Posted: 8 months ago.
Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.
The land of Hyperbolica, as its name suggests, is a place that doesn't follow conventional geometric rules and instead seems to bend and distort perspective. Navigation at first seems almost impossible, as objects shrink and grow in seemingly indecipherable ways but as you acquaint yourself with the mechanics that define the world, you grow in confidence.
Spend enough time here and you find you can more easily move through the world and even explore some of the experiences on offer. This leads to interacting with characters and objects you find. You eventually earn a map, which helps you locate and get to points of interest.
While it's light on story, the strange and unique geometry results in a game that challenges the way you are used to seeing, interacting and moving through the world. Like Edwin Abbott Abbott's Flatland, it's a chance to imagine a world where dimensions and geography are completely different from our own. Unable to reliably interpret what you see of the world leads you to lean on other ways to perceive the environment and critically assess the information you think your eyes provide.
Release Date: 14/03/2022, updated in 2022
Price: 35% off
Platforms: Mac, Oculus and PC
Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Genres: Brain Game, Traversal and Simulation
Accessibility: 17 features
Components: 3D First-Person
Developer: Code Parade (@_CodeParade_)
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11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. As the main gameplay simply involves traversal, all you need to do is move around. But to be able to get where you want to go requires the skill and thinking of an older player.
Players can experience extreme motion sickness, even from looking at the game for only a few minutes, or even seconds in some cases, is a problem for many potential players, as the world shifts and distorts in front of your eyes. Objects seem to grow and shrink rapidly as you move, and even turning 90 degrees can be difficult for some, so navigation can also be very challenging.
Motion controls are only available when playing with a virtual reality headset.
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