Oculus Go Game Reviews – Escape Room VR

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When I saw the trailer and read the description for Escape Room VR Four Stories, I was all in! There are other escape room games on the Oculus Go, but I think that this one here is one of the most interesting ones of the whole bunch. So, if you have always wanted to be in a real escape room or maybe even feel like you are in a movie! I do think that Escape Room VR Four Stories is the game for you.

One of the things that really surprised me about the game is that there is actually a story at work here. They tell the story through these pretty cool comic book style cut scenes and I have to be honest and say that it is way better than I thought that it would be. As I write this there are four different stories that you play through, but the most recent one does require you to purchase it separately which kind of sucks.

Dirty Money, Crazy Kidnapper, Knowledge & Order and Salesclerk Revenge are the four stories to play through and that is the right order to play through them if you ask me. The visuals look fantastic and, in some places, I would go as far as to say that they look photo realistic. Some of the levels like the Crazy Kidnapper one also has a really creepy feeling to them as well. I really am quite impressed with the overall presentation of the game.

The actual gameplay sees you be in one of the scenarios and have to figure your way out of it. You only have 30 minutes to do this and that time limit may sound like a lot, but trust me when I tell you it is not! Chances of you getting through it your first couple of playthroughs are slim to none so you have to memorize things. There is a scoring system and different endings for you to experience so there is a bit of replayability here which is pretty nice.

While I think the idea and the presentation of Escape Room VR Four Stories is fantastic. The controls are not quite as precise as I would like. There is no free movement here, you teleport where you want to go and this can be a major problem. Many of the objects that you interact with will require you to be in a specific place to do so. For example, if there is something on a desk, you may not be able to pick it up from the back of the desk. It can be a bit annoying having to wrestle with this in order to pick something up.

I do not think that is game breaking and you do eventually get a feel for where you should stand and go. It just takes a little while to get used to, I know it would have been hard, but I really think that some kind of free roam movement would have made this one of the must-have games for the Oculus Go.

As far as escape room games go, I really did enjoy my time with Escape Room VR Four Stories and think that it is worth checking out. Just be warned that the controls can be a bit on the frustrating side and take a while to get used to.

Pros:

Has different scenarios to play through

The presentation is fantastic

I really liked how there was an actual story

The game is very challenging

Plenty of reason to go back and play each room again

Cons

You have to pay extra for the last story

The controls take a lot of getting used to

Oculus Go Game Reviews – Relic Seeker: Hypogeum

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When I first heard about Relic Seeker: Hypogeum I have to be honest and say that I was less than excited. I thought that it was yet another ancient temple game that is based around puzzles, but then I heard that it had ties to ancient alien civilizations and I was sold! If you like puzzle games that are really rich on story then Relic Seeker: Hypogeum is certainly a game that I feel you need to take a closer look at.

I will be honest and say that it was the blurb I read about the story more than the trailer that got me interested in the game. The story is that you are playing as an archeologist called Lewis. You have been sent to investigate this ancient temple by a rather mysterious organization. As Lewis explores the temple, he realizes that the stories which he is reading are actually from an ancient alien civilization! That right there had me sold and if you are a sucker for anything to do with Ancient Aliens like I am it will have you hooked too.

Relic Seeker: Hypogeum is set into different chapters and I feel that they have tried to make each chapter feel like an episode of a TV show. It does this quite well and it moves you from puzzle to puzzle at a pretty brisk pace all the while giving you more information about the story as you play. The game’s visuals are great and actually, I would say that they are pretty underrated as they are clean, smooth and quite detailed. I do feel that a few more moving things would have really brought it to life more, but this is a bit of a nitpick.

As far as the actual puzzles go, I never came across any that made me so stuck that I lost interest in the game. As a matter of fact, I would probably say that none of the puzzles are super hard, but I think that is a good thing. They are not very easy either, but somewhere right in the middle. I think that some puzzle games try way to hard to make the player feel stupid, but Relic Seeker: Hypogeum does not do that. It actually wants you to get deeper into the temple so that you can find out all of the secrets that it has inside.

I do feel that they could have had some more physics-based puzzles. Puzzles that had more moving parts and so on. Most of the puzzles are rather simple (although still fun) in their design and I would have been very interested to see what they could have done had they used a little bit more imagination.

In all, I was very pleasantly surprised by Relic Seeker: Hypogeum. This was a game that I was ready to ignore and I am so glad that I did not. The story is great, the puzzles are actually a lot of fun to do and the game moves at a nice pace. I had no trouble with the controls at all and even using the default Oculus Go controls was nice and easy. If you like puzzles, sci-fi, and adventure I highly recommend that you check this one out. I actually got a bit of a “Myst” feel from it!

Pros:

The presentation is great

One of the most intriguing stories for a puzzle game

Ancient Aliens!!!!

The puzzles are challenging, but fair

Different chapters to play through

Cons:

Could have used a bit more animation on some of the puzzles

The storyline may not be for everyone

Oculus Go Game Reviews – Skylight VR

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Before we start it is important to know that the Skylight, I am reviewing today for the Oculus Go is the Deluxe Edition. This is an improved version of the game that is adding much more content. What is cool about this is that the game does not actually cost you any more money. So, if you have ever fancied yourself as a captain of a starship in an intergalactic war, Skylight for Oculus Go is the game for you.

The first thing that really impressed me is how great the bridge you are on is. There is a lot of immersion here and I really did feel like I was on the bridge of an intergalactic starship. I do wish though that they added more people on the ship and let you walk around more and really explore. To be fair though this is all about the combat so if you are the captain you would not be walking around the ship.

I would best describe Skylight for Oculus Go as a turn-based strategy game. You have a ton of different ships to select from and you need to select one and what you want it to do. It is a game that requires you to think before you act as one wrong move can cause your whole battle to come undone. I would say that Skylight is one of the most slow-paced turn-based games I have played and I think this is something that you will either love about it or hate.

The single-player mode has close to 40 different missions for you to play through so there is a lot of content here. There is a tiny bit of story to the game, but I do feel that they could have done more in this regard. The visuals of the battles are really cool. Rather than see them actually happen, you are watching them on this really awesome holographic projector. It looks just like something that would be on a futuristic starship.

As well as a pretty lengthy single-player campaign. Skylight for Oculus Go also features a strong multiplayer setup as well. You can play against a buddy if you want or you can play with a random person. I found the matchmaking to be pretty quick and one thing that works quite well is how you can take your turn and then walk away from the game. This means a battle can be spread across a very long time. Of course, the flip side of this is having people lose interest, but I do think the idea has some promise.

There really is not a whole lot to Skylight for Oculus Go. I am not saying it is a bad game at all, but the slow pace might certainly put some people off. I do feel like it could have used a little more flash! The actually turn-based battles are quite fun and I do like how the game does not bombard you with options and it is a more relaxing kind of game. There are certainly a lot of missions here so that along with the multiplayer mode gives it a lot of longevity.

Pros:

The holographic space battles are cool

The bridge looks pretty awesome

You do feel like a space captain

There are close to 40 missions to do

Plenty of ships to command

Cons:

It can be a bit boring

Nothing really that blows your socks off here