Well, for the last few days I have spent some time in VR playing with myself. Get your mind out of the gutter, I don’t mean like that.
Transpose is an interesting puzzle game that uses VR in a very interesting way to make you wrack your brain with some outside the box thinking to crack the puzzle in front of you.
What makes it so interesting is that you actually have to interact with your own past actions so as you can complete the task at hand, this is carried out in the form of echoes, I’ll give you an example that will make it quite easy to understand. One version of you will cross over a gap to retrieve a power core without any way to return, so what you would do next is throw the power core over the gap to the other side, at that point you would save that timeline and start a new one. On the new timeline you would move to the spot where you threw the power core to and watch as your first action is played out in front of you, then you have to catch the power core that you were throwing from the other side. In this example, you have to catch the core because, for some reason, you can’t pick things up off the ground. PlayStation Move controllers are used throughout the game, so make sure to have these strapped on to your wrists to avoid any little accidents in the home.
There are multiple puzzles throughout, as the game progresses you will be weaving multiple timelines and thinking about 3 steps ahead in order to pass each level. The game does get quite tricky but it is ramped up in such a way you are prepared to tackle the challenges that lie ahead.
The game is set in a sort of 90’s style with your avatar looking like it could have come straight out of Lawnmower Man, the soundtrack also had a kind of 90’s vibe to it. The VR space that you move around feels quite big, and the graphics are actually really nice looking too.
The game really does feel like something a bit different from many of the other games I have played in PSVR and your time to complete will ultimately depend on your own skill at figuring out how to manipulate the different timelines to pass the puzzles. I would expect most people to take a good few hours to complete the game, and if you want to get all the trophies you will have to go back and try to finish the puzzles without making mistakes, so it does seem to offer good value for money.
I really enjoyed Transpose, I thought it was a really interesting game that was trying to do something that I had not yet experienced in VR.
*Code kindly provided by the publisher for review*