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Degrees of Separation

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Degrees of Separation is a 2D puzzle platformer in which duo Ember and Rime must use their contrasting powers to manipulate heat and cold to overcome obstacles. Through cooperation, they will learn about each other and the fate of their worlds. Developed with both solo and co-op play in mind, players will discover a touching narrative crafted by acclaimed industry veteran Chris Avellone. With Ember’s mastery of heat and Rime’s control of cold, scenic landscapes will come alive as the pair uses their unique abilities alone and in tandem to create powerful gusts of wind, frozen rivers, controlled explosives, and more to solve a variety of puzzles through several distinct worlds. With their unique talents, the two will learn to lean on each other through the many different stages of their adventure and relationship.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

Degrees of Separation is one of my favorite co-op puzzle games I have played thus far. Level designs are masterly crafted, puzzle mechanics are innovative and unique, soundtrack is calming, graphics are vibrant with detailed backdrops and the voice-over for the narrator accompanies the game perfectly. Each chapter (5 in total) has nearly 20 puzzles to solve and introduces a new character ability that will be used. The puzzles are where the game really shines with the perfect balance between the level design and the selected character ability for that chapter. Some puzzles are intuitive enough to solve them on the first try while other puzzles are quite challenging and will require your co-op partner to be perfectly in-synced with you, If you or your partner gets easily frustrated in games then perhaps this may not be a good idea to play as you may experience degrees of separation. The map system is terrible and very confusing finding puzzles you skipped earlier as what other reviewers mentioned. Me and my co-op partner completed this game in roughly 13 hours using the built in online co-op mode. Very few technical or connectivity issues were experienced in the play-though. I highly recommend this game to any puzzle enthusiast especially if playing in co-op.

Review from Steam

Beautiful and unique puzzle platformer, where you control two characters living in a separate dimension. Ember is living in a world of warmth, while Rime exists in a world of cold and ice. When both characters come together, a rift between the two dimensions appears, which can be moved and rotated by changing each characters position. This sounds more complex than it actually is, but the devs have used this mechanic to create a series of very creative puzzles that you have to solve to collect enough scarfs to enter the next world.
At first I was afraid that the puzzles would become repetitive after a while, but that didn't happen at all. Each world has a unique additional mechanic that requires you to think completely different. For example, in one world you can change the rift into a beam that you can walk on, but can not cross. The beautiful graphics and excellent music also add a lot of value to the experience. The only "issue" I had with this game is that some of the puzzles are really hard, but that's what guides are for. You don't even need to solve all the puzzles to complete the game. And last but not least, the game works like a charm on the Steam Deck. Very recommended!

Review from Steam

The scenes are astonishing, the soundtrack is very soothing so it calms you down because the puzzles are not easy.
Creative and fun co-op game, Highly recommended.

Review from Steam

This was a wonderful and amazingly beautiful-looking game.
The art style was fantastic, mostly everything looked very pretty, and it had some nice music.
The narration was pretty good, only experiencing 1 missing voiceline and a cut out or two at the end of some voicelines.
The puzzle platforming was pretty great. There were most definitely some good puzzles in here, and the fact that the unique mechanic changed from world to world, made it even more unique and much more interesting, so I quite liked that.
I quite enjoyed the well puzzle, about the only time that sort of solution happens, I think.
I also liked that the AI for if you play single player wasn't too dumb in moving the other character when it's following, with some exceptions here and there for when they're too far away.
Of the mechanics, I found the blasting one to be particularly annoying as it was the easiest for you to accidentally make a mistake, and you can often make such mistakes with that mechanic. And since I've said my least favourite, I may as well mention that I think I enjoyed the cloak mechanic the best, it was very interesting to change 'perspectives', you could say.
It was also very interesting to make the game relatively non-linear, where you could do the world in any order (for the most part).
On the more 'negative' side, the movement and jumping were sometimes a bit sluggish, which made solving things sometimes take a bit longer than intended.
The 'story' or 'thoughts' you could say, that gets narrated gets a tad strange towards the end. It almost seems like the game is kind of persuading you to choose a certain outcome, which I consider the worst outcome, but if true, it'd just be the game's being a little trickster.
The fact that you can choose the ending you want out of the 2 is also amazing. Personally, I think I chose the best one, but that's neither here nor there.
Overall, it is a wonderful little game that's not too long and has a beautiful art style that is guaranteed to give you some great looking screenshots, I'd certainly recommend getting this game.

Review from Steam

Requires an ability to be able to form coherent thoughts in order to solve puzzles.
Also, you may find yourself humping several things by attempting to make your character climb up a wall and such... What? You ever tried it? It's fun! (According to guys *nod*)
The question you should be asking yourself... Do you really want to put ice and fire together?
I just wanted to fly on that dragon... But he was like "nope"... EH!
OH and yeah, you can play this game by yourself. What are friends, right?
Keep, keep, keep GOING!

Review from Steam

This game proved who is the smart one in our relationship

Review from Steam

Degrees of Separation was very good and interesting! I loved the fact that it really did work both in multi player and single player. Some of the levels did get frustrating while playing alone, but there was nothing that I couldn't have beaten. The art looked nice, especially the backgrounds and they how their worlds were split. The puzzles didn't get too boring at any point, which was something I was afraid of. They were easy enough too.
The story was interesting at start but it escalated very quickly. Somehow it didn't quite touch my hearth. Maybe there could've been more puzzles considering the high price (20€) (I played it through with 9 hours which of around 4 hours "struggling" and laughing with my friend). On the other hand - I did buy the game from sale (90%) with 2 euros and I was happy with my purchase. Would recommend if it's on sale for 40% or more.

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