Many virtual reality (VR) experiences try to trick player’s brains as they attempt to convince them that they have stepped into another world. This week sees the launch of demo for a unique new VR adventure that instead lets players explore the brain itself. Russia-based indie developer Nival has launched this short experience, titled InMind VR, onto the Steam digital store on PC and Mac with support for both the first and second development kit versions (DK1 and DK2) of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD).
InMind VR is described by its developer as ‘a short adventure’ that features some ‘arcade elements’. The title is set within a patient’s brain, allowing players to look for neurons that are causing a mental disorder within the subject. They will then pacify these neurons in order to stop them from spreading wrong synapses to other neurons. The project was created to test some of the opportunities VR presents. Take note that, while there is a Linux version of the title available, it currently doesn’t feature VR support.
“The future is nigh,” the developer notes in the title’s description. “The humanity is standing upon the brink of a new era where modern healthcare makes tremendous scientific advancements. With the help of nanotechnologies a surgical prototype bathyscaphe allows its operator to shrink to a microlevel and travel inside the patient’s body. ”
InMind VR is currently available as a demo for free over on Steam. There aren’t any details on just when the experience might release in full nor if it will come to any other HMDs. VRFocus will continue to follow the title’s progress, reporting back with any further updates.