Last year, independent developers RiseAngle launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund a virtual reality (VR) adventure with the aim of creating a story-driven, episodic VR title. That videogame, titles Saving Princess Maya, is now available for Samsung Gear VR.
The developers say that Saving Princess Maya episode 1 is just the start of their ambitions for immersive videogames in VR and augmented reality (AR). The company have just released the title for Samsung Gear VR on to the Oculus Store, and are planning to port the title to other platforms such as Google Daydream, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
Saving Princess Maya currently features roughly five hours of gameplay which features an in-depth storyline, various NPCs with their own background and assorted puzzles to solve in order to progress. The basic premise is that Princess Maya has been kidnapped, and the loyal servant of the Princess, Gelayon is on a quest to recue her. To do so, he must navigate the twisting paths of the Dark Mazes.
The plot takes some turns as it is revealed that your actions are part of a greater prophecy that will determine the outcome for the residents of the land around you. Each area that players advance through has its own environment and style, each of which is populated by NPCs and littered with various items that need to be collected and combined in order to progress further.
According to the developers: “RiseAngle, Inc. is committed to creating fun VR games with engaging stories that connect with players on a deep emotional level. Empathy and compassion are sadly lacking from many games of today. RiseAngle is dedicated to creating games with a purpose and the VR medium is uniquely suited for accomplishing that.”