“In This Together: The Game” is a hyper-casual game that is true to its title. It can be played while on public transit, in bed at night, and in any idle moment to pass time. However, although the publisher Nigmatic Sound pushes it to be simple and fun, the thematic elements are complex and deep. The integrated upbeat Hip-Hop songs feature profound content about relationships. The game’s purple aesthetic alludes to a sophistication and elegance that can be attributed to healthy love.
And finally the game’s easy controls to drag your finger is tied to a key component: the second character moves opposite of the first, a notion that can be seen in romantic partnership. The player must keep in mind the positions of two characters at the same time; correlating with one partner’s actions having a direct effect on the other. And while the player directly moves the first character around to dodge the obstacles, the player must “protect their partner” by keeping the second character or “soul mate” safe as well.
This conceptual element is consistent with games published under Nigmatic Sound, as it is another installment of Hip-Hop art games by NY artist Nigma. Recently, Nigma has been releasing music on a semi-regular basis, opting for something more interactive than a music video to complement his music. He has been releasing bite-size games through Nigmatic Sound, to be played leisurely alongside the music he releases. Being based on the music itself, it is no surprise that the games tackle the intricate themes embedded in the actual songs, and “In This Together: The Game” is no different. Both Nigmatic Sound and Nigma hope to heavily expand the world of Hip-Hop into tech and vice-versa, and this is one of the many steps towards that objective.
Music from the Artist, Nigma: