Last month VRFocus reported on indie developer Metanaut revealing that it was working on an Oculus Quest version of its virtual reality (VR) puzzle experience Gadgeteer. Today, the studio has announced that the launch isn’t too far away, in fact, it’s taking place in just over a week’s time.
Gadgeteer is all about building Rube Goldberg style chain reaction machines in two distinct modes, a story mode and a sandbox mode. The former is great for those new to Gadgeteer, helping teach you about the intricacies of the various building materials and the tools for building these impressive machines. It’s a 60 level puzzle campaign entirely set within a single apartment of a brilliant but mad scientist who has gone missing along with her daughter.
While the campaign is restricted to set challenges the sandbox mode lets you experiment to your heart’s content. Still set in the same location, now you have complete freedom to explore all the various creative options available, with Create, Edit and Destroy tool heads and over 50 items to build the machines.
Even with the Oculus Quest launch, Metanaut has stated Gadgeteer will still be updated with new elements. Future additions will include new tool heads, new gadgets to build with, revised levels to make them more challenging and possibly the most interesting, online sharing. As a solitary single-player experience being able to share your carefully crafted creations with the outside world as well as seeing others should help to create a thriving community of builders.
The studio has endeavoured to make sure Gadgeteer can be played by almost everyone, adding an impressive amount of language support for an indie VR title which includes: French, Danish, Japanese, German, Chinese (Simplified/Traditional), Korean, Spanish and Russian.
VRFocus previewed the initial Early Access version of Gadgeteer, stating that: “This isn’t a videogame for those who don’t have the patience and time. It’s for those that do. And if that sounds like you then Gadgeteer is well worth a look. Plus, Gadgeteer could be on track to be one of the best VR puzzle titles in 2019.”