Oculus Go Game Reviews – EQQO

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EQQO is a puzzle/exploration game and one that is actually inspired by legends from Ethiopia. This is a rather unique kind of backstory for a game and that along with the fantastic art style make it a game that is very intriguing. It is one of the games for the Oculus Go that I feel deserves a bit more attention and that is why I am taking a closer look at it today.

The Story

When it comes to the story, it is the kind of thing that you really have to experience for yourself. It is a very lovely and also pretty emotional kind of story and even though I knew nothing about what it was based on, I was still able to get a great deal from it. You have three main characters. There is the mother, the child and then there is the egg. The mother is who narrates the story as you play.

Basically, you as the mother want to make the world safe for the child and the egg. The egg is not what you think it is and at the end of the day, the child’s safety is your number one concern. The child’s safety is a major concern as they cannot see. I am sure that most folks will feel a good connection to the story. However, I will say that if you are a parent, I am betting that EQQO tugs on the heartstrings just a tad more.

The Gameplay

Puzzle and exploration is the mixture of gameplay that EQQO for the Oculus Go has. This is a nice mixture and right from the get-go, I got the impression that this is a game that is made to be a tad more of a laid-back kind of experience. You go from location to location, using the special abilities that the egg has to solve various puzzles. Inside this old temple are traps you need to navigate and old technology you need to awaken.

I never came across any puzzles that really made me struggle, but to be fair I do not think that is the intention of the game at all. EQQO is a rather relaxing experience from a gameplay point of view. I would actually say it is more about the story and that the puzzles are just there to keep you busy going from story point to story point. Playing the game with the Oculus Go controllers was nice and straightforward. They worked great and using it to point and interact with things was never a chore.

The Presentation

I have played many great looking games for the Oculus Go, but few have struck me in the same way that EQQO has. It is a very nicely drawn game and it has a kind of washed-out look to it that fits the story perfectly. I would say games like Ico and Okami are probably the best comparison in terms of the art style and that is some very good company for this game to be in.

The voice acting is just superb. The mother narrates the story and whoever this voice actor is, she does a truly incredible job of making you care about the child and also this egg. The whole game from a presentational point of view is just great and even on a device like the Oculus Go, EQQO looks great

Final Thoughts

It may only take around five hours to get to the end of EQQO, but those five hours are something you will never forget. It is the kind of story that is so well executed that I kind of wish I could have it erased from my mind so I could play it fresh again. No doubt, this will be a game I play through from start to end again at some point. I would actually say that even if this game was double the asking price it would be worth it!

9/10

Oculus Go Game Reviews – EQQO

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Let me start by saying that there is no way you can look at EQQO and not think of the classic PlayStation 2 game, Ico. Clearly, the people behind this game are big fans of that as there is no way this game is not at the very least a little bit inspired by Ico. I am not saying that is a bad thing as that game is awesome. So any adventure game that has a little bit of Ico in it is always going to be a game I want to check out on my Oculus Go.

The story of EQQO is super weird. Well for me it is. The game is actually based on old Ethiopian legends which if you know about that kind of stuff I am sure is really cool. There are two main characters in the game an egg and a child and you are basically playing as the mother of the child who needs to help guide him through this very interesting world. The child cannot see which raises the stakes even more.

As you can see from the screenshots, EQQO looks like a million bucks. I think I would go as far as to say this is one of my favorite games on the Oculus Go from an art point of view. They really have done a wonderful job here. Not only that though, the mother actually narrates the game as it moves along and the voice acting is every bit as lovely as the visuals are. From a presentational point of view, EQQO really is quite spectacular.

I would describe the game as a puzzle game. The egg actually has powers and you need to help the child use the egg and its powers to solve various puzzles. I found that none of the puzzles were actually that hard, but this is actually by design. I get the feeling that the people behind EQQO wanted to make the game a more relaxing experience and they certainly achieved that. I am not saying the puzzles are all super easy and some will make you have to think, but you will figure it out as the game is not overly cryptic.

The controls of EQQO are very easy to get to grips with. You move your head which basically lets you look around and then you control a little hand cursor which you can then interact with the world and make it safer for the child so that he can continue on through his journey. The story really does come to life before your eye and it is a bit of an emotional one. I do think that the game can be enjoyed by anyone. However, I will say that as a parent I do feel that the story hit home with me that little bit more.

Without a doubt, you have to check out EQQO if you have an Oculus Go. The comparison to Ico is so spot on with this game. It may be a little on the easy side and it is short, but this is one of those gaming experiences that you will always remember.

Pros:

Some of the most lovely visuals on the Go

The story is great

Some amazing voice acting

A truly memorable experience

A nice relaxing experience

Cons:

Only lasts around 5 hours

Not the hardest game