Experience a weird void of a world where everything and nothing seems to make any sense at all.
Teleport from platform to platform to solve the great hidden mystery being kept from you.
Solve and complete the game to experience a fulfilling awakening to the reality that you used your common sense.
Puzzle and mystery games come in all shapes and sizes. Well, at least this one does. Not only that, but it comes in different colors as well. Wake Up VR is such a game that not only gives you cause to engage in deep thinking but sets you about in a creepy surrealistic 3D world as well. A world where the out of place seems but natural and the weird as the norm of thought. This is a game where literally thinking "out of the box" is a requirement to solving it.
In the game, you (the player) are dreaming. It's not necessarily a nightmare but your surroundings will give the impression of some form of insanity in one way or the other. Aside from the mismatched combination of colors aside from what appears to be at first a confusing lack of objective and in-game information, patiently playing the game and discovering the what, where and why's of the whole thing can lead to the final solution of waking up from this dream of lunacy.
To begin with, you have to figure out how to use your hands. But, instead of hands you have two cubes that act like them. The controls are intuitive although it might take a little figuring out at the start. This game requires patience and a keen desire to figure things out. Wake Up VR is also a 3D platformer as you will need to teleport from platform to platform to and fro to accomplish what you have to do. At the beginning, the cute Red Butterfly will lead you.
Touching the butterfly will blow it up but look around to see where it re-spawns as this will give you a direction to head to. There are actions that you will have to complete in the game as this will yield certain items that you will need to use and hidden paths that you will have to take. One thing will lead to another and by connecting the so and so, you will just realize that you are already solving the game. One requirement though is common sense. For those who have played and solved the Portal games (yes, Chel), this is kind of like that although a way lot easier with no sarcastic sentry gun trying to put a hole in you.
Items that pop-up after you complete an important task have their specific uses. Just look around because it's there like a triangular peg goes into a triangular hole and other things like that. If it looks like it makes sense, then, it probably does. There are light orbs in the game which you will have to use. You will have to generate them though by jumping onto certain platforms and pushing a switch. You can grab them with your errr...square and throw them a distance. Just think of them as a ball and something you do with a ball and you'll know what to do. It does takes patient practice though.
Colors, as visually painfully combined and used as they are play an important role in the game. It would be best not to take them for granted. Shapes are another thing as you will have to match them to each other and your common sense as well to figure things out. This goes there, rotate this to that, slot this in and so on and so forth. It may take some time but if you're the thinking kind of person, you'll eventually figure it out.
The graphics are cool in it's own out of place way and the music lends well to the mystery of the game. Keep in mind however that this is suppose to be some weird dream depicted in VR so no matter how insane it may look like a big yellow structure with slots in the middle of the dark void to a bunch of SteamPunk crimson record players that don't look right, there's probably a reason for them being where they are.
Despite the confusion and aggravation Wake Up VR can cause you at the start, if you like this "elementary my dear" kind of game play, do give it a try. It's free2play on Steam and it's worth it. Now all you have to do is to figure out a way to Wake Up!