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 – Esper 2

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Let me start by stating that Esper 2 is clearly a sequel, but you can jump in and enjoy this without having experienced the first game. For those who love exploration and puzzle style games, Esper 2 for the Oculus Go is a game that you really do have to take a closer look at as it is one of the best in this genre.

The Story

Ok, so the story does follow on from the first game, but as I said do not let that make you think you cannot just jump into this. The game has you playing as an agent of this organization known as Esper. This organization is around to handle all of the people who are popping up with telekinesis abilities and you need to go and check them all out and make sure things are legit and not too crazy.

A huge part of what I love about the story of Esper 2 is the sense of humor that it has. It has a very dry and sarcastic kind of sense of humor and it is one that I really did appreciate. I would say that if you like the tone and humor that Portal had, you will really dig what Esper 2 is doing.

The Gameplay

Esper 2 is really cool in that it has a great variety of the locations you will be going to in order to complete your investigations. Usually, you will have to use telekinesis powers in order to solve some kind of puzzle. These puzzles will range in difficulty, but most of the time they will involve you moving something from point a to b or throwing something. You know the kind of stuff that you would expect in a game that has telekinesis as its main gimmick.

It works well enough with the Oculus Go controllers. It is pretty cool how they work as an extension of your hand and you do kind of feel like you have telekinesis. I like how when you do figure out a puzzle, you think you are the smartest person in the world. As much as I like the game, there are a few occasions where an item you are using can end up dropped and fall behind something and it is super, super hard to pick it back up again. This is really the only issue I have with the controls of the game.

The Presentation

Even though the Oculus Go is not the most powerful VR device in the land, Esper 2 is a pretty decent looking game. It looks far better than the first game does, but it is still lacking in the finer details, but I am actually ok with that. I say that because everything else, the areas, the stuff in each area looks good enough and it is decent enough that you are very immersed in this weird world.

The really amazing thing is the voice acting. I talked about the dry sense of humor before, but it is the voice acting that really delivers it. Nick Frost from Shaun of the Dead fame is in this game and he is awesome. Actually, the whole cast is awesome and does a wonderful job of letting you know when you are screwing up.

Final Thoughts

I have really enjoyed my time with Esper 2 on the Oculus Go. I have now played through it a couple of times and really enjoyed myself. The game plays great and has some rather fiendishly tough puzzles for you to figure out. However, it is really the story and the way that story is delivered that makes Esper 2 such a memorable experience for me.

8.5/10

Oculus Go Game Reviews – Daedalus

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Daedalus is a very popular platform/puzzle game for the Oculus Go that is just on the verge of being a hidden gem. It is one of those games that those of us who know about will shout from the rooftops about as it is a great little game that deserves more love than it gets. Usually, when you get someone to play it they are hooked right away and realize they have missed out on something awesome.

The Story

I would not say that the story of Daedalus is going to win any awards, but there is something cool here that makes you interested in what is going on. The basics of the story are that Daedalus is one of the most skilled architects around and has created some incredible devices. However, there is a king called Minos who wants all of what Daedalus has created for himself so he locks him away so that he cannot share his skills with anyone else.

That part of the story is rather straightforward, but while locked away Daedalus while in his dreams can enter a twisted labyrinth where he can try to escape his captivity and earn back his freedom. It could be a tad more in-depth, but I do like that it gives you a reason to be doing what you are doing.

The Gameplay

The gameplay of Daedalus is what really makes it a wonderful game for the Oculus Go. It is best described as a puzzle-platformer and even though the game is played from the first-person point of view. The platforming controls feel fantastic. The game does a really solid job of teaching you how to play it early on. You learn something new and the game will hold your hand for a short while to make sure you know how to use it.

The game also has you flying which sounds like it would be a hassle, but the controls here are great. Speaking of the controls, you play this with just the standard, Oculus Go controllers and the game plays great. With a nice variety to the levels and a fair challenge, I feel that Daedalus is the kind of game anyone can get into an enjoy.

The Presentation

It is pretty amazing how good Daedalus looks considering it is a budget priced title! There may not be a ton of detail in each area of the game, but everything looks slick and high quality and overall it is a very impressive game for one that costs around five bucks. I have played higher-priced and supposedly higher-quality VR games that do not have the level of polish this one here does.

The sound design of the game fits the visuals pretty well and overall it is a game that is very easy on the eyes and ears. While Daedalus is on the short side, I do feel that this helps keep the sections you go to from getting too repetitive so that is a good thing.

Final Thoughts

I have had a great time with Daedalus and actually played through the game multiple times. It has a decent story; great controls and it is a really solid platformer. Also, I am amazed at the level of polish this game has for what is really a budget title. Yes, it is on the short side, but I do feel it is the game you will probably play through a couple of times per year as it is a great deal of fun.

8.5/10