Virtual reality offers a unique way of getting inside one's head, and that is especially true in the newly-released puzzler FORM, which takes you through the surreal subconsicious of the game's protagonist.
FORM tells the story of Dr. Devin Eli, a "brilliant physicist at the global technology mega-conglomerate Mindful Laboratories" who also has "superhuman powers of geometric visualization – the unintended consequence of a childhood trauma." Working at a remote Alaskan research facility, Dr. Eli is "on the brink of uncovering the meaning behind a mysterious signal coming from a secret artifact – The Obelisk." In order to do so, he will need to use his special powers to "solve stimulating puzzles and explore surreal environments built from Dr. Eli’s memories, dreams and fears."
Described by indie developer Charm Games as "2001: A Space Odyssey meets The Room," the game confronts players with a variety of obstacles that will require you to "assemble puzzle pieces, unlock doors and open rifts to alternative realities." The further you progress into the "deeper and more distant recesses of Dr. Eli’s mind," the more "complex and intertwined" the challenges become in your quest to "discover a path toward Dr. Eli’s true destiny." These obstructions promise a "mix of new and classic puzzles inspired by contextual problem-solving games," but all have been designed to "capture an inherent 'VR-ness.'" You can play either standing or sitting, but "whether opening mysterious cubes or creating shapes and patterns of pure energy, make use of the dexterity, manipulation, and tactile sensation only possible with motion controls."
Puzzle lovers can jump right into FORM, as the game is available now on Steam. However, unlike some games that can also be played on standard PC monitors, FORM requires a VR headset and motion controller to play. For now it is only compatible with HTC Vive, but Oculus and PlayStation VR versions are expected to follow in time. To learn more about the game, drop by the official website for additional details.