I know that using your fancy Oculus Go to play a board game-based game may not sound like the most exciting thing in the world. However, Tsuro – The Game of the Path is a game that while I did not expect a ton from actually really got its hooks into me and I fond quite addictive. While I have not played the actual board game that this is based on, I can tell you that this VR version is a ton of fun, easy to get into and more strategic than I ever imagined.
The idea of the game is very simple You have a game board and you need to place a tile on it along with a stone and you can then slide the tiles around the board to make sure your stone goes to where it needs to go. I am aware that on paper this sounds very, very simple and that it also sounds rather boring, but it is not. It is one of those things that is so simple, you end up engrossed by what is happening.
You have different tiles in front of you and you need to pick one that has the right path on it to make sure that your stone goes to where you want it to go. The fun thing is that what you do affects the other players and you can make it so that their stones end up falling off the game board which will then leave you as the last player standing and the ultimate winner. You can play against the AI which is the perfect place to start as you learn the basics of the game and also develop strategies that you can use.
I am quite happy with the difficulty level in the game and there are plenty of opponents for you to face. Some do pose quite a challenge, but I mean that in the best way possible. It is the kind of thing that is challenging, but not frustrating. You can also hop online which is fun, but you are never really sure of who exactly you are playing against. I wish the multiplayer functionality was just a tad more streamlined and easier to use.
The style of Tsuro – The Game of the Path on the Oculus Go is great. It has a very relaxing kind of vibe to it and the Japanese (I think it is Japanese) garden setting is full of little details and Easter eggs that you can experience as you play the game. In between shots, I often found myself taking in all the little details and despite the lack of horsepower, the game looks great on the Oculus Go.
Overall, I was very surprised at how into Tsuro – The Game of the Path I got. It is a very addictive kind of game and one that is being sold for a very reasonable price. Not only is this a fun game, Tsuro – The Game of the Path for the Oculus Go is what I call a pallet cleanser kind of game. It is awesome to fire up in between other more intense games as well as when you just have a spare 10 minutes or so to game.
It is a very relaxing kind of game
The AI poses a fair challenge
The game is more strategic than you would think
It is very easy to learn the basics
You can look around the garden
The online thing needs a little work
Adding more gardens would be cool