Oculus Go Game Reviews – Hidden Fortune

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Hidden Fortune is a free to play (actually free to start) game for the Oculus Go. It is a fun VR experience and one that mixes in a few different genres of games such as hidden object, puzzle, and adventure. Even if you decide not to purchase chapter 2 which is available now. It is still worth checking out the first chapter as it is 100 percent free!  

The Story

Ok, so the story that is running through Hidden Fortune did not exactly grab me, but there is enough meat on the bone here at least to be giving you a reason to be doing what you are doing. The idea of the game is that you are a wizard and you are lending a helping hand to a group of folks who have lost some of their possessions.

Now to be fair, chapter 2 of Hidden Fortune may very well get more in-depth with the story, but that is all that is basically here for chapter 1. To be fair it is not bad at all and there is a certain charm to it, I mean being a wizard helping people find stuff is a novel idea in my book!

The Gameplay

I really like how the game has a tutorial which pretty much takes you by the hand and eases you into the game’s mechanics. In all honesty, this is not a super complicated game to figure out. You are a wizard and you can use your magic to fire off these orbs. Firing orbs is pretty much your go-to for everything that the game asks of you. Do you want to grab that item? Fire an orb at it. Want to teleport over the other side of the room? Fire an orb over there.

The gameplay is fun and it all works great with the Oculus Go controllers as you do feel like a wizard casting spells. You will have to find a series of hidden objects and when you do this you get some gold and this is how you can level up. You also will be required to do some puzzle-solving as well. The gameplay is fun, but parts of the game are not accessible until you are of a high enough level. I get what they were going for here, but to level up you have to do the same parts of the game over and over again which can get annoying.

The Presentation

I was very impressed with the way Hidden Fortune looks. For a game that is free to play (well at the start) the game has a very high level of polish to it and it is impossible not to be impressed by what they have done here. Most of the game takes place in a cave, but it looks fantastic. Every aspect of the game has a very nice kind of “shine” to it which makes it a pleasure to play.

The soundtrack is not exactly what I would call rocking. However, it does fit the tone and style of the game very well. At the end of the day, you really cannot ask for any more than that when it comes to a game’s soundtrack.

Final Thoughts

I played through the whole of Hidden Fortune and I must admit it has made me curious about paying for the next chapter. While it may repeat itself a great deal, the fact of the matter is the gameplay is actually a lot of fun and playing as a wizard in a cave helping people is kind of cool. At the end of the day, this is a free to play game so you really have nothing to lose by checking it out and giving it a chance.

Please note that the images used are from chapter 2 of the game.

8/10

Oculus Go Game Reviews – Hidden Fortune

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Hidden Fortune is a fun twist and a blend of those hidden object games and puzzle games. These are the kind of games that VR was made for. I have had a lot of fun playing puzzle and hidden object games so Hidden Fortune is one game that I was very excited to play.

The idea of Hidden Fortune is that you are helping out a set of characters find their lost items… oh and you are a wizard for some reason. The game does ease you in with a tutorial and it is actually quite fun. Here you learn that the main gimmick of the game is firing magic orbs. You learn to do this by blasting gems that are around the training room and it only takes a short while to learn.

One thing that is interesting is that you pretty much control the whole game this way. Even moving around an area! You pick where you want to go, shoot an orb there and you will teleport there. It is strange, but not as off-putting as it sounds. This is even the way that you talk to characters too.

The presentation of Hidden Fortune is quite frankly fantastic. Yes, the game is set in a cave, but this cave is designed very well. I love how shiny and smooth everything looks in the game. Also, it moves along at a pretty brisk pace so the framerate is also pretty impressive. Also, the sound design in the game is great, it really does help make the game a bit more of a relaxing and chill experience.

The majority of the gameplay in Hidden Fortune is that of a hidden object game. You need to look for certain items to complete a certain task. Once you do this you get a chest full of gold and this is what allows you to level up. As well as the hidden objects sections of the game there are also parts where you have to actually hunt for a specific object and some other puzzles too.

The actual gameplay is quite fun, but you soon learn very early on that there are sections that you cannot go to yet. The reason for this is that you are not leveled up enough. The only way that you can level up is by playing the same sections over and over again. This does start to go get tiresome and I would bet that some people will lose interest in the game before they even see it all. I think allowing you to just move from task to task without this leveling up mechanic would have made for a much more enjoyable game.

I did have a fair bit of fun with Hidden Fortune I just wish they did not hide so much of the game behind this weird leveling up system. To be fair though, you can actually play the first chapter of the game for free so there is no excuse to not try it out. There is a second chapter, but you will have to spend a couple of bucks to play it.

Pros:

The graphics are very nice

Exploring the cave is fun

The movement is weird, but it works

There are different aspects to the gameplay

Ideal if you like hidden object style games

Cons:

Having to grind to go to areas is annoying

You have to play for chapter 2