With so many horror and exploration-based virtual reality (VR) titles in development right now, it can prove refreshing to see an entirely original videogame pledge support to the technology. This week sees one such title, indie developer Namazu Studios’ Nebulous, launch a Steam Greenlight campaign, hoping to secure enough positive votes to secure a spot on Valve’s digital PC store come full release in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Featuring full support for the Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display (HMD), Nebulous is a physics-based puzzle title in which players attempt to guide an astronaut through maze-like levels. This is done by arranging various objects throughout the level and then ‘dropping’ the astronaut in hopes that he falls and bounces in the right directions to reach a wormhole leading to the next puzzle.
Players can use the Oculus Rift itself to look around the level and interact with the objects, allowing for hands-free control of the entire title. That said, it can also be played without the HMD, using a mouse. The developer also promises ‘at least’ forty different levels, a range of objects from trampolines to conveyor belts and fully voiced dialogue as the astronaut amusingly registers his worry.
VRFocus will continue to follow Nebulous going forward, reporting back with any further updates on the title’s progress.