If you were in charge of a place that was full of mystery, do you think you would be able to solve it or do you think it would go unsolved throughout the test of time? Sometimes, it’s the thoughts that go into solving them Mysteries can be the hardest part for some and easy for others. It is just the way we look at them that can even stump the hard-core detectives. From the way they are designed to try to get them solved, mysteries can really make us think and use our brains to the fullest. But does developer Top Right Corner gives us the clues to get the mystery solved? Let’s find out with The Atlas Mystery: A VR Puzzle Game for PCVR.
The Atlas Mystery: A VR Puzzle Game is well, a VR puzzle escape room game where you must explore the haunted halls of the infamous Atlas Theatre, a 1940’s era movie place that played host to a shocking Hollywood tragedy. Solve intricate puzzles, discover startling artifacts, and evade sinister forces to uncover the twisted truth behind the theater’s dark history. So before you walk in and think you can start solving everything, there are a few things that you should be aware of. First, take your time. These puzzles can possibly stump you if you let them. So try not to overthink everything too much. Second, make sure your controllers are fully charged as you don’t want to get distracted from your train of thought because you forgot to do so. Third, I will not spoil anything for anyone. And finally, it’s not too often you get to visit the 1940’s era, so have some fun with everything. With all that said, let’s continue…
When you first start the game you are presented with some options such as if you want to play sitting or standing, do you want smooth turning and if so, what speed would like you like to have it, snap turn rate, and Force Grab Activation. Once you play with the settings to get it just like how you like it, it’s time to enter the theatre. But as the newly hired floor manager, you want the re-grand opening to go on without a hitch. So the first room really is more of a tutorial to get used to everything. You move with the left thumbstick, use the grip buttons to grab and interact with objects, and pull the backpack from behind your shoulder to collect objects that you find and will use in later puzzles. The first room is, of course, the easiest to escape from.
As you enter the lobby, you do start to get that theatre fell in the 1940’s. From the design to the statutes to even a globe that is in the middle of the lobby. But it’s trying to find the clues to let you leave from behind the concession stand to the different clues with the lobby that will lead you on a chase of sorts as you you solve one puzzle to start working on the next one.
Now, it’s not all about puzzle-solving. I mean it is, but there is a story element here and you could rush through moving to the next puzzle to try and solve, but you will appreciate the story so much more if you just take your time, read everything, and try and interact with everything you can as there are some great details that are here as you finally have your answer what actually happened here at The Atlas.
Let’s talk about the graphics and sound. For the most part, everything is clear. Seeing the lion statue’s eyes glowing red and then having them turn a different color after you have progressed really does have this you are alone and you might be watched type of feeling while in the lobby. Placing parts of the film together to go on the movie reel was also something I found quite enjoyable as everything just ended up coming together. Listening to the sound when you would interact with objects or even hearing rusty pipes turn sounds as they should. Then when you add the dramatic music as you are getting closer, just added to the eerieness of what is inside The Atlas.
There are a few things that I hope get addressed. For one, there was one part towards the end where it was really hard to read the numbers on the dials which is important when you need to read them to turn the dial to the right number in order to move on. This should be an easy fix as the developer has already released an update, but hopefully, this will be in the next one. And finally, I would have loved to explore more of The Atlas. This is a big theater and don’t get me wrong, there is a lot to see here, but there was just something that left me wanting more to explore before seeing the mystery being revealed before I was ready for it to be.
The Atlas Mystery: A VR Puzzle Game does allow us to enter the era of the past and visit the mystery of an old theater. It gives us the puzzles and the clues needed to solve them without overstaying its welcome. Too many times we are in a rush to see what happens, and we sometimes forget to enjoy the time that we are in. In life, if we rush through, we may just miss those precious moments in life that we could cherish. And shouldn’t we all want more of those special moments to remember?
The Atlas Mystery: A VR Puzzle Game is out now on for the Quest/2 via Oculus App Lab on the Oculus Store, Steam VR, and Viveport. A review code was provided.
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