Spoilers for Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality and Season 2, Episode 2, of the cartoon are found below. Continue at your own risk!
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, which received an 8.5/10 from us when it released yesterday, is filled to the brim with references from and gameplay elements related to some of the most coveted moments in the Adult Swim cartoon that it’s based on. There’s a unique game version of Mr. Meeseeks (known as Youseeks) that copies your every moment to help you complete tasks, the homicidal alien Rick is holding captive can be heard but not seen as you exchange items with him via a hatch in the garage, and there are many more. Everyone has a particular element of the show they’d like to see brought to life in virtual reality and the outer space arcade Blips and Chitz is the perfect candidate for gaming spaces. While Virtual Rick-ality doesn’t give us a fully realized Blips and Chitz, it does deliver a playable version of their hit game Roy: A Life Well Lived…well…a knockoff version of it at least. You can see the full scene from the cartoon below:
In Episode 2 of Rick and Morty’s 2nd season, Mortynight Run, Rick sells a weapon to an assassin so he can spend the day at the arcade Blips and Chitz. Morty battles with the morality of Rick’s decision and argues such but, before he can make any sort of point, Rick ushers him into a VR game called Roy: A Life Well Lived. Morty lives out the lead character’s life, making crucial decisions on his relationships and career all the way to his death. The length of his life is what determines the high score. It’s a hilarious riff on VR’s immersion being used for a regular life simulator and Owlchemy Labs’ Virtual Rick-ality tops it with a purposefully low-budget knockoff of the game with this iteration called Troy: A Life Lived.
In Virtual Rick-ality you’ll begin playing Troy as a baby and as you progress through various stages of life. You’ll have to make key decisions that shape your progression along a brief branching narrative. Play with the Rubik’s Cube as a baby and you’ll get labeled as a nerd in high school. Drink beer in college and you’ll get a reputation as a party animal.
We played through it twice, making difference choices each time, to show just how varied the experience can be. You can watch our playthrough of both sessions below (each one is only about 5 minutes in length total.)
Have you tried Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality yet, and if so, what did you do as Troy? Did you go back to the carpet store? Let us know in the comments below!
Parts of this article were contributed by Games Editor David Jagneaux.