Kaisuo is a puzzle game for the Oculus Rift that I really, really wanted to love. Do not get me wrong, this is an interesting game and while I was playing it I was having a great time. It is just that Kaisuo has so many good ideas and a really cool style that I just wish there was more of the game than is currently offered.
The idea of Kaisuo is one that I thought was really cool and interesting. I have long heard about these strange Chinese puzzle boxes which thanks to the movie Hellraiser I have long had an interest in puzzle boxes. Anyway, Kaisuo is a game that sees you needing to solve these different Chinese puzzle boxes, each one will take you to a new and strange area where you will have a series of new puzzles to solve in order to get to the next one. I would say that the best comparison for this game is The Room which is another great VR puzzle game.
The game is great in the way it lets you interact with the world. It uses the Oculus Touch controllers and it uses them in a very, very smart way. You really do feel like you can reach out and touch anything. The force feedback feels very natural and in all, I am very impressed with the controls that Kaisuo has. I feel that it is a VR game anyone, can pick up and play as they will not have to wrestle with controls that take longer to figure out than they should do. I have a pretty decent PC and even on this is had a bit of a hard time keeping the frame rate stable. From what I understand this is the case with this game so those with a less than powerful rig may not have the best experience with this so that is something to keep in mind. If you have the sensors you can have 360-degree movement which I am sure is really cool!
I really like the presentation of Kaisuo they have done a great job in making each puzzle world you go into feel rather unique. It is very clever how they do this, but I just wish there was more to it. Not just in the case of the worlds, but the whole game in general. I say this because I managed to blow through Kaisuo in around 40 minutes! Now granted the game is free to play so I really should not complain, but what they have done here is so good that I do feel that they could have added way more content, charged five bucks and it would have been one of the best puzzle games I have played.
What is here in Kaisuo is a fun puzzle game that has a great setting, some relaxing puzzles, and a solid presentation. It is a very clever game and a game that I really, really hope gets some extra content or even a full sequel. There is a lot going for this game and as it is free, if you like puzzle games I strongly suggest that you give it a try.
I love the setting of the game
Plenty of ways to solve puzzles
The controls are great
Offers 360-degree movements
It is free!
The game is very short
Puzzles are not super hard