Shadow Point for the Oculus Rift? Well, you may be thinking that this is one of the big exclusive titles for the Oculus Quest, which it was. However, Shadow Point is actually a game that offers cross-buy! So, if you have this for the Quest, you can now also enjoy it for the Oculus Rift as well. It is a fantastic game made by the very clever folks at Coatsink Software and I wanted to share with you why this is a game Rift owner’s need to be excited about.
For me “puzzle game” is the genre that Shadow Point best fist into, but this is one of the most story-driven puzzle games I have ever played. You are Alex Burkett. And you are an investigator who is working a missing person case. The person missing is a little girl and she went missing while at the Shadow Point Observatory… over ten years ago! While you are using your own detective skills, you do also have help in the form of a journal written by a man called Edgar Mansfield who tried to crack this case many years prior.
This journal is a major highlight of the game for me. Not only does it serve as kind of a guide as to what you need to do. It also fills in many blanks of the story and it is narrated by the awesome Sir Patrick Stewart. He does an amazing job in this game and his voice is so distinctive that I am kind of amazed that he has not done more voice-over work in video games. Just when I felt stuck and ready to stop playing for a while. His booming voice would push me on just a little further.
While Shadow Point is a game about a missing girl. It is not a horror or twisted kind of game. Instead, I would say it has more to do with sci-fi and fantasy. You find a gateway into a new world and this is where the actual gameplay takes place. You are in this interesting and strange new world and you have to solve a ton of puzzles in order to crack this case. The puzzles are fun, make you think and are not overly cryptic. There is a very nice progression to the difficulty in this game and that is something I always do like.
Control-wise, I found Shadow Point to be great. I played using the touch controls and very rarely had issues where it would not do exactly what I wanted. The game could let you explore a little more. There is always a ton of interesting stuff here, but most of the time you can only touch or interact with things that are directly related to the puzzle. Hey, I get why they did this, but the world they have crafted is so cool I want to take it all in.
I had a fantastic time with Shadow Point and I really do feel that this a VR game more people should be talking about. It is very well made; it has a great and mysterious story that keeps you hooked and the narration by Sir Patrick Stewart is just awesome. If you are a fan of puzzle games, especially story-driven puzzle games. You really owe it to yourself to get invested in this.
I really like the smooth, cell-shaded kind of look
The story is very engaging and will hook you right away
Sir Patrick Stewart is awesome as the narrator
There are over 80 puzzles
It has a very nice difficulty progression, including harder challenges to unlock
Tracking can occasionally be an issue
I wish I had more freedom to explore