Oculus Go Game Reviews – World of Mazes

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I think that I have spent more time with World of Mazes than any other VR game! I have played every version of this and now I am having some fun putting the Oculus Go version of World of Mazes through its paces. If there is one game that goes hand in hand with VR gaming it is this one right here.

The Story

I have played a ton of maze and puzzle games for the Oculus Go and other VR devices. Most of these are great and all, but the story is never really something that they are concerned with. World of Mazes is very different in that regard as this is one of the most (possibly THE most) story-driven of all the maze and puzzle games that I have played over the years.

The story of the game is something that I got very invested in. You are inside this prison and you are with a man called Gelavon and he lets you know that while he is in here Princess Maya is in grave danger. He is her servant; she was kidnapped and he was thrown into this prison. You agree to help him escape and save the princess. There is actually more to the story than just that, but I do not want to spoil it for you. The story is very well told and very entertaining

The Gameplay

I have had a great time with World of Mazes on the Oculus Go. The story is great, but the gameplay is truly fantastic. There is just so much going on here that I really do not know where to start! There are a ton of mazes for you to explore and no two of them ever feel exactly the same. Of course, the main goal of each maze you are in is to find your way to the exit that will let you take on the next one, but there is far more to World of Mazes than just that!

You see getting from point a to point b is just the start of what you need to be concerned with. You also need to interact with all kinds of interesting characters. You may need to use a specific object to complete a puzzle and you may also just have to run for your life. I really like the way that the game keeps changing things up on you and this makes World of Mazes a true joy to play through. Seriously, I have played this game to death and it is always a fun and entertaining game. It actually makes me think that this is how a Zelda game could work in the world of VR!

The Presentation

World of Mazes is a great looking game. They have gone for a real fantasy kind of look here and that is an art style that I am always happy to see. The Oculus Go version I would say is not quite as sharp as what the Oculus Rift offers, but it is still a great looking game that is for sure. Everything has a rather smooth and shiny look to it and that is ok in my book. I do not think the character or monster models are the most detailed I have seen, but that is me really being nit-picky!

What I do love about the presentation is just how varied it is. There is such a great variety of the kinds of mazes you will be exploring. Some have a kind of Aztec look to them; others make you feel like you are in a forest and then you have one that looks like you are in hell! It is very well done and I feel this is a huge part of what makes going to each new location so exciting as you never know what the game is going to throw your way.

Final Thoughts

No matter if you play World of Mazes on Oculus Go or any other VR device, you are always in for a fantastic time. This is one of my all-time favorite VR games and even though the Oculus Go is a bit more “modest” in terms of the power behind it, World of Mazes is still an excellent game and a must-have in your Oculus Go collection.

9.5/10

Oculus Rift Game Reviews World of Mazes – Episode 1 (Chapters 1 & 2)

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I actually first played World of Mazes on the Oculus Go so seeing how it ran on its big brother the Oculus Rift was something I was very interested to see. There are many first-person maze style games for all VR platforms, but one that always gets brought up as one of the best is World of Mazes and we are looking at the first episode today.

One of the things that many people do not realize about World of Mazes is that this is actually a very story-heavy kind of game. Many puzzle games are just about the puzzles and there is no narrative that puts the puzzles together. What World of Mazes does is very clever as it actually makes you care about what is happening?

The story has a fantasy kind of vibe to it and that is pretty cool. You are a prisoner and a cellmate called, Gelavon tells you that he serves a princess called Maya and she has been kidnapped. You join his quest to escape the maze and save the princess. You come across some interesting characters across the way and I think the game does a great job in making you actually care about what is happening with the story.

The story is great, but of course, as this is a maze game, the gameplay is what you are really here for. World of Mazes is actually quite a challenging game. I do feel that it is a fair challenge and the fact that each of the mazes you will be trapped in has their own rules makes going to a new maze an exciting and rather nerve-wracking experience. Getting to the end of the maze is the main goal as you will be sent by a portal to the next one.

I like how the mazes are so diverse and having to deal with NPC’s that you come across, monsters and puzzles makes for a very exciting game. Actually, the more I think about it the more I have come to realize that World of Mazes has a lot more in common with adventure games that it does your standard maze game. You can go from a maze that is all green to one that looks like hell!

The presentation of World of Mazes on the Oculus Rift is great. This is not the most graphically advanced game I have ever played. However, the Oculus Rift keeps things moving at solid framerate and as someone who has also played the Oculus Go version of this. I did notice that overall, this version is a bit sharper and smoother than what the Oculus Go version offered.

Controls are nice and solid and I played using the standard controllers and had no trouble at all. The whole game felt very responsive and in terms of the controls, I had no issues. There are some glitches here and there. For example, I got stuck at this one section with a ghost as I did what I needed to do, but the game did not register it so I had to restart that level. It was rather frustrating and I have heard this has happened to other people.

World of Mazes for the Oculus Rift is a fantastic adventure/maze/puzzle game. While I got the whole package, you can actually play the first part for free so there is no reason not to check it out. I had a lot of fun with this and I am greatly anticipating the second part of this game… if it ever comes!

Pros:

It looks great on the Oculus Rift

There is a nice variety to the mazes

Many of the NPC’s that you deal with are fun

You can play the first part of the game for free

It is far more story-driven than you would think

Cons:

It does have some glitches here and there

Where the heck is the next part???

Oculus Go Game Reviews – World of Mazes

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If you are new to Oculus Go or even if you have been dabbling with VR for a while now. World of Mazes is sure to be a game that you have heard of. Not many games manage to be as addictive, tricky and also have a great story like World of Mazes does.

What really took me by surprise about World of Mazes was how story driven it was. Too many puzzle games just have puzzles thrown together with nothing linking them together. World of Mazes actually has a strong narrative running through it so you care about solving puzzles and getting to the next one.

You are imprisoned with a guy called Gelayon and he informs you that he is actually a servant to a kidnapped princess called, Maya. He gets you to help him escape and the two of you head out of the maze in order to save the princess. The storytelling is great and you do actually care about these characters.

Of course, having a story is great and all, but what about the actual mazes and puzzles? Well, these are quite challenging, but I found them to be a lot of fun and never challenging to the point where they were frustrating. There are tons of different mazes that you are going to have to get through and each one has its own set of rules, challenges as well as characters that you will have to deal with.

One thing that I think is really cool is that these mazes will change each week. This keeps things not only fresh but makes it much harder for you to cheat and look at a guide online. When you complete one maze, you always wonder where the heck you will be sent to next.

There is a great variety to the mazes in World of Mazes. You will start off in what is an Aztec style of maze. This is a rather smaller scale maze compared to what is to come. This maze is greener and full of life. In comparison, there is the Grezorth Maze. This one is much bigger and has a more ominous feel to it. It is not just the mazes, but the characters and creatures that you interact with which are different from maze to maze as well.

Of course, the main goal of a maze is to get from the start to the portal at the end of it. Doing this though will require you to do many different things that differ from maze to maze. This ranges from talking to a character, sneaking around and finding and using an object to get past a gate, cavern or whatever. There really is a lot of variety from maze to maze and it always keeps you guessing as to what you have to do next.

I have played a lot of maze games on the Oculus Go, but I feel that World of Mazes really is one of the best. Not only does it have some great maze designs that offer challenging puzzles to do. World of Mazes also has an interesting narrative with characters that you actually care about. This is well worth checking out and I highly recommend that you do!