Back in March 2018 Oasis Games Ltd in partnership with Red Accent Studios announced their upcoming satirical VR puzzle game, Salary Man Escape for PlayStation VR. It was originally due to release in May this year, but was postponed due to unknown reasons. However, the studio has now announced that the game has finally released on PSVR and is now available.
Salary Man Escape places you in the shoes of, well, yourself actually. Or at least, those of us who are stuck in the daily grind with no foreseeable chance of escape. You’ve got to eat and keep buying the newest iPhone after all. The game is set in a surreal, noir-esque style office full of what looks like an endless sea of desks and PC monitors that’s offset by a cheery Japanese ’80s-inspired soundtrack.
Check out the trailer below:
No one in their right mind wants to be here, so you’ll have to try your best to escape this nightmarish hell-hole. Salary Man Escape makes use of physics-based puzzles where you have to run across desks and move obstacles and objects around while carefully considering things like weight and structure to create a route to freedom for yourself. Meanwhile, the outside world and freedom are so close you can almost smell the fresh, stress sweat-less air, and “motivational” messages such as “It could be that your purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others” keeps mocking you along the way.
“We set out to create a physics-based VR game with the theme of escape,” said Michael Michael (aka MM), lead designer at Red Accent Games. “Initially the team began with futuristic, sci-fi concepts but ultimately the familiar setting of an office and where the mind goes of an employee who desperately wants the work day to end, complemented what we were trying to achieve with the gameplay in Salary Man Escape perfectly.”
The game spans across 6 chapters and 78 levels that provide around 8 hours, according to Oasis, with new and more complex puzzles constantly being added to mix it up. This is a platformer of sorts, since you’ll be playing the game in third-person perspective while you move objects around on a platform so the salaryman can escape the level.
Salary Man Escape is available now for PSVR on the PlayStation Store at US$15,99/£11,99 for anyone who just craves escaping their job.