Do you have what it takes to save countless millions from total annihilation? Does your love of cheese compel you to solve complex puzzles. Do you enjoy putting sombreros on tiny aliens dressed in a panda suits? If you answered yes to any of these questions, congratulations, you’re wired and Doctor Kvorak’s Obliteration Game might be just for you.
Doctor Kvorak’s Obliteration Game is a strange mix of platformer meets puzzle solving that takes place on the good doctors galactic game show. I say good doctor but it’s pretty safe to say that this doctor is certifiably insane. In short, he has trapped you and your friends on his game show and if you fail to solve the puzzles and win the day, well, entire planets are destroyed.
Behind Door Number One
So, now that you know what you’re up against, let’s take a look at how this all plays out. In Doctor Kvorak’s Obliteration Game you will be controlling up to three characters as you try and navigate them through the 15 different puzzles this game show has to offer. Each character possess a special ability that will aid them along the way but for the most part you will be jumping onto platforms, pushing blocks onto pressure pads, and dealing with some pesky death rays to start with. Things will escalate quickly however.
The puzzles can take up to around 30 minutes to work your way through and will vary in difficulty. Each puzzle will also have various items and collectibles for you to snatch up along the way. One of the more notable items during my gameplay was a pretty sweet sombrero that I was able to put on my little alien. This can be done, while playing the game, through a menu and, from the looks of it, there are tons of clothing options to be discovered. It’s a fun little feature.
This game show also allows you to create and share your own custom puzzles. Unfortunately this feature won’t be implemented until launch but I can only guess what you clever people will come up with. It’s frightening really, seeing as how entire planets are on the line.
Taking Control of the Show
The controls will take some time to get the hang of as this game uses a mix of teleport, a sort of slider function, as well as a snap-to type of movement depending on what buttons you press. The teleport is simple enough but to get a good aerial view you will need to press one of the side panel buttons on your controlled and move it up or down.
The motion is a bit of a pain to get the hang of but the need for the various viewing angles becomes evident as you guide your little alien around. The snap to button on the other hand was just strange and unpredictable. More often than not, it landed me inside a wall so I ignored it completely.
Moving your little alien buddy is as simple as pointing in the direction you want it to go and holding the trigger down. It felt very responsive and getting the alien running around and jumping onto platforms, done by pressing the trackpad, was actually pretty easy to pick up.
You Almost Won a Shiny New Car
Graphically the game is a little lacking in polish but still easy on the eyes. All of the different effects and intractable items look great, and when you zoom out and take in the entire level, it is pretty neat to see the puzzles in motion. My only real gripe with the graphics would have to be the look of the doctor. It would have been nice to see a little more detail as he is one of the main characters and we see so much of him.
The playable characters, on the other hand, looked good. Actually they are adorable and only get more so when you start dressing them up. They even look at you from time to time and while it is a little unnerving, it’s a nice little touch in the graphics department.
The soundtrack for Doctor Kvorak’s Obliteration Game is pretty good if you’re into the space techno style it has to offer. You can shut it off in the options menu, but I found it catchy enough to keep me going. The voice acting of the doctor was a little odd, but not much about this game isn’t so I was willing to accept the cheesy vampire accent.
Weird and Wonderful
As for the story, it’s about as crazy as the concept of the game. During gameplay you will be introduced to various characters that will pop in and spill the beans on the doctor’s various deeds and shortcomings. Needless to say, this displeases the doctor and hilarity ensues. From trash talking poultry to saving planets made of cheese, the story is a pretty welcome comedic backdrop while you work out the various puzzles.
Doctor Kvorak’s Obliteration Game is available for the Vive and Rift, so everyone should have the opportunity to check out this game. It’s developer, Freekstorm, boasts about 10 hours of gameplay and that should go up once community made puzzles become available. If you are into puzzle games, this one is worth a look. If you’re not into puzzle games but enjoy goofy dialog and dressing up adorable aliens, it’s also worth a look.
Release Date: July 26, 2017