As I write this Shadow Point is an exclusive title to the Oculus Quest. At the launch of the Oculus Quest, this was one of the stand out games. It is produced by Coatsink Software who have done a fantastic job in making VR games. They really have not made a bad one yet and I am pleased to say that they have continued that trend with Shadow Point.
Shadow Point is best described as a story-driven puzzle game. You play the role of an investigator called, Alex Burkett. You are on the case to discover what happened to a little girl who went missing from the Shadow Point Observatory over a decade ago. Helping you with the case (and also moving the story along) is the journal of a man called, Edgar Mansfield who had also been trying to find the little girl over a decade ago.
His journal which is narrated fleshes out the story and this fantastic world very well. A huge part of this is that it is actually narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart who you know from his role as Captain Picard on Star Trek and Professor X in the X-Men series to name just a few of his highlights. His voice fits this game perfectly and it always drives you to keep on playing and to go to that next room to find more out about what exactly is going on and where this little girl really ended up.
You see the fate of the little girl is not a grisly one. Shadow Point is actually set in a “hidden world” a world that is full of puzzles (around 80) for you to solve and discover why this girl went missing and the other hidden secrets that it has. The puzzles are all very, very clever and for the most part, utilize the manipulation of light. I feel that the difficulty curve here is near perfect. Shadow Point is a game that will make you think, but at the same time, I also found this to be quite a relaxing game.
While the Oculus Go being wireless is great. Shadow Point can be played standing up or sitting down. The controllers on a few occasions did have a little trouble doing exactly what I wanted, but this to be fair could have been more to do with me than the actual tracking. The world that they have created here is great and I really wish that the game let me explore and interact more with it. Most of the time you can only interact with things that are to do with the puzzle. This can be frustrating as the different rooms have stuff all over them and my inquisitive mind really wanted to look at it all.
As this is a story driven puzzle game, you may think that there is little replay value to be had. That is not actually the case. You see, you can unlock more difficult challenges if you are up to it. Also, the story is that great I could easily see myself coming back to the game a month or two down the line. There are a lot of puzzles to be completed so it is not like you are going to blow through this in an afternoon anyway!
I think that Shadow Point is a great addition to the Oculus Quest. I love the story, the art style and the cherry on top of this puzzle filled cake is the narration by Sir Patrick Stewart. If you like puzzle games that have a good and mysterious story to them, you are going to be really sucked in by this!
The presentation is very nice
I loved the story
The narration is some of the best I have heard in a VR game
Plenty of puzzles to do
You can unlock more challenges
The tracking on a few occasions felt a little off
Might not have a ton of replay value