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The first time I saw the trailer for Angest I knew this was a game that I was very interested in. I love playing story-based games on my Oculus Go and I had heard that Angest had a very intriguing story. This along with the fact that the trailer made the game look like it had a kind of Event Horizon feel to it made it a game I was very excited to download for my Oculus Go.
I am at kind of a loss to describe the experience I got with Angest. The idea of the game is that you are alone on a space station and your only company is an AI. The AI will “look after you” and make sure that you are on hand for the tasks that you need to do. The game has a very Russian vibe to it which makes you think that you are part of some kind of Russian space program, but nothing is very really explained and I kind of like that.
The AI will ask you these very strange questions which at first seem like they are pretty random, but Angest has these dream sequences and you will notice the answers you gave to the AI during your interview will have an effect on what you see here. It is very surreal and it kind of makes you feel like your character (or maybe it is you?) is kind of going mad. The game has you tend to this strange garden as well as doing a few other mundane tasks and the way you do these can change what happens the next day and where you can go on the ship.
I can easily see how some people could play this for 30 minutes or so and do the same thing on each day, get boards and say enough of this game! For me though, there was just something so very intriguing about the whole experience that I needed to know more about what I was doing here and what the heck was exactly going on. While the game does have an ending, it is not really direct in giving you some answers and that was a bit of a bummer for me as I did stick with it and felt like it needed to have a definitive ending and let me know what the heck I just experienced.
The actual gameplay is very simple, you move around the ship by looking at these yellow dots and there is a ton of stuff that you can interact with. I do kind of wish they implemented the controller a little better as I feel this would have made the game a much more immersive experience.
One thing that I do really like about Angest is the style. It is very hard to describe, but I get the impression that the game takes place in the near future. However, the ship and the style of the stuff that is on board has a kind of retro look to it. This is just one of the many mysteries of the game and I do feel that the presentation is actually very underrated.
I had fun with Angest and despite a few flaws like the controls and the ending, it is an experience that I am glad I had on my Oculus Go. I will say that this is a game that is not for everyone so I would recommend that you check out a YouTube video before you give it a try.
The game looks great
I got a kick out of the retro style of the ship
You can interact with a ton of stuff
Are you going mad?
The AI is kind of creepy
The ending is kind of lame
Moving around the ship could have been done better