A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game's escape room theme challenges players to use various objects and skills to escape the confines of their cell. This requires critical thinking, trial and error, and thinking outside the box.
The game challenges players to think outside the box in more ways than one. It encourages players to experiment with their surroundings and figure out how to overcome obstacles using only what's available at hand. The game also gives players a sense of accomplishment for coming up with unique solutions to whatever problems they face.
Positive Role Models
The player's character, the "Flow Weaver," tends to have a positive outlook, never willing to give up and resign themselves to fate. There's little interaction with other characters, though the ones that do exist generally try to be helpful to the player and assist in some way with their attempt to escape.
Ease of Play
The hand motions are natural and smooth, and interacting with the virtual room (and its dimensional variations) feels instantly intuitive. Players never struggle to get the controls to work the way they're supposed to. While the puzzles can take some real brainpower to figure out, "meditating" in the game offers up good clues on how to progress without simply giving the answers away.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Flow Weaver is a first-person fantasy puzzle game available for download on the Oculus Rift and Oculus Quest virtual reality (VR) platforms. This is an escape room styled game, with players trapped in a small room and challenged to use objects and information, found nearby and through the player's ability to shift dimensions, in order to find a way out. The controls are intuitive and fluid, working as an extension of the player's natural movements. The game features no inappropriate content, though there are some images of such as that of a restless spirit and a skeleton that could scare younger kids. Parents should also be aware that most VR platforms are not recommended for children under the age of 13.
Is It Any Good?
This VR game takes a classic puzzle experience, tosses in a handy amount of VR magic, and produces an engaging, although short, experience. Flow Weaver builds on one of the most obvious concepts for a puzzler, which is the escape room. Here, players are trapped within the confines of an area and are forced to solve puzzles by using little more than their brains and the objects in the room with them. Now, take away the laws of physics and nature that govern the real world and replace them with fantastic magic abilities to travel through a literal multiverse of options, and you've got the makings of something truly special. You've got the unique fantasy VR experience, Flow Weaver.
Admittedly, Flow Weaver is a "one and done" experience. From the opening moments to the final credits will only take around three hours or so for most gamers. It's also very linear, so there's not much in the way of replay value. On the upside, it's an intriguing and brain bending game from start to finish. Despite being trapped in a single room, shifting into other Flows opens a window to a patchwork of diverse and beautifully rendered realms. The game's story isn't heavy handed but still does a good job of building a satisfying lore that should get players' interests. And best of all, the virtual reality mechanics put players right into the middle of everything, creating a fantasy escape room so immersive, players won't want to leave.
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