Tunnels can be fun. Psychedelic tunnels can be a trip. But when you add psychedelic tunnels in Virtual Reality, then and only then can we truly know what it would be like to enter another dimension. But do you have what it takes to conquer it all and become a supreme being? Well, Owlgorithm is going to show us why we should take a ride through Hex Tunnel for the PlayStation VR.
In Hex Tunnel you have a goal. To make it to the other side of the tunnel without touching anything. It’s a simple concept with simple controls, but do you have the patience to make it to the end while the visuals and the music seem to hypnotize you and if you are not careful, you will crash and burn.
Hex Tunnel has three different modes…Arcade, Chaos, and Ultra. In Arcade mode you will need to conquer Ice, Fire, Water, Earth, and Air. Each element level has it’s own unique personality to it. It’s as each level is its own part of the soul trying to come alive and almost wants you to become a part of it like it’s trying to fill this empty void.
In Chaos mode, it is a combination of different sections, but there is no theme. In Ultra, you will not have time to admire the surroundings as this mode is focused more on the speed.
I mentioned earlier about simple controls. Grab your Dualshock 4, but you only need this to select the mode or stage. Other than that, you just need the PSVR headset to look where you want to go. You really cannot get more simple than this. As you move through the six-sided tunnel you will want to make sure you do not hit anything. If you do, the screen will go back and you will have to start over. Yes, it can be frustrating, but take a deep breath and try to enjoy the visuals as well as the music.
As far as music, I enjoyed it. It may not be to everyone’s taste, but entering the dimension of Hex Tunnel, the music by Imphenzia really works here. Sometimes I would get distracted by the visuals of the fire or water stages and then sometimes I would be concentrating on the music. Do yourself a favor and just let go and enjoy the trip.
As I was able to enjoy not only the visuals and music, I finally noticed that some of the stages have a pattern that I could follow. Once I realized this, my attempts at becoming one with the tunnels became less frustrating and more enjoying my trip through this dimensional travel to the other side.
Hex Tunnel is not the most graphically impressive VR game out there and it doesn’t need to be. Is it the most complex VR game ever built, no. It doesn’t need to be any of these things nor was it made to be. It was made based on a what-if and for that, I respect it for what it is, something where I can relax, chill out and have some fun to escape. Because isn’t that what VR is, a dimensional escape?
In case you missed the trailer, please enjoy. Until next time, I am going to go escape and try and get to the other side.