Darknet is one of the best and most highly-regarded VR puzzle games out right now. Available today on both Rift and Gear VR, it positions players as hackers in a cyberpunk futuristic environment where they must retrieve data from some of the world’s most secure networks. According to an official press release, starting March 7th, that list of support platforms is expanding to also include Sony’s PlayStation VR (PSVR).
It’s a very 90s-style retro-futuristic approach to the concept of hacking that takes you “inside” of computers and makes you feel like what you thought computer hackers were back when you were a kid.
The objective of the game is to inject viruses into anti-virus points in the correct pattern so that they spread and infect the core of a node. It sounds confusing, but works incredibly well mechanically and gradually gets more and more difficult as the game progresses — like any good puzzle experience.
Here’s a video of the game’s creator, E McNeill, explaining it himself on the Gear VR version:
Interestingly, this marks the first time a game by E McNeill has appeared on a non-Oculus platform. Darknet, Tactera, and Skylight have all been released on Gear VR and Darknet is also on the Oculus Rift. But nothing on Vive or Google’s Daydream yet.
In its port over to PSVR, Darknet is also receiving some minor upgrades, such as full audio support for the PS4’s DualShock 4 controller, visual enhancements, and of course trophies to earn while playing.
Since Darknet, E McNeill has gone on a bit of a tactical kick, releasing turn-based strategy game Tactera [Review: 7/10] and the turn-based real-time hybrid war game, Skylight [Review: 7.5/10]. Both are excellent in their own way and all three of his games maintain an iconic visual style.
Darknet is scheduled to release for PSVR on March 7th for $14.99 from E McNeill and Archiact.