Created by Mystic Cat, Pathstow Mystery VR is an adventure puzzle game with a few horror elements thrown into the mix. The game takes place in a town called Pathstow, in a relatively creepy house where your character’s friend Max Charlton lives. After receiving a mysterious letter from him about some supernatural interference in his new house, you set off to investigate. Though upon getting there he’s nowhere to be found.
Pathstow Mystery VR released on Steam for HTC Vive at a $19.99 price tag. Though it does have a launch discount of 30% so you can get it for $13.99 if you buy the game before October 27th.
Check out the trailer below:
So upon first entering Pathstow Mystery VR, I found myself in a dream, hearing my character’s voice rambling on about demons while I walked through a strange dreamlike place. That was the first chapter, which was pretty short but lead me to the next one where I woke up in my home. After solving a simple puzzle that involved finding items around the house, I got a key to leave. Though not before finding a letter from said Max about the strange things happening at his house. So I headed over. Speaking of moving, the game offers both teleportation and smooth locomotion. You also have the option to make the smooth locomotion head-oriented or right-/left-hand-oriented.
Though when I got to the friend’s house, he was nowhere to be found of course. It was also night and very dark. Though the strangest mystery here, honestly, was how this guy got his car into and out of the garage.
A Little Mystery, A Lot of Frustration
So after finding a way to his backyard, since his house was locked, I explored a bit to try and find my way inside. The puzzles in the game aren’t hard, exactly, though at times it was hard to figure out what the game wants of you. Especially since everything kind of blends into each other making no object stand out or look very helpful. Though that might be due to the low-quality graphics. I found most of the environment and objects to be too dark too.
Sometimes it was hard to see what was really there and I kept picking up lots of useless objects like old rusty cans, and what could either have been books or bricks, to try and find something useful. And even then I had troubles with tracking and strange door physics – making it hard to pick up or open things properly. Oh and don’t expect to be able to throw anything either.
Overall the game will take you around an hour and a half to two hours to complete, depending on how quickly you finish the puzzles. But even so I wouldn’t call it a particularly enthralling experience. Due to the low quality environment and slow progression of story, I wasn’t particularly motivated to keep going. Plus the story didn’t exactly make sense at time either – especially the clues I found in books because it sounded like they were Google translated.
Still, if you have a hankering for a puzzle adventure ust with some escape the room elements and a creepy vibe then give Pathstow Mystery VR a try. The game also recently added a halloween themed timed achievement where you have to find 9 Jack-o’-lanterns before October 31st.