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The Best of PlayStation VR Launch: Puzzle Games

Test that grey matter to the limit with these puzzle titles at launch.

Its PlayStation VR launch week with the headset arriving in just a couple of days time. Most gamers who’ve pre-ordered Sony Interactive Entertainment’s (SIE) head-mounted display (HMD) will likely have been doing their research on which titles they want to play on day one, as there’s quite a selection to choose from. VRFocus continues its round up of the best PlayStation VR videogames to consider, having already gone through genres such as Racing, Adventure, Sports and Shooting. For those that enjoy puzzle titles, we’ve got three worth a look.

These experiences aren’t just solely puzzle in nature, combining adventure, quick thinking, dexterity and other attributes to create an engaging virtual reality (VR) experience. There maybe more that players might think should make the list so take a look below at the three VRFocus recommends.

Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin – DoubleFine Productions

For our first puzzle experience we’ve got Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin created by DoubleFine Productions. This is the VR sister title to the developers original classic PC and console title, Psychonauts. Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin is a continuation of the first instalment, in which players take the role of Raz, tasked with solving puzzles using telepathic and telekinetic abilities. Raz can’t solve these alone and during the course for the videogame different characters have to be controlled each with their own skill set. With its unique art style and mixture of gameplay mechanics Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin offers an interesting alternative to some of the more standard videogames available at launch.

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Tumble VR – Supermassive Games


Tumble VR is a pure puzzle title at heart, from the same studio that’s created Until Dawn: Rush of Blood. The videogame is a first-person test of mental and physical dexterity as players complete a series of tasks to solve increasingly challenging puzzles. These challenges can range from building towers to creating bridges, working out mind melting puzzles, and blowing up enormous towers of blocks. Puzzle titles tend to be single-player affairs but Supermassive Games has incorporated PlayStation VR’s Social Screen feature, allowing a second player to use the connected TV, creating a much more social experience.


SuperHyperCube – Kokoromi


Our final title on the list is Kokoromi’s SuperHyperCube. This is probably the most intense out of the three whilst mixing the simplest gameplay mechanics. Players control a cube which needs to fit through an incoming wall, with each successive wall passed the cube can change size and shape, needing to be continually reoriented to succeed. There will be 10 levels with 100 walls to complete alongside power-ups to make the most difficult walls that little bit easier. SuperHyperCube takes its cues from classic videogames and re-imagines them for 21st century VR gameplay, and will likely have players furiously replaying levels to achieve perfection.


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