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Rick And Morty Simulator: Virtual Rick-Ality – PAX West 2016

Rick And Morty Simulator: Virtual Rick-Ality – PAX West 2016
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The world of gaming is changing and VR is hotter than ever. Companies are doing what they can to put out a product on the VR market. VR has not been my thing and might not ever be in the current state, until now. I have experienced the single most exciting thing to come to VR, Rick and Morty Simulator Virtual Rick-Ality. Now maybe I am a bit more obsessed over the show more than others, but when I say that I have never enjoyed VR more than I did in my 5 minutes of playtime, I mean it.

At the start of the game I found myself to be a failed clone of Rick that can only be tasked with simple chores. I am stuck to the confines of the garage for the demo. I get insulted by Rick as both he and Morty give me simple instructions to put clothes in the washer. Using the Vive I hold in the triggers to grab objects and complete this simple task. Completing the task I end up dying and get transported to a black room with a telephone in front of me already ringing. I pick up the phone and I am instructed that I have died. If I hit the red button in front of me I would be brought back to life. When I press the button I find myself back in the corner of the garage where I was standing before. Rick makes a few more insults about bringing me back to life before telling me that he and Morty are taking off for a bit and not to ruin anything. When they leave I am allowed to explore and touch all the things inside of Rick’s lab. Using the track pads I can transport myself around the garage without the need to walk. Soon as they leave I start to have my fun.

Rick garage

Wasting no time, I teleport over to Rick’s workbench and start drinking all of his alcohol. Grabbing the bottles and holding them up to my mouth before chucking them across the room. Next I spot a mysterious box with a shiny button on top too tempting not to press. Pressing the button opens the box to reveal an orb of mystery so I throw that too. When the orb makes contact with the floor it transforms into a Mr Meeseeks! But this isn’t just any old Mr. Meeseeks, but this one mimics my hand movements. I am told that I will be using these guys to help me complete quests. Once I have my fun I pick up the laser gun on the table and start shooting all over the room and outside into the streets. Nothing is out there, but I didn’t want to destroy anything in the lab before I had the chance to touch it first. Mid-firing I drop the gun as I see the single greatest object in the garage, a plumbus! I grab it with both hands as I shake and flop it all around, finally holding it above my head like Simba from The Lion King. I have achieved true video game greatness as I now wield a mighty plumbus.

My excitement is short lived as I notice the sky change colors and armageddon is slowly taking over outside. Rick and Morty come back from their adventure to tell me that we need to escape quickly and to go to the other side of the room to pull a lever so we can all get out. Pulling the lever opens up a portal to escape, but I can’t leave just yet because there’s a whole wall full of random objects that I haven’t gotten to play with. All of these objects are all important, for science. I make a mad dash and start ripping objects off the shelves and tossing them through the portal to play with on the other side before stepping through.

Passing through I see Rick and Morty off to the side where Rick is excited to tell me that everything I just did was a simulation. That he was coming up with his own VR and a small intro to everything I just experienced. This entire experience left me wanting more, to the point where I considered turning my spare bedroom into a room for the Vive. I am going to be dialed in on this project as it continues to get made. Right now there aren’t many details as the game was just recently announced, but for Vive owners, Rick and Morty fanatics, or both – you’re going to want to pay close attention to Adult Swim Games.