Interstitial: Our Hearts Intertwined is a "powered by the Apocalypse" game which tackles something very difficult to tackle: the feel of Kingdom Hearts. And it pulls it off with flying colors. This is the first time an RPG has made us feel like we were stepping into the established worlds we see on TV and cartoons and enjoying those worlds to the fullest.
If anyone reading this isn't familiar with the Kingdom Hearts franchise, it's important context. Kingdom Hearts is about a group of anime teenagers who travel through all the Disney franchises to rescue their friends and resolve their own internal turmoils. The key elemnt here is the massive crossover between worlds; it's about taking a bunch of established properties (like Mickey Mouse, Frozen, Wreck It Ralph, etc.) and then making them interact in some way or letting the players travel between them. Interstitial: Our Hearts Intertwined does this, but in tabletop RPG form. It allows your players to travel between worlds, maybe fighting some greater evil, maybe just searching for something. I'll give you an example. My players were just in the Steven Universe world, getting into arguments with Greg Universe and hanging out with the Crystal Gems. Next session, they're going to be stepping through a portal into the world of Code Geass, a mech anime, to chase after a villain from Pretty Cure. That's the kind of wacky yet somehow deeply personal adventures you can have with this game.
The character playbooks are fantastic (and wow, there are so many!) and they're designed so that you can pick your favorite character from anything (let's say, Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony) and play as that character. Furthermore, a plug-and-play campaign setting is provided but it's 100% optional.
After years of running D&D, Pathfinder, and Dungeon Crawl Classics for various groups, I must say that Interstitial is the most well-received RPG among my players. It ranks higher for us than the other PbtAs in our library as well as the other RPGs in general. So, if your group is full of TV or game geeks like us, you owe it to yourself to get a copy of Interstitial: Our Hearts Intertwined. And listen to Riley Hopkins's Actual Play podcast for this game! It was essential for my group to learn the Links system.
Thank you Riley for this RPG!
[5 of 5 Stars!]