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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.
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
You have to pay extra for the last story
The controls take a lot of getting used to