I played the heck out of Moss on the PlayStation VR so I was very excited to try out Moss for Oculus Quest which is one of the big launch titles. Moss manages to include both action and puzzle solving in a really fun and exciting game that has a storybook style to it.
The story of Moss is fantastic. You play as a mouse called Quill who dreams of something bigger than the life she has. Well, that dream becomes a reality when ancient magic is brought back to life and her uncles’ life now hangs in the balance. The story is told through in-game cinematics, but it also uses a lot of these storybook sections which are incredibly well done.
You control Quill, but you have a sort of “God cam” where you can look all around an area to see where you can make her go and where you cannot. The controls are nice and tight and I found it really cool how if you got stuck, looking behind a wall or structure can reveal a new way that you could not see from your normal point of view. It is stuff like this that makes Moss such a cool and immersive experience on the Oculus Quest.
Moss has a great mix of action, platforming, and puzzle solving. The puzzle solving features some really clever puzzles where you have to do things like manipulating the environment so that Moss can get through an area. You also do a fair bit of platforming as well, jumping up ledges and over things. The platforming is probably the style of gameplay that the game uses the least if you ask me, but what is here is quite fun.
Combat is pretty cool as Quill can use her sword to get rid of things that stand in her way. While you will be fighting enemies, you do sometimes have to do some damage to the environment in order to get through something. Speaking of environment, Moss has a great variety to the different areas that you will go to.
I love the way that the game a kind of realistic fairy tale vibe to it. It is like the forest is alive and ancient and I found discovering new things really cool and interesting. It really did make me feel more invested in the game world and actually was so good that it left me wanting more. Do not take that as me saying the game is short or anything as there is a nice amount of gameplay in Moss and it is not exactly easy to get through.
The controls for Moss on the Oculus Quest are nice and easy to get used to. It has a very “console game” kind of feel and I would say that the Quest controllers are more than up to the task. I never once died because of anything to do with the controls. Anytime I messed up a jump or missed an attack, it was because I did not aim properly or was not paying attention.
Moss on the Oculus Quest is great, even with the less powerful hardware in comparison to the PlayStation VR. Moss is still one excellent looking game on the Quest. I really think this is a must play if you have just gotten an Oculus Quest. Even if you have played this on the PSVR it is worth playing here. If you are coming into Moss without playing it before then you are in for an even bigger treat!
The story is really cool
Some great controls that are easy to pick up
Plenty of clever puzzles to solve
The action is fun and also rather exciting
The game is not a pushover to get through
Graphics not quite as sharp as other versions
Some puzzles may take you a while to figure out