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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality is a virtual reality (VR) game based on the Adult Swim TV show. It features lots of crude humor (including picking up dog poop and using it to create items), strong profanity (including words like "f--k" and "s--t"), and to a lesser extent, animated violence: Rick slaps Morty in the face, while one shooting gallery scene pits players against insect-like aliens. There's some suggestive innuendo in dialogue that not every player will catch. Players will also see bottles with alcohol marked XXX on the bottle label, as well as cardboard cutouts of beer cans and bottles and small bags with white powdery substances in some scenes.
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What's it about?
RICK AND MORTY: VIRTUAL RICK-ALITY is a first-person perspective virtual reality (VR) game tied to the popular Rick and Morty animated TV series. In this action/adventure game, players assume the role of a cloned Morty, the hapless teenage grandson of mad scientist and alcoholic Rick Sanchez. Like the TV show, gamers embark on a silly interdimensional quest to restore order to chaotic situations the characters find themselves in. These range from escaping purgatory to repairing a spaceship and even to hatching aliens in their suburban garage. Over the course of the game, you'll interact with characters, find (and fuse) items to perform various tasks, solve puzzles, play mini-games, and solve mysteries.
Is it any good?
This is one fun VR experience -- especially for fans of the Adult Swim TV series, although the gameplay is short and has some small technical issues. Like many adventure games that you play in VR, in Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, you'll use your hands to pick up and manipulate items to solve puzzles. In fact, you'll frequently use the crafting tables in the garage to combine items you've found to create new ones, many of which will be required to win the game. You can use your imagination to make loads of objects, plus there's a huge assortment of items that are clear references to the TV show. Plus, if you get stuck, you can call Rick on your watch to help you out. If you're a fan of the show, you'll love the authentic voices, writing, and locations. You might even find yourself laughing out loud at the crazy situations you find yourself going through.
Things start out pretty easily as you begin with a simple chore like laundry, but tasks get more difficult as you go through the story. Without giving too much away, you'll discover portals that take you to another location or even another dimension. But here's where some of the issues start. To move through each area, you'll teleport from place to place, but there were some moments where the VR sensors wouldn't recognize the movement commands, requiring a bit of trial and error to make the game recognize what we wanted to do. Plus, it all ends quickly, lasting about three hours or so. It's also pricey at $40 to $50, for the amount of play included. But measured by quality and not quantity, Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality is a blast. It might not be the most challenging game, but fans of the show will absolutely love it.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about marketing to kids. Is Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality a blatant marketing attempt to exploit the TV show's fan base, or is this a way for a fan of the show to explore the cartoon world in immersive virtual reality?
Would Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality stand on its own as a game without the Rick and Morty characters?
- Platforms: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, Windows
- Price: $49.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Adult Swim Games
- Release date: April 8, 2018
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Friendship, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Robots, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: M for Crude Humor, Fantasy Violence, Strong Language
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