Virtual reality (VR) developers were out in force at Gamescom 2019 last month and VRFocus is still catching up on the content. One of the highlights of the event was The VR Games Showcase, the brainchild of Fast Travel Games. Naturally, the studio also had a new videogame to share in the form of The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets which VRFocus demoed and recorded.
The video showcases the very first level of the title so completely avoid it if you don’t want any puzzle spoilers. The entire experience is a very light-hearted puzzle adventure designed for any age but most likely aimed at a younger VR audience.
With colourful scenery and characters animated in a stop-motion style, the aim in each floating 3D world is to locate three hidden animals. From merely hiding in a bush to more complicated challenges involving several stages, The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets is very much a hands-on videogame. You need to spin the world to fully explore all the nooks and crannies, picking things up to find what’s interactive and what’s simply there for decoration.
As well as the various animals to find there are other bonus treasures to locate which are much more easy to spot. It’s a living breathing world where there are interesting little things going on, offering a very different experience to that of Fast Travel Games’ last VR title Apex Construct.
A video is one thing but if you want a more in-depth analysis of The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets then have a read of VRFocus’ preview which noted: Fast Travel Games isn’t going for hardcore puzzle gameplay here as you’d find in Gadgeteer or Transpose. The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets even made it onto VRFocus’ ‘Favourite VR Games From Gamescom 2019‘ list, highlighting the fact it did make VRFocus smile.”
Demoed using an Oculus Rift S, The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets will be released later this year for PlayStation VR, Oculus Quest, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality headsets. Check out the full gameplay video below and for further updates on the title, keep reading VRFocus.
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Author: Peter Graham