It’s been a little over a year now since Double Fine’s weird world of Psychonauts graced the PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset, and now PC VR owners can get a taste of it too.
Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin is now available on the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive through Steam and Oculus Home. This appears to be the exact same version of the game that launched on PSVR last year. In it, you step into the shoes of series protagonist, Raz, a young boy with supernatural abilities that he uses as an agent of the titular organization. While the original Psychonauts is played from third-person, Rhombus of Ruin let’s you actually embody Raz from first-person, as well as several other characters.
The game picks up from where the original left off, answering a cliffhanger that’s now over 10 years old. It’s not a full Psychonauts sequel, only lasting a few hours and lacking many of the elements of the original game such as platforming, but it does bridge the gap for the upcoming Psychonauts 2. As Raz, you use abilities such as telekinesis and pyrokinesis to solve a series of puzzles to save your friends, body-swapping between characters as a means of locomotion.
Sadly, we weren’t too hot on the original release of Rhombus of Ruin. While it’s likely worth playing for hardcore fans of the series, gameplay also feels restrictive, more closely resembling the point-and-click adventures of Double Fine’s heritage. Hopefully Double Fine is planning bigger and better things for VR’s future.
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