The Distance is a 2-player cooperative puzzle platformer designed for geographically separated couples to foster communication and their relationship.It tells a story of a broken relationship in a dual-perspective and introduces innovative multiplayer interactions between a pair of players.
The game is played on two devices that are connected through local network. In the game, players take the role of two characters and are invited into two mysterious and distinctive worlds where they only see each other as an abstract representation. They have special abilities to teleport objects in their own world to each other, and by doing so, they solve puzzle and progress together. As they navigate this dreamlike environment, their goals are to collect memory fragments that tell a story about a broken relationship from two different perspectives. Each player only follows one character’s point of view, and to reveal the complete story, conversations between the players must be had to fill in the blanks. Other types of interactions between players such as having them work together to row a boat are incorporated to further encourage cooperation and communication.