Observatory: A VR Variety Pack

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Observatory: A VR Variety Pack
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Information
VR/AR VR
Developer 2DArray
Publisher 2DArray
Platform SteamVR, Oculus Rift (Platform)
Device HTC Vive, Oculus Rift CV1
Operating System Windows, Mac
Type Full Game
Genre Adventure, Indie, Racing, Early Access, Early Access, VR, Driving, First-Person, Replay Value, Procedural Generation, Flight
Input Device Tracked motion controllers, Gamepad, Keyboard / Mouse
Play Area Seated
Game Mode Single Player
Language English
Review Positive
Release Date May 12, 2016
Price $9.99
App Store Steam
Website http://www.ObservatoryVR.com
Infobox Updated 09/15/2016
Observatory: A VR Variety Pack is a VR App.

Description

Observatory is a four-pack of VR content for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and potentially other headsets later on. It includes three games and a music video - but we're halfway through a (hopefully) two-year development cycle, so all of the items in the pack are in different stages of development. Two have been cleaned up to be suitable for launch, and these are accessible by default ("Phantasmagoria" and "Hamster Slide"). The other two are only available if you're curious enough to opt in, as they are significantly less developed. These will be added to the default branch over time. (More info above, in the Early Access section)

Our overall intent is to test out some different in-game uses of VR headsets by making small-but-still-substantial experiences with as much variation between them as we can:

  • A musical trip through space
  • A procedurally generated downhill racer
  • A microscopic spacejet-horror game
  • An animal-based island puzzler



Status: Complete

Vertigo: Medium

"Phantasmagoria" is a song by Icky Blossoms from their latest album Mask (Saddle Creek Records). We made the official music video by taking a description of a trippy space-traveling sequence that the band wrote and approximating it into a realtime cutscene. A 360-panorama version of Phantasmagoria will also be available for free, but we earnestly recommend the real-time version if you have a headset. The free demo for Observatory contains the music video in full!

"Trust me, it's worth the journey." -

"The bold, creative revelations of MTV's yesteryear are clearly being reborn in VR by folks like 2DArray. Amazing work!" -

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Status: Beta

Vertigo: Spicy

"Hamster Slide" is a downhill racing game where you generally try to spend as much time as possible in the air. A combination of in-air boosting and gliding lets you skip huge sections of tracks (like on a certain road that is also a rainbow) - as long as you can still hit all of the checkpoints. A new track is procedurally generated every day, and today's race always has live high scores with automatic replay sharing - so even though it's not live multiplayer, you can still see other real players racing by.

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Status: Prototype

Vertigo: Medium

"Antibody" is a spooky spacejet-style game about microscopic submarines acting as medicine. At the beginning of each round, the player acts as a scout by quietly sneaking around an infected area and identifying as many threats as possible. When the reinforcements arrive, the player is given more friendlies if they spotted more targets - and everyone gets into an asymmetrical dogfight.

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Status: Prototype

Vertigo: Mild

"The Island" is a puzzle game (you guessed it - on an island) that's focused on interactions with strange physics-based animals. It has two primary goals: First, to be a short-but-satisfying sequence of puzzles, and second, to be a pleasant setting for relaxation and sandboxing.

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We haven't designed the currently-available games for motion controllers, because our main focus has been on on the headset itself. Over time, we will be adding support for motion controllers for certain parts of the pack, but we'll be avoiding motion input in places where it isn't adding something special. Specifically, The Island stands out as having great potential for motion controls, because it focuses on close-up interactions. The other games will support the wand controllers for convenience, but most likely won't depend on motion input for gameplay.

So far, we've been designing the games to work with a standard gamepad, but if you somehow have a headset and not a controller, the keyboard and mouse will also work. Everything in the pack will also work on a normal screen.

Features

System Requirements

Windows

Minimum

  • OS: Windows XP SP2 or later
  • Processor: Intel i5-4200M (or equivalent)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Geforce GT 730M (or equivalent)
  • Storage: 1500 MB available space

Recommended

  • OS: Windows 7
  • Processor: Intel i5-4590 (or equivalent)
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Geforce GTX 970 (or equivalent)
  • Storage: 1500 MB available space

Mac OS X

Minimum

  • OS: Windows XP SP2 or later
  • Processor: Intel i5-4200M (or equivalent)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Geforce GT 730M (or equivalent)
  • Storage: 1500 MB available space

Recommended

  • OS: Windows 7
  • Processor: Intel i5-4590 (or equivalent)
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Geforce GTX 970 (or equivalent)
  • Storage: 1500 MB available space

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