5 stars

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It Takes Two is a charming co-op adventure that combines the best ideas from Nintendo and Pixar.


GameMAG - Russian - 9 / 10

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It Takes Two is most probably the biggest surpise of this spring. While the world is still in a pandemic lockdown, and games are getting delayed left and right, Josef Fares gives us an insane adventure that is full of both drama and cool gameplay ideas.


GamePro - German - 90 / 100

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It Takes Two is a fantastic Pixar-style co-op adventure that has overwhelmed us with its creative and fun gameplay ideas.


GameSpew - 9 / 10

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With It Takes Two, Hazelight has cemented itself as one of the most creative and talented developers of today. Not only does It Takes Two look absolutely fantastic, it’s a delight to play and its story is wonderful; sometimes moving, sometimes utterly hilarious. It’s essentially your own interactive Pixar movie – co-op gaming really doesn’t get any better than this.


GameSpot - 9 / 10

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It Takes Two is a fantastically creative co-op game that nails every new concept it introduces.


Gameblog - French - 9 / 10

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It Takes Two is an amazing coop experience, a rollercoaster of love that always succeeds in giving new gameplay mechanics to players, as well as interesting characters. A true playable romantic comedy that lasts 10 hours that will leave some pretty good memories. And another success for Hazelight.


Hardcore Gamer - 4.5 / 5

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It Takes Two is thus far one of the year's best platformers, best overall games, and can likely stake a claim as one of the best co-op games ever created.


IGN - 9 / 10

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It Takes Two is a beautiful, breakneck-paced, co-op adventure that's bubbling over with creativity.


IGN Middle East - Arabic - 9 / 10

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It Takes Two is simply one of the best co-op games, the genius way it implements inspiration from other famous titles is done in a very beautiful way and perhaps comical too, but the best aspect of the whole experience was the surprising variety in level design and gameplay features with a very fun, clever, and entertaining co-op puzzles. It takes two falls away from the perfect score by just a little due to some hinders on the side.


Noisy Pixel - 9 / 10

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It Takes Two is a beautiful and exciting co-op experience, that can potentially mean so much more for those who relate to this premise. Working together is not always the issue in a relationship, sometimes you just don’t get along. Across all the jumps, boss battles, and deadly puzzles, we get to witness this couple’s journey. From this, we also learn a few pointers on teamwork and having a ton of fun along the way.


PlayStation LifeStyle - 9 / 10

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It Takes Two is endlessly creative. Gameplay speaks to narrative, while narrative informs gameplay, and the entire experience just feels incredibly polished and detailed. It nails relationships in ways that so many games-and even other forms of media-just can't. It asks the player to engage with the the story through mandatory co-op to tell the tale of a couple on the verge of divorce, rediscovering the good in their relationship. It's not just one of the best action platformers in recent memory, but also a fantastic and unique story representing a dynamic that you don't often see represented in games, at least not to this depth and nuance.


PlayStation Universe - 9 / 10

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Hazelight further hones its craft as ambitious creators of unique co-op experiences with It Takes Two. A clever, inventive procession of ideas and concepts that gel together to form a spellbinding co-op game.


Pure Xbox - 9 / 10

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It Takes Two is an absolute delight. The consistently creative gameplay is on par with, if not better than any co-op experience available on Xbox today, and if you have a partner in mind to play it with (don't forget they can access a free "Friend's Pass" if playing online), we think you'll have a real blast with it. We had such a great time playing through its highly memorable adventure, and you know what? We feel like the constant laughter, enjoyment and need for collaborative teamwork even reinvigorated our real life relationship a little bit. That's how good this game is.


Screen Rant - 4.5 / 5 stars

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It Takes Two is a masterful co-op experience.


Shacknews - 9 / 10

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With inventive and creative gameplay puzzles coupled with some unique environments, It Takes Two is without a doubt the greatest couch co-op game I’ve played in recent memory.


Slant Magazine - 4.5 / 5 stars

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It Takes Two uses a smorgasbord of gameplay techniques to set us adrift in the field of couples therapy.


