|Developer||Crows Crows Crows, Squanchtendo|
|Publisher||Crows Crows Crows|
|Genre||Adventure, Indie, VR, Comedy|
|Input Device||Tracked motion controllers|
|Game Mode||Single Player|
|Release Date||Oct 18, 2016|
Accounting is quite possibly one of those games that is titled after something it has some pretty loose relations to. After all, you won’t be playing the role of an accountant for too long; not after you’ve been pushed forth into a VR perspective, whilst you’re playing in a VR perspective. I tell you what, it’s a good thing the game doesn’t keep you playing in the office of an accountancy firm for long, because I’ve done a bit of accounting in my time, and it isn’t anywhere near as an enjoyable experience as this game was.
Now, you might be intrigued to know on how the game starts and the way it does that is by throwing you inside a small, windowless cubicle, filled with a few interactive physics objects for you to mess around with. In this room, however there is something a lot more important: the VR headset experience of “Accounting.” Yes, I know, from the way it sounds it’s got a bit of an Inception-feeling going on, as it is a game within a game. Even though the idea may seem a little farfetched, and possibly even dull; the game pulls it off quite well and separates the two experiences quite extraordinarily.
After putting on the headset inside the game, you’re transported inside a world filled with vibrant colours and environments all around you. Every single inch of this game you look at you’ll find something bright and colourful for your eyes to appreciate, even if there is some strange bloke at the beginning of it all telling you to go away in a particularly rude manner!
What makes this game so special is mostly down to the individuals who were behind it all; one of which, whom is the main voice talent for this game is behind the voices of Rick and Morty. This addition from the talented voice work of Justin Roiland brings this game, its characters, and the surrounding environment to life and while it may only be for a short time at just under an hour; the whole experience itself is more than worth your time.
The general experience you get from Accounting is one you quickly won’t forget and it is a perfect addition to anyone’s VR library, but there is just one small, niggling issue that I have and that’s not even the game’s technical fault. What I dislike the most is how short it all is. You can finish Accounting in little under an hour, and it simply isn’t long enough and just leaves you wanting more after all of it is over. Hell, you might even consider going back in for another go to see if you’ve missed anything, but even then that won’t wrack up another hour or two, which is a true shame. I can’t be the only one who believes this when I say it, “I really hope they make another one of these.” Since the developers Squanchtendo focus solely on VR games, it’s a good sign that we’ll see more and more from this studio; hopefully along the lines of something like this.
Back to the positives, with the other major one being the fact that the game is designed to be hilarious, which it manages to do flawlessly. There’s not a part of this game that isn’t filled with both charm and character and on top of this wonderful fact is that this game is completely free for anyone to play and see how it is for themselves.
Overall, Accounting may be a short experience in comparison to some of the other VR titles out there, but considering the fact that there are many games that don’t even come close to this game’s environment, writing, characters, and voice acting. It may be a short but sweet ordeal of a title, but from start to finish you’ll be recognising that this is the future of VR and it shows off just how potentially great it could become in the near future with the right care and attention. Not to mention the game is free; there’s almost no excuse to not download this game and try it out and see exactly what I mean about how enjoyable this game truly is.
Content warning: cartoon violence, gore, suicide, tax work.
Numbers. What do they mean?
The modern field of Accountancy is a serious and honorable profession. Many human beings have spent their lives toiling over the hard science of numbers. Thousands have died so that we may get to the level of understanding that we have today. Thousands have died. However, as Accountants and Numbersmiths embraced the abacus and the calculator, today we must embrace the latest technological advancement.
In early 2016, three highly qualified Accountants came together to see what potential economic savings and visualisations could be achieved with The HTC Vive. These Accountants were quickly and discreetly discarded to be replaced by award-winning game studio Crows Crows Crows and the newly announced VR studio Squanchtendo, to create the ultimate electronic number-crunching program.
Let’s get one thing straight: Accountancy is a mature profession and is not for children.
- OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 or later, Windows 10
- Processor: CPU: Intel i5-4590 equivalent or better
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970, AMD Radeon R9 290 equivalent or better
- Storage: 1 GB available space
This VR game requires a play area of at least 2m x 1.5m.