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Escape Room VR: New Room

Escape Room VR: New Room (Oculus Go & Gear VR)

Escape Room VR: New Room

The VR Shop - Silver Award
System: Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Go
Price at Time Of Review: £3.99
Comfort Rating: Green (No Movement)
Genre: Escape/Puzzle Room
Input: Touchpad, Gear VR Controller
Best Playing Position: Sitting, Standing
Multi-Player: No
Age Rating: PG

Description: Try your mental strength in four different predicaments. In the beginning, you have “Crazy Kidnapper” where you woke up in a closed room with no memories of how you got there. Then “Dirty Money” challenged your quick thinking in order to avoid getting caught by the police. We all remember those special parties after which you wake up with only a couple questions in your mind. Where am I? How did I get here? This ultimate challenge adds one more to the collection… How do I get out? You can look for answers to those in “Knowledge & Order”.

Review: It’s probably the easiest puzzle solving game I have ever encountered. Maybe even too easy. Dropped into a locked room with no apparent way out you have to follow some clues to escape. I won’t tell you any more about it here, because the spoilers would make the game even easier, probably to the point of becoming boring.

Actually, it has a great feel to it. I like the design of the main menu and the piano music adds to the proper scary­ish atmosphere. Starting the game you are dropped in a weird room. It mostly looks perfectly normal, but things like a chainsaw, something that looks like a bear trap next to a teddy bear and bloody writing on the wall create a creepy mood. That sets you up nicely for the bodiless voice of your kidnapper who locked you in the room and now demands that you solve his puzzles or you will have to stay with him forever (evil laugh)! You have ten minutes to do so. I did it in less than six.

The main menu is as easy to navigate as the game itself. Under “options” all you can change is the volume. Tapping on “play” you’ll get some quick instructions as to how to use the touchpad controls. It’s all pretty straight forward. You have that little blue dot right in front of you that we already know from so many other Gear VR apps. Pointing it at various objects will bring up a description and tapping the touchpad will take you there. Swipe down and you’ll crouch (you’ll need that to get a better look at lower positioned objects), swiping up will make you stand up again.

As I said, the puzzles are all pretty easy. The most difficult one I found was to find the password for the laptop, but that’s just me. You’ll probably find it no time. Did I like the game? When I first played the game I’d have said that the price was a bit steep for six minutes of entertainment, but since then Evilport, the developer, has added a second room and promised even more. It is fun to play and I’m looking forward to the puzzles that are still to come.

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