TheGamer - 4.5 / 5 stars

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It Takes Two is, without a doubt, the best co-op game you can play right now. It’s much more ambitious and bigger budget than A Way Out, which was still brilliant in its own way. Josef Fares and the team at Hazelight take things to the next level here, and I can only imagine what they’ll do when they’re inevitably given a triple-A budget. Grab a friend by the hand and pull them through an adventure unlike any other as soon as you can - you won’t regret it.


TrustedReviews - 4.5 / 5 stars

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It Takes Two is some of the most fun I've had with a game this year. Me and my partner screamed with endless delight at its conveyor belt of cute, innovative ideas for a genre that seldom tries new things outside of a few beloved exceptions.


We Got This Covered - 4.5 / 5 stars

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Though some may be disappointed that its story never capitalizes on its full potential, It Takes Two is a masterpiece of creativity and cooperative gameplay that makes it one of the most memorable experiences in modern gaming.


Xbox Achievements - 90 / 100

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A game that provides a healthy dollop of pathos with its co-operative fun, It Takes Two is an unadulterated shot of joy brimming with inventive puzzles and smart ideas. Sure, some of its metaphors for the breakdown happening in May and Cody's relationship might be a little heavy-handed, but there's so much to love here that it's hard to care about such trifles. It Takes Two is a breath of fresh air and total co-op nirvana.


Hobby Consolas - Spanish - 88 / 100

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It Takes Two is a brilliant coop platform game, in which every level is designed as a collaborative puzzle. It is fun, sometimes moving, and every level shows great ingenuity.


GameByte - 8.5 / 10

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There’s so much on offer in It Takes Two and it does it all so well. If you’re looking for a new game to play with your friend or partner then It Takes Two should be at the top of your list. It’s a delight.


PPE.pl - Polish - 8.5 / 10

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It Takes Two is a production overloaded with interesting gameplay from start to finish focused on cooperation. The title offers a lot of fun, and fans of the common game should not pass by it indifferently.


Stevivor - 8.5 / 10

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It Takes Two wears a lot of hats, and each of them well. It’s a romantic comedy, a challenging shooter, a head-scratching puzzler and more. While it has a somewhat predictable narrative (less so than A Way Out, for the most part), it’s still charming and full of Pixar-like whimsy. Find a loved one and get into this one; you’ll certainly be glad you did.


TrueGaming - Arabic - 8.5 / 10

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It Takes Two is a remarkable addition to the cooperative game genre that we don't see very often and we hope Hazelight continues their innovation in future projects.


WellPlayed - 8.5 / 10

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A fun, gorgeous platforming romp that makes great use of its split screen-only twist in both gameplay and narrative. Hazelight proves that co-op lightning can definitely strike twice.


LevelUp - Spanish - 8.3 / 10

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Despite its flaws, It Takes Two is a special and highly polished game. It is full of surprises, new mechanics and a lot of heart. A must play for fans of co-op games.


Spaziogames - Italian - 8.3 / 10

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It Takes Two feels unique and more than worth exploring with a person you love


Areajugones - Spanish - 8 / 10

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‎It Takes Two takes a leap of quality from previous Hazelight works, abandoning the cinematic experience and betting more on a game converted into a toy. At the playable level it is an outstanding work: varied, surprising and fun from start to finish. However, a naive and superficial narrative that is not able to speak of love or relationships at any time lastra an experience that would otherwise have proved essential.‎


GRYOnline.pl - Polish - 8 / 10

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It Takes Two is a terrific game, albeit one that's hard to recommend without a certain mindset. 3D platformer enthusiasts sure won’t be disappointed. And if they look for unique ways to cooperate with other players, they've just found an excellent proposition. But the narration is a different beast; a much weaker one. It's definitely a step down copared to A Way Out.


GameSkinny - 8 / 10 stars

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It Takes Two is the culmination of a decade of novel co op gaming ideas, and that makes it one of 2021's best games no matter what else comes out.


GamingBolt - 8 / 10

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While it's story and characters could have used more work, It Takes Two is fantastic co-op game that moves masterfully from genre to genre and never overstays its welcome.


IGN Spain - Spanish - 8 / 10

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A firm commitment to cooperative multiplayer, a title that seeks to continue expanding a particular idea, a way of seeing the game in which its author has placed his trust. For that reason alone it deserves a certain degree of attention. But it also manages to make this proposal based on cooperation work wonderfully. Not only does it fill an empty space in our catalogs, but it also does it with a good grade.


