System: Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift & Windows MR
Price at Time Of Review: Free
Comfort Rating: Green
Genre: Interactive Experience
Input: Tracked Motion Controllers
Best Playing Position: Standing
Age Rating: 15+
VR Shop Score 1/100: 75
Description: The sun will not rise, just endless moons – and you, Caliban, must try to learn why you have become trapped in a dream. It is 1680, Northern Italy. You are the last heir of a noble lineage, struggling to understand your dark inheritance. Explore the ruins of the family estate, and the incredible realm below, seeking clues to your past, and to the events that severed you from your family long ago. The darkness below reaches back centuries, and your place in this story is about to become terrifyingly clear.
Caliban Below is a short story from the world of The Abbot’s Book, created by the academy award-winning talent of Blackthorn Media. This tale is made as a stand-alone piece but is also part of a much larger world. You can get a different perspective on Caliban in The Abbot’s Book Demo, also available on Steam. We love the possibilities for storytelling in VR. The world of The Abbot’s Book is enormous, and we hope to tell far more of this tale as the market grows. In the meantime, please enjoy Caliban Below with our compliments. Share it with friends if you like it! We’ll be thrilled if the piece can help bring more awareness to the medium.
Review: Caliban Below is a story-driven VR experience that doesn’t have a lot of interactivity, but it does keep you immersed thanks to its storyline and narration. While it only lasts for about 12 minutes I found it quite immersive and well worth a look. Be warned though, this is not going to be something everyone loves and it is more for those who already know or have read The Abbot’s Books. At the end of the day it is free to watch most of it, so why not give it a go.