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12 Days of VR Gaming – Day 7: Private Eye

The holiday season is upon us and many of VRFocus‘ readers will be eager to spend much of their time travelling to worlds beyond their own daily grind. To that end, over the next 12 days VRFocus will be bringing some top picks of the virtual reality (VR) scene that you can download and play right now on either the Oculus Rift development kits or the Gear VR.

Plenty of new virtual reality (VR) videogames have been released in 2014, but one that’s always been stuck in VRFocus‘ mind right the way through the year is Private Eye. It’s been something of a strange journey for the project so far, with a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign having been promised as ‘coming soon’ for a long time now. But the recent release of a new development build demo suggest that fans will see something progress made for this promising experience in 2015.

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This is a title that embraces the technology in every respect. Players are cast as Sam Humphries, a private detective that is suffering from memory loss after a tragic accident that has left him wheelchair-bound. Humphries tries to piece his life back together by investigating a series of murders. Players will find themselves in Humphries apartment, overlooking the lives of others in a block of flats across the street. The developer describes the title as something of an evolution for the point-and-click genre.

“By evolving the point-and-click genre for VR, Private Eye places visual exploration at the forefront, using environmental storytelling and character interaction to deliver a filmic narrative,” the developer notes. “Described as ‘Rear Window’ meets “Memento’, we wanted to combine the suspense and atmosphere of modern day psychological thrillers with the noir aesthetic fitting to the 1950’s era. We’ve used VR to transport you from that feeling of playing a game to a real sense of playing the lead, sucking you into the mysterious mind of a detective. You’ll find yourself searching for clues, peering through windows, grasping at memories.”

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That development build can currently be found on Private Eye‘s own website and must be played using the Oculus Rift DK1 or DK2. It marks the seventh entry into VRFocus‘ 12 Days of VR Gaming. Make sure to keep coming back to find out the rest of the picks!