Have you ever wanted to be as powerful as a God, looking over and controlling everything with a click of your fingers? Well, now you can. In Tethered you are tasked with taking care of adorable little creatures called Peeps. They are very hard working and you must use their skills to collect resources, build up their village, and fully charge each island’s totem with spirit energy so that they can thrive from the land.
Each of the thirteen levels available lasts 30 minutes and begins on a different floating island that must be explored and inhabited by the Peeps. You begin with a single egg and the sun; by looking at the sun it can be tethered to the egg and the warmth from it will cause the egg to hatch. Out pops your first little Peep, who is entirely your responsibility to take care of. He will uncover the island’s totem which is a kind of base location where the Peeps will hoard all of your collected resources. The totem is also the key to completing every level as you’re required to collect enough spirit energy to fully charge it. Spirit energy is gained by performing different actions in the game; for instance, with every enemy slain a bunch of spirit energy is released into the air for you to collect.
The whole game is based on the VR control scheme of tethering; these controls are very simple to pick-up and play with as your head is basically a cursor and the only button used on the DualShock 4 is the X button to select the thing that you are looking at. You must tether each Peep to the thing that you’d like them to do. However, that being said VR is optional, as I played this both without the need for the ultra expensive PS VR headset.
There are a whole bunch of different resources for the Peeps to collect: wood, stone, ore, food, and crystals are just some. With these resources you are able to set a Peep to work constructing or upgrading a current building; the amount of upgrade and building options available is very impressive. You can build all the usual structures you’d expect in a strategy game, like a barracks, workshop, temple, farm, etc. Every time you build one of these it’ll unlock different professions for your Peeps. For example, for every barracks that you have, two of your Peeps can become warriors. This adds an excellent element of strategy to the game as you have to manage your resources and Peeps in order to prepare for the threat that the night brings with it.