M3 - Swedish - 4 / 5 stars

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Whichever format you choose, a fantastic fun adventure filled with gaming fun awaits. Rarely have we been so surprised by all the imaginative gameplay that constantly replace each other. Not everything hits the spot, but it's still impossible not to be impressed with the big picture.


PC Gamer - 80 / 100

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An excellent co-op adventure that doesn't take itself too seriously, and that's the only place it falls short.


Push Square - 8 / 10

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It Takes Two is an excellent co-op adventure. While it stumbles on certain narrative aspects and not all the performances are winners, it more than makes up for that with its brilliantly fun and ever-changing gameplay. Forcing two players to work in tandem in countless ways, the game embraces co-op play wholeheartedly, and the variety of gameplay and environments makes it a joy to play from start to finish.


Saudi Gamer - Arabic - 8 / 10

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Offensively trite story aside, this is a supremely inventive and deliciously varied fun co-op experience that maybe overstays its welcome but is a great time spent regardless.


TheSixthAxis - 8 / 10

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It Takes Two is a great rom-com romp filled with action, oodles of variety, and more than a few twists and turns. No, you won't like Cody and May for much of the game, and some segments do feel a touch drawn out, but grab the right co-op buddy and this is a hoot.


Twinfinite - 4 / 5

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Even if you aren’t big into co-op, or aren’t even that much of a gamer, you should still give this one a shot, as it is the perfect game for couples or even friends to enjoy together.


Wccftech - 8 / 10

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It Takes Two is one of the most varied, inventive games ever made, serving up dozens upon dozens of different styles of gameplay in a remarkably polished, approachable package. An inconsistent level of challenge and lack of editing may strain your relationship with the game at times, but It Takes Two is good enough to justify working through the rough patches.


AusGamers - 7.5 / 10

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The co-op action here is memorable, ambitious, and quite unlike anything we’ve played in a while.


Press Start - 7.5 / 10

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Although the story of Cody and May doesn't meet the standards set by the game's varied gameplay, It Takes Two sees the continued form of Josef Fares and his team at Hazelight in crafting wonderfully creative and engaging worlds for players to share and collaborate in. It Takes Two is a co-op experience that's second to none, which offers more ways than you can imagine to experience these larger than life play spaces.


Windows Central - 3.5 / 5 stars

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While the game's creativity shines in its beat-by-beat gameplay and level design, It Takes Two's selling point - its narrative - feels half-baked.


ACG - Buy

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"Thoughtful and nostalgic, the game hits its gameplay cycle less than 5 minutes in and somehow never ones lets up. Superb control and incredible variety for a platformer."


Chicas Gamers - Spanish - Unscored

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Hazelight Studios, led by Josef Fares, have developed a video game that offers a different experience compared to the current catalog. As if we mixed its 2 previous games, It Takes Two maintains the deep narrative , the mandatory cooperative and gives the different point with humor and the large number of different playable mechanics that we will find in the game. A must experience for everyone, which I'm going to recommend to those who have the possibility to play it with someone, either in online or local mode.


Eurogamer - Recommended

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If you can ignore the story, It Takes Two has some of the best co-op gameplay in years.


Polygon - Unscored

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We need a break from this divorce game

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  • Commissar SFLUFAN changed the title to It Takes Two (new title from developers of "A Way Out" and "Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons") - reviews from OpenCritic posted
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On 3/29/2021 at 2:00 AM, johnny said:

i’ve played about 4 hours of this with my friend and it’s AWESOME!! 

 

if you have somebody to couch or online co-op with, i highly recommend it. 


Hmm I might have to get it then; the Polygon review had me kind of down on it, but it sounds like that might be an outlier opinion. 

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3 hours ago, Chris- said:


Hmm I might have to get it then; the Polygon review had me kind of down on it, but it sounds like that might be an outlier opinion. 

it’s a lot of fun. each new area has a new thing your characters can do and it’s not too difficult so people who don’t play video games will struggle in parts, but i don’t think there’s a big barrier. 

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