Earlier this year, developer KO_OP released unusual virtual reality (VR) puzzle title GNOG on PlayStation VR. After the release of Apple’s ARKit, the developer announced that the title would be getting a port to augmented reality (AR). The AR iOS version is out now.
GNOG is inspired by the colourful miniature toys of the 1990s, such as Polly Pocket and Mighty Max. The videogame is divided into various different puzzles, which are represented by blocky monster heads, each of which contains its own unique diorama. Players need to manipulate the puzzle heads in various ways, pushing, poking, moving and sliding things to solve the puzzle and animate the diorama scene.
The iOS version appears to be quite similar to the PlayStation VR, though with controls that have been modified for use with touchscreen controls. Users can play GNOG iOS on an iPhone or iPad screen, or can activate the optional AR mode to transform a flat surface such as a table top into a virtual toy box, letting players interact with the monster puzzle heads in a new way. The iOS version also contains other new features such as iMessage stickers featuring animated GNOG themes.
KO_OP also announced that the planned Steam version of GNOG was delayed. This version was announced back in October, 2017 and was originally planned for release in November, 2017 and would be compatible with HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and OSVR. The developers say the delay is due to the development team add more new VR features and new controls. KO_OP now anticipate a January 2018 release date.
The VRFocus review for the PlayStation VR version said: “GNOG is an excellent title and well worth anyone’s time. It takes excellent advantage of the PlayStation VR functionality to produce something beautiful and striking, both visually and aurally.”
VRFocus will bring you further news on GNOG as it becomes available.