Mouse Playhouse is a free game that releases today on Steam for HTC Vive. It was created by Tinkertainment, a game development team of 18 graduates from SMU Guildhall – a graduate video game development program located at the Southern Methodist University Plano campus.
Published by The Guildhall, Mouse Playhouse is Tinkertainment and SMU Guildhall’s first VR title. Pair that with the new virtual reality center at Kingston University, and together they make great examples of how VR is steadily being integrated into game development courses over the world. Mouse Playhouse also won 2nd place in gameplay at the Intel University Games Showcase this year.
The Producer at Tinkertainment, Mario Rodriguez recently spoke about their experience developing the game and how much fun they had creating the game. “Each developer is in their second year at the Guildhall. Therefore, we have each gained insightful experience in game development. As part of the first year at Guildhall, we have all developed mobile tablet games and a networked-multiplayer Capture the Flag, First Person Shooter. For our last year, we are creating our biggest game yet. No restrictions means it is up to us to create any type of game we desire. After much thought, we came up with Mouse Playhouse,” he said.
Enter the Playhouse
It’s a light-hearted VR puzzle game in which you can manipulate objects to solve puzzles. The object of the game is to guide your pet mice towards the cheese. In Mouse Playhouse you have to use the blue objects provided to guide the mice away from trouble and towards the cheese.
There are also some fun mini-games in Mouse Playhouse. You can throw objects around, play basketball, darts and even play the xylophone. The puzzles aren’t overly challenging, but there are these little robot’s in the game called “Meowbots” who basically stop your mice from reaching their destination. But all you have to do is redirect and trap the “Meowbots” and the mice will play!
I can’t really say how much replayability the game has – once you’re through the puzzles, there’s not much of a reason to go through them again. But the mini-games might keep you busy for a while. At the very least this could be a very entertaining and safe game for the younger folk. One in which you don’t have really worry about them falling down or messing anything up. Either way, the game is free and worth checking out so it’s time to seize the cheese!
You can check out the game trailer below: