Owlchemy Labs has been my favourite developer for PlayStation VR ever since I played the wonderful Job Simulator, so I had no doubt its next game would be just as good, if not even better than the last. So step forward Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, a game which, as you might expect, is based on the popular animated series from Cartoon Network.
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality is a high-quality PlayStation VR game, one of the best I’ve played since Job Simulator. The moment you step into the game you’re immersed in the colourful and fun world of the TV series, in fact, it’s fair to say it feels very much like you’ve stepped into the TV and are part of the action.
The story itself is split into nine levels, each as bizarre as the next. You take the role as one of the Clone Mortys and will find yourself taking part in a bunch of mundane tasks for which you have been created, which generally involves you solving puzzles, exploring hidden portals to another world, such as the Bathroom, a Satelite and a strange machine which charges batteries, amongst others.
There’s all manner of tools in the garage for you to make use of in order to solve the puzzles put in front of you. As mentioned, there’s a battery charger which has you turning and pushing levels in sequence in order to charge the battery, while there is also a modified Mr Meeseeks toy which you throw onto the floor, you can then use this clone to mimic your own movements which allows you to perform tasks in the distance by passing items between each clone. Then there is the crafting table that allows you to combine any two items found lying around Rick’s lab. There is also a computer so you can order parts.
In order to get around you can use the move button to get between the washer/dryer, the lab and the shelf. No matter what world you are in, be it the bathroom, at the satellite or the alien world, where you have an arcade style shoot off against a bunch of aliens, you’ll generally stand still, all of which does help eliminate any motion sickness.
It’s fair to say each world is well designed and looks fantastic, with so much interaction and plenty of banter between the characters really adding to the immersion of the experience. Owlchemy Labs really seem to have VR nailed when it comes to the level of interactivity, which is why, even when you have finished the game, there’s still so much to experiment with.
To add to the realism of it all, the game includes voice acting from the show’s characters, so you’ll hear the familiar tones of Justin Roiland, Dan Harmon and the like, although even if you don’t know who these people are or don’t know much about the show in general, Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality still offers enough in terms of story and gameplay to hook you in. I just love how even when you have finished the nine levels, there’s a reason to go back. Head over to the washer and you can play Troy on the arcade cabinet, while you can also experiment with the many items you’ll find lying around or just head back to the bathroom and pop some laxatives.
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality is yet another high-quality VR game from Owlchemy Labs. It offers up a colourful and immersive world which will hook you in, meaning you’ll most likely lose track of time when playing, long after you’ve finished it. The writing is great and offers up plenty of laughs, while there are many hidden secrets, meaning you’ll enjoy just exploring and experimenting with everything you find.
It seems Owlchemy Labs have developing games for PlayStation VR nailed, having already created one of my favourites in Job Simulator and now offering up the excellent Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality.
Next up is Vacation Simulator and I for one can’t wait to get my virtual hands on it.
*Code kindly provided by the publisher for review*