A while ago we tried to solve the mystery that is Nano Shift VR, after the game launched in Early Access for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Now, we’re at it again – this time trying to complete the full game. Nano Shift VR is a puzzle/escape the room title that sends you back in time to find a cure for a nano-virus that has ravaged humankind.
The game released in Early Access back in August this year and now saw its full release this month. Nano Shift VR is available on Steam for $14.99, though it does have a 20% launch discount, putting it at $11.99 until November 15th. I got to give the game a try using Vive and I quite liked the story that the game was telling as well as the amazing visual fidelity it offers. I found the puzzles interesting and varied as well, though it would have been great if there was a bit more content. This first chapter of the game only offers about an hour of gameplay.
Check out my gameplay video below:
In Nano Shift VR takes place in both the future and the past. In the future people live underground, searching for ways to cure a nano-virus that overran the human race and sent them scurrying into underground bunkers for survival. But we are a resourceful lot and while we couldn’t see the sun anymore, we didn’t stop working – developing technology to such a degree that time travel finally became a reality. So people started searching for the cause of this virus and a way to stop it by sending volunteers back to key times and places in the past.
I played the role of one of these volunteers, sent back to the house of a doctor who co-founded a company called Nanocare. As a volunteer, I get a black light baton (luckily no strange fluids were found during my playthrough of this game) and a very cool high-tech backpack to carry around any interesting objects I find. Nano Shift VR is a room-scale title, with a minimum area of 2.8m x 2.8m. However if your space is too small (as is likely the case with most people), then not to worry because the game also has teleportation implemented.
A Portal Back In Time
So upon first entering the doctor’s home, I was surrounded by interesting contraptions and a lot of papers and books lying around. It wasn’t hard to get into it and the experience was exciting in an almost overwhelming way at first since each room in the house has a lot of things to discover. The puzzles were varied, but not too hard to figure out either. Some involved just tinkering with knobs or switches, others simply involved finding useful hidden objects around the house. However, me being me, there were a few frustrating moments when I couldn’t figure out where to find the next clue in my quest. For the most part, though, it was pretty smooth sailing.
Overall Nano Shift VR proved to be a very polished and sometimes challenging title, though personally I’m not a big fan of escape-the-room puzzle games and virtual reality is rife with them. Still, I found this to be one of the less frustrating VR puzzle games out there with one exception – the cliffhanger ending. Yup, indeed this game has one, with a promise of continuing the story in follow-up ‘chapters’. Which will hopefully come to fruition. Though nothing is set in stone, so if you really hate cliffhanger endings then you’re opening yourself up for disappointment with Nano Shift. Oh and I have to mention another pet peeve I had with this game – whenever going through a door, I would suddenly be facing the same door on the other side.
On a lighter note, if you’re just looking for a very polished VR game with interesting puzzles and a mysterious storyline then you won’t want to miss the experience Nano Shift VR offers.