When I first heard about Relic Seeker: Hypogeum I have to be honest and say that I was less than excited. I thought that it was yet another ancient temple game that is based around puzzles, but then I heard that it had ties to ancient alien civilizations and I was sold! If you like puzzle games that are really rich on story then Relic Seeker: Hypogeum is certainly a game that I feel you need to take a closer look at.
I will be honest and say that it was the blurb I read about the story more than the trailer that got me interested in the game. The story is that you are playing as an archeologist called Lewis. You have been sent to investigate this ancient temple by a rather mysterious organization. As Lewis explores the temple, he realizes that the stories which he is reading are actually from an ancient alien civilization! That right there had me sold and if you are a sucker for anything to do with Ancient Aliens like I am it will have you hooked too.
Relic Seeker: Hypogeum is set into different chapters and I feel that they have tried to make each chapter feel like an episode of a TV show. It does this quite well and it moves you from puzzle to puzzle at a pretty brisk pace all the while giving you more information about the story as you play. The game’s visuals are great and actually, I would say that they are pretty underrated as they are clean, smooth and quite detailed. I do feel that a few more moving things would have really brought it to life more, but this is a bit of a nitpick.
As far as the actual puzzles go, I never came across any that made me so stuck that I lost interest in the game. As a matter of fact, I would probably say that none of the puzzles are super hard, but I think that is a good thing. They are not very easy either, but somewhere right in the middle. I think that some puzzle games try way to hard to make the player feel stupid, but Relic Seeker: Hypogeum does not do that. It actually wants you to get deeper into the temple so that you can find out all of the secrets that it has inside.
I do feel that they could have had some more physics-based puzzles. Puzzles that had more moving parts and so on. Most of the puzzles are rather simple (although still fun) in their design and I would have been very interested to see what they could have done had they used a little bit more imagination.
In all, I was very pleasantly surprised by Relic Seeker: Hypogeum. This was a game that I was ready to ignore and I am so glad that I did not. The story is great, the puzzles are actually a lot of fun to do and the game moves at a nice pace. I had no trouble with the controls at all and even using the default Oculus Go controls was nice and easy. If you like puzzles, sci-fi, and adventure I highly recommend that you check this one out. I actually got a bit of a “Myst” feel from it!
The presentation is great
One of the most intriguing stories for a puzzle game
The puzzles are challenging, but fair
Different chapters to play through
Could have used a bit more animation on some of the puzzles
The storyline may not be for everyone