Oculus Go Game Reviews – Hidden Temple – VR Adventure

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You might want to break out the Indiana Jones style hat for Hidden Temple – VR Adventure! This is a fun Oculus Go game that is currently being sold for under five bucks so as far as more budget-friendly releases go, this one here is pretty darn solid. If you are a fan of classic adventure games and point and click style games, you are in for a treat here.

The Story

I would say that the story, in all honesty, is probably the weakest aspect of the game. Do not get me wrong, it is not horrible or anything like that, but it is rather bare-bones. The idea is that you are a treasure hunter and you want to get as much treasure and ancient artifacts as you can, all the while trying to survive in this death trap of a temple.

While I say that the story is bare-bones, you really get the gist of what the deal with the game is very early on. To give the game the benefit of the doubt, perhaps there is not a ton of narrative to the game as they want you to really feel like you are an explorer who is trapped in this temple full of gold and traps!

The Gameplay

I really think that Hidden Temple – VR Adventure on the Oculus Go does a great job of making you feel like you are inside of this game. It is best described as a point and click style adventure game. You go from area to area in this temple where you will find various puzzles, traps, and treasure! Each area is pretty exciting as on your first playthrough you never really know what the game is going to throw your way.

Getting around is easy enough and the biggest “gimmick” that the game has is combining two items. You have to do this quite a lot, you will come across items and they are great and all, but it is using your adventurer smarts to figure out how to combine certain items to help you on your journey that you need to do. Some of these are rather cryptic, but others such as making a torch are pretty straightforward.

The Presentation

I really like the art style that they have gone for here and I think it looks great on the Oculus Go. I would probably say the game is best compared to the most recent Temple Run game. I say this because it has a very smooth and cell-shaded kind of style to it and it is quite popping. I love the different areas of the temple and going from an area that is all cave to one with lava looks really cool.

One thing that you will often read about this game is the height of the character you play as. It is rather hard to explain and I think they were trying to make the temple seem huge. However, for me it just made me feel like I was really short and I am short in real life so I do not need a VR game rubbing that in my face!

Final Thoughts

I think for a budget game, Hidden Temple – VR Adventure on the Oculus Go is a really fun time. It is made very, very well and some of the puzzles that it throws your way really will make you think. I liked how the game had a real emphasis on combining items to get through the temple and in all I do feel it is worth checking out.

8/10

Oculus Go Game Reviews – Hidden Temple – VR Adventure

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I have long been a fan of things like Indiana Jones, Tomb Raider and so on so any game that gives me the option of being an adventurer grabs my attention. That is the basic idea of Hidden Temple – VR Adventure. The people behind this game is that they wanted to make the player feel as much like an adventurer as possible.

The “story” of the game is that you are a daring treasure hunter who is on the hunt for all of the jewels and treasure that they can find. Hey, what kind of treasure hunter are you if you are not willing to stare danger in the face, laugh and then carry on? I really do think that the game does a good job in making you feel like you are in a temple that is in the middle of the jungle and a huge reason the game makes you feel this way is because of the art style that they have chosen to use.

They have gone for a cell-shaded art style and I think that it looks great. The overall style of the game I think is very reminiscent of games like Temple Run, Pitfall, Tomb Raider and Uncharted and of course with a little bit of Indy in there too. As much as I like the visuals of the game the perspective is kind of strange. I am not saying that it is bad, but you kind of feel like you are super short. I get the impression they were trying to make the temple feel big and it does, but I also felt like I was super short. Hey at the end of the day there is nothing wrong with being a pint-sized treasure hunter.

As far as the gameplay goes, Hidden Temple – VR Adventure is kind of like a point and click adventure game. It is all done in the first person (as you would expect from a VR game) and you will have to find various items as you are exploring the different rooms in the temple. It is not just the finding and using of the items that you have to do. A huge part of the game is also combining two items together in order to move forward. The easiest example of this is that you can use items to make yourself a torch so that you can see your way going forward.

Another part of the gameplay is puzzle solving. The puzzles are fun and not too tricky, I do think that they could have gone a little more in with the puzzles in the game as they are very basic. These range from moving things in the right way to moving along the right stones. The game does move along at a pretty brisk pace, but you will find that you get to the end much quicker than you would like. Seriously this is a game that you can finish in under 30 minutes! The experience is good, but I do wish that it had more.

I enjoyed my time with Hidden Temple – VR Adventure and think that it is a great use of the Oculus Go. The game while it lasts is fun, it is easy to play, looks good and you do feel like an adventurer. The main issue is purely with the length of the game it in many ways feels like a first level demo, that is how short it is. I really hope that they add some levels at a later date. If the game goes on sale, I would recommend checking this out as it is fun.

Pros:

A really nice and well done art style

The temple is very well designed

It makes you feel like you are Indy or Lara Croft!

Figuring out what items go together is fun

Could be the start of a great series

Cons:

The game is way too short

Speaking of short, how short is the character?