Announced last year, the African puzzle game, Rangi, is finally around the corner. It’s being developed by a team in Casablanca, Morocco, called Funsoft and will be published through Digigo Games.
Rangi is inspired by African cultures and was created with authentic African cultural influences. Made with Unity3, it’s a visually stunning title. This Gear VR title instantly reminded me of the PC puzzle game, The Witness – except for its difference in storyline and theme. In Rangi, you’re the “chosen one” who will need to complete puzzles to release the music giants and restore balance. Even though I’m not a huge fan of puzzle games myself – I am from Africa and the stunning African artwork and tribal music makes me giddy with joy. It’s great that there’s finally a VR game that displays African culture and art. Plus the creators behind the game are from Africa themselves, which lends a lot of authenticity to the look and feel of Rangi.
If you own a Gear VR and like puzzle games then Rangi is definitely for you. With its visually stunning design and entrancing music, you’ll be transported to a mystical and poetically rich environment. In Rangi, you will have to solve cryptic puzzles and reconstruct ancient statues. To get there you will have to navigate deadly platforms and take virtual flight.
The Story Behind Rangi
Listen. Do you hear the rhythm?
Once it was strong, guiding the beat of our people’s hearts.
Once it was loud, filling our children with joy, bringing strength to our warriors.
Once it was all around us, but now we must seek it out with drum beats and dancing.
This was not always the way of the world…
Long ago, the Music Giants wandered freely, keeping the beat alive.
The land of Ota echoed to the sound of their footsteps, and the people of Nchi knew only peace, joy and harmony.
Then came the Matata, the interrupters, the stealers of sound. They stole Chúkwú away from the Giants, hoarding their life force and locking it away inside secret puzzles.
Now the drumbeat ebbs and fades.
Some fear it will be lost forever.
But we are not without hope!
For the old men sing of one who will unlock the mysteries of the Matata, one who will return the Chúkwú to the Music Giants and restore the balance of our world.
His name is Guruki, and his time has come.
[Taken from Rangi’s website]
Will Rangi Be Worth Your Time?
There’s been a lot of mediocre VR titles so far. And there have been good titles that offer about two hours of gameplay. So you could be thinking that this is just another startup trying to create an okay game to get into the VR industry.
But what lends a lot of credibility to this game, however, is that the Funsoft team counts among them several ex-members of Ubisoft Casablanca. The Creative Director at Funsoft, Fabien Delpech said, “We sought to create in Rangi a strong relationship between the puzzle-based gameplay and African tribal art. The level design entices players to interact with a multitude of elements within the environment, which makes the VR experience even more meaningful. Rangi is a truly unique mobile game due to it drawing inspiration from African music, folklore, and art, and we know that gamers will love playing it as much as we’re enjoying creating it.”
This title is set to release sometime in the next couple of months if there aren’t any delays. The developers say that they are looking to extend support to other headsets in the future. No price tag is available yet, however.