A young girl who mysteriously disappeared some twelve years ago. A mountaintop observatory standing guard at the edge of the world. An enigmatic journal hinting at an incredible connection between the two, and a wondrous world beyond the boundaries of imagination. These are just the first few breadcrumbs to follow in Coatsink’s newly-released VR adventure, Shadow Point.
Adventure gamers are pretty used to simplified controls, but what's even easier than point-and-click? How about a game where you use only your eyes (and head) to interact? VR owners have the opportunity to experience just such a game for themselves in Tale of the Fragmented Star – Single Fragment Version, which has just been ported to PlayStation VR after its PC release last year.
You're sitting in a rowboat on a peaceful river. Sounds like a lovely way to spend a summer's afternoon, doesn't it? Not necessarily to Belgian developers Mantis, whose upcoming VR title Journey for Elysium casts you in the role of an unnamed warrior, killed in battle and now floating underworld-bound on the River Styx. Guided by a mysterious companion known as "the passenger", you must undertake a journey across time, history and myth to find the titular paradise, and ultimately redemption, in an "epic story inspired by Greek-Roman tragedy" currently seeking funding through Kickstarter.
Being a giant or a ghost would be enough to terrify most people, but both? That's precisely the challenge that will confront players in April in the aptly-titled PlayStation VR exclusive puzzle-adventure Ghost Giant.
Sometimes it's hard to know where science fiction ends and fantasy begins (or vice versa), and that will be particularly true in the newly-released "fantasy mystery puzzle VR game" The Last Letter.
Most videogame campaigns on Kickstarter are largely for production costs, but Japanese developer Amata is taking a different approach, seeking additional funding for marketing their upcoming escape-the-room VR adventure, Last Labyrinth.
You probably don't normally associate video games with part of the healing process from broken relationships, but filling that void is precisely the aim of indie developer Fire Mammoth with The Goodbye Room: Escape Your Ex, an upcoming "tender and queer first-person adventure" in search of crowdfunding on Kickstarer.
The new year brings new games to look forward to, and one of the first out of the chute is indie developer Black Mouse's VR exclusive, Profundum.
While Supermassive Games is best known for its cinematic horror adventure Until Dawn on PlayStation 4, and is currently working on the multi-platform The Dark Pictures anthology, quietly the team was also partnering with Google to produce the newly-released Daydream exclusive Shattered State.
Virtual reality continues to be a go-to source for modern puzzlers, the latest being Secret Location’s newly-released Transpose.
You've heard of thinking outside the box? Well, get ready to think inside the cube in Neverout, a Portal-esque puzzler that has just been ported to new platforms.
Last year Charm Games gave us FORM, an abstract virtual reality puzzler set largely in a world of darkness filled with mechanical devices. For their next act, the indie developer has turned on the lights for more a more fantastical adventure, the newly-released Twilight Path.
With the advent of virtual reality, it seems like the artificial world is more lifelike than ever, and that goes double for Chiaro and the Elixir of Life, an upcoming VR-exclusive sci-fi/fantasy adventure that was recently funded through Kickstarter.
Slowly but surely, virtual reality is beginning to absorb the kind of first-person exploratory puzzlers that were once the near-exclusive domain of standard PC displays. The latest such game to hop on the VR bandwagon is Aspyr Media's Torn, a "dark-science fiction mystery inspired by The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror" (the TV show, not the game).
Cloud-connected personal assistants aside, it will probably be some time before the robots come for our jobs in earnest. But the upcoming sci-fi adventure ManMade aims to explore what our lives might be like if the AI revolution really does take a turn for the worse, and how the very people who helped create it might be driven to rebel against a world of their own making.