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Field Research

It’s time to do some research on other projects out there with similar concepts to Maze VR.

Tea for God

Definitely the first one I have to name here. This is awesome. I was a bit set back actually because this project has some of the mechanics I am envisioning as well but the whole setting and game play and vision is radically different so I am relaxed again. Technically, it uses portals with mastery. I think it is a custom engine, at least from what I could derive from the screenshots.

I tried the Quest version and I could not make out where rooms are swapped, it’s that good. And speaking of, yes there is a Quest version 🙂 I can only recommend to try it out and hope there will be many exciting updates in the future!

For details, check out the itch.io page!

Unseen Diplomacy

Six weeks development time to create this amazing 4 minute random maze experience. Wow. It employs a room-swapping corridor method which is nicely masked by using the many doors one can open and close. The downside: it requires a HUGE play area but I just learned version 2 is in the making (now with portals). If you own a Vive and a villa or a parking lot, give it a spin and get it from Steam.

Portal

An obvious candidate. Not really what I would classify as non-euclidean geometry since the portals are ACTUAL portals, visibly showing another room and not masking the way to some how fold something into the same geometry space. But technology-wise, and of course the whole game, it’s a master-piece that I enjoyed a lot.

Antichamber

I discovered this actually late. A friend of mine made me notice and oh my, this is good. So many great concepts and ideas how to use non-euclidean geometry concepts. All embedded into a somewhat narrated story / endless tutorial. I checked multiple forums and from what I can at least read so far, unfortunately no VR version is planned. From what I can see technology-wise I think it is a mixture of portal and stencil / depth buffer usage.

Up Next

I’ll extend this page with new projects as soon as I learn about them. Have a tip? Post a comment!

2 thoughts on “Field Research

  1. Tea For God dev here 🙂

    I actually have the same thing when I run into a game that uses portals or is swapping rooms (like Unseen Diplomacy). But to be honest, I really want more games to have that. Tea For God is a roguelite. I’d like to see horrors (like Shattered Lights), narrative-driven games, adventure games and so on. And other shooters and other roguelites.

    And as for the engine – it is a custom engine. Triangular Pixels are now working on Unseen Diplomacy 2 and John did such portals in Unity. Unseen Diplomacy was swapping rooms to achieve a similar effect.

    1. Welcome 🙂 I checked out the videos and I am reading through the blog right now of the Unseen Diplomacy devs. Super interesting! Our three projects seem to share very similar challenges and thought processes. I love it! Maybe we should do a Skype (or VR Chat) introduction conference some day?

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