I actually first played World of Mazes on the Oculus Go so seeing how it ran on its big brother the Oculus Rift was something I was very interested to see. There are many first-person maze style games for all VR platforms, but one that always gets brought up as one of the best is World of Mazes and we are looking at the first episode today.
One of the things that many people do not realize about World of Mazes is that this is actually a very story-heavy kind of game. Many puzzle games are just about the puzzles and there is no narrative that puts the puzzles together. What World of Mazes does is very clever as it actually makes you care about what is happening?
The story has a fantasy kind of vibe to it and that is pretty cool. You are a prisoner and a cellmate called, Gelavon tells you that he serves a princess called Maya and she has been kidnapped. You join his quest to escape the maze and save the princess. You come across some interesting characters across the way and I think the game does a great job in making you actually care about what is happening with the story.
The story is great, but of course, as this is a maze game, the gameplay is what you are really here for. World of Mazes is actually quite a challenging game. I do feel that it is a fair challenge and the fact that each of the mazes you will be trapped in has their own rules makes going to a new maze an exciting and rather nerve-wracking experience. Getting to the end of the maze is the main goal as you will be sent by a portal to the next one.
I like how the mazes are so diverse and having to deal with NPC’s that you come across, monsters and puzzles makes for a very exciting game. Actually, the more I think about it the more I have come to realize that World of Mazes has a lot more in common with adventure games that it does your standard maze game. You can go from a maze that is all green to one that looks like hell!
The presentation of World of Mazes on the Oculus Rift is great. This is not the most graphically advanced game I have ever played. However, the Oculus Rift keeps things moving at solid framerate and as someone who has also played the Oculus Go version of this. I did notice that overall, this version is a bit sharper and smoother than what the Oculus Go version offered.
Controls are nice and solid and I played using the standard controllers and had no trouble at all. The whole game felt very responsive and in terms of the controls, I had no issues. There are some glitches here and there. For example, I got stuck at this one section with a ghost as I did what I needed to do, but the game did not register it so I had to restart that level. It was rather frustrating and I have heard this has happened to other people.
World of Mazes for the Oculus Rift is a fantastic adventure/maze/puzzle game. While I got the whole package, you can actually play the first part for free so there is no reason not to check it out. I had a lot of fun with this and I am greatly anticipating the second part of this game… if it ever comes!
It looks great on the Oculus Rift
There is a nice variety to the mazes
Many of the NPC’s that you deal with are fun
You can play the first part of the game for free
It is far more story-driven than you would think
It does have some glitches here and there
Where the heck is the next part???