Oculus Go Game Reviews – Hidden Fortune

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Hidden Fortune is a free to play (actually free to start) game for the Oculus Go. It is a fun VR experience and one that mixes in a few different genres of games such as hidden object, puzzle, and adventure. Even if you decide not to purchase chapter 2 which is available now. It is still worth checking out the first chapter as it is 100 percent free!  

The Story

Ok, so the story that is running through Hidden Fortune did not exactly grab me, but there is enough meat on the bone here at least to be giving you a reason to be doing what you are doing. The idea of the game is that you are a wizard and you are lending a helping hand to a group of folks who have lost some of their possessions.

Now to be fair, chapter 2 of Hidden Fortune may very well get more in-depth with the story, but that is all that is basically here for chapter 1. To be fair it is not bad at all and there is a certain charm to it, I mean being a wizard helping people find stuff is a novel idea in my book!

The Gameplay

I really like how the game has a tutorial which pretty much takes you by the hand and eases you into the game’s mechanics. In all honesty, this is not a super complicated game to figure out. You are a wizard and you can use your magic to fire off these orbs. Firing orbs is pretty much your go-to for everything that the game asks of you. Do you want to grab that item? Fire an orb at it. Want to teleport over the other side of the room? Fire an orb over there.

The gameplay is fun and it all works great with the Oculus Go controllers as you do feel like a wizard casting spells. You will have to find a series of hidden objects and when you do this you get some gold and this is how you can level up. You also will be required to do some puzzle-solving as well. The gameplay is fun, but parts of the game are not accessible until you are of a high enough level. I get what they were going for here, but to level up you have to do the same parts of the game over and over again which can get annoying.

The Presentation

I was very impressed with the way Hidden Fortune looks. For a game that is free to play (well at the start) the game has a very high level of polish to it and it is impossible not to be impressed by what they have done here. Most of the game takes place in a cave, but it looks fantastic. Every aspect of the game has a very nice kind of “shine” to it which makes it a pleasure to play.

The soundtrack is not exactly what I would call rocking. However, it does fit the tone and style of the game very well. At the end of the day, you really cannot ask for any more than that when it comes to a game’s soundtrack.

Final Thoughts

I played through the whole of Hidden Fortune and I must admit it has made me curious about paying for the next chapter. While it may repeat itself a great deal, the fact of the matter is the gameplay is actually a lot of fun and playing as a wizard in a cave helping people is kind of cool. At the end of the day, this is a free to play game so you really have nothing to lose by checking it out and giving it a chance.

Please note that the images used are from chapter 2 of the game.

8/10

Oculus Go Game Reviews – The Well VR

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I will start by saying that The Well VR for the Oculus Go is one of the best VR RPGs around. Not just for the Oculus Go, but in general! This is a truly fantastic game and one that is actually brought to us by the amazing team at Turtle Rock Studios who you may know from games such as Left 4 Dead. This is a remarkable game and one that is a must-own if you have an Oculus Go.

The Story

For an RPG is not the deepest I have ever come across, but it works for The Well. The game is set in the fantasy world of Tholl which is pretty cool and has a kind of 80s fantasy vibe thing going on. There are peaceful villagers and more barbaric tribes in this world, but people keep to themselves and the land is very peaceful. That is until this force full of anger and hellfire shows up called The Tesh.

The Tesh wants nothing, but chaos and it is up to you playing as an adventurer to put a stop to The Tesh and make sure that the land is balanced and peaceful once again. You are looking at around the 10-hour mark to beat the game which I know is not long for an RPG, but being this is a VRY game I do think that this is a good length and you do have reason to go back and play through it again.

The Gameplay

The reason you will want to play through the game multiple times is due to the games class system. You can play as a Warrior, Rogue, Druid or Mage and each one has their own abilities, skills, upgrades and weaknesses that make each one a unique gameplay experience. You will need to go and explore the land and find quests to complete there is a nice amount of quests and I liked how they would often branch out and have you caught up in something else that was going on.

The combat is a lot of fun and each class has a different way of attacking. The standard Go controllers work great and I found The Well VR to be a real joy to play. Not only that, despite the game being rather dynamic, I never once found myself getting motion sick. As this is an RPG, you have to do many standard RPG things. Ranging from collecting gold and loot, leveling up and of course exploring dungeons. I know that on paper it does not sound like the most in-depth RPG in the world, but it is certainly the best VR one I have played so far… well original one, not counting Skyrim of course!

The Presentation

I am very impressed with how sharp The Well VR looks on the Oculus Go. We all know that the Oculus Go is not the most powerful device out there, but Turtle Rock Studios have done an incredible job. Everything has a really smooth look to it and there are some really cool lighting and special effects on some of the characters and enemies you come across that really do make you feel like you are actually inside this world.

I really like the character designs and some of them really do look pretty spectacular. My only real gripe as far as the visuals go is that the enemy types are not as varied as I would have liked. It can sometimes feel like you see the same enemies time and time again. I feel that just three or four more enemy types would have greatly helped this.

Final Thoughts

While it may not be as in-depth or as jam-packed with content as an RPG on the PlayStation 4 or PC. The Well VR for the Oculus Go is a fantastic step in the right direction for the world of VR RPGs. It really does make me excited to think what the people at Turtle Rock Studios could do with this game engine in the future. Without a doubt this is a game that you Oculus Go owners have to play

9/10

Oculus Go Game Reviews – Along Together

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Along Together for the Oculus Go is one of the most charming and surprising games that I have played in some time. Sometimes, you will play a game and you just know that you are playing something special. However, you also know that this is a game that is sadly going to be ignored by the masses even though it is offering something truly special and memorable.

The Story

I really do not think that the storytelling in Along Together is Oscar-winning stuff, however, the premise certainly got me invested. There is this young child and their beloved dog has gone missing! As a pet lover, I knew I would travel to heaven and hell to get this dog back! Anyway, the actual story may not be amazing, but the premise I feel is far stronger than the story.

Now you may think that you will be playing as the kid, but actually, you playing in the role of the imaginary friend of the kid. I found this to be a very clever and rather unique idea. Usually, you play as the character and are accompanied by a friend, beast or whatever so for you to be actually playing this role instead is rather cool.

The Gameplay

I would say that the best way to describe the gameplay of Along Together on the Oculus Go is that of a puzzle game. Playing as the imaginary friend of the child as you try to rescue their dog. You will need to help this brave kid navigate this strange and sometimes scary world. You do this by moving objects in the game world so that they can get from point a to b. You can pull a rope for them or give them a helping hand in many other ways. It is really cool and fun stuff and none of the puzzles were too hard to figure out.

Along Together does have an extra challenge in the form of lost toys. These are toys that other children have lost in this land and you can collect them all up to put in your treehouse. I really liked this idea as I feel it pads the gameplay out in a very fun way, but getting some of these toys is rather challenging and makes for a great extra challenge for those who find the main game a tad easy.

The Presentation

I really do like the art style that they have gone for with Along Together. The game has a very Saturday morning cartoon kind of vibe and given the story and the premise I find that this art style fits perfectly well. They have not gone super in-depth with finer details and as a result, this makes the world pop just a little more as they have used bright colors.

The animations are fun and in general, the whole game has a really nice polish to it. The soundtrack that the game has is not groundbreaking stuff. However, I do feel that it fits in with the tone and style of the game very, very well.

Final Thoughts

I will admit that like most people, Along Together for the Oculus Go seemed to me like it was going to be a game for kids. This is not the case at all and it is a game that is really suitable for people of all ages, especially those of us who love dogs. It is a charming and adorable game and one of the most underrated games you can get for the Oculus Go.

8/10