Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin
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|Double Fine Productions
|8/10, based on 1 review
|8.7/10 - 3 votes
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|Puzzle Games, VR Games, Quest Games
When the action platformer Psychonauts released in 2005, it became an instant classic with a cult following. Thanks to its unique mechanics and the humorous writing of Tim Schafer, the game garnered a lot of praise and fans have been clamouring for a sequel ever since. If you’ve been itching to dive into the Psychonauts world, can’t wait for Psychonauts 2 and have a VR headset, then Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin can tide you over.
Here’s everything you need to know about Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin:
All VR No Platforming
Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin has most of what you want from a Psychonauts game, minus the platforming elements. You once again step into the shoes of Raz, now a fully-fledged Psychonaut. Through his eyes, you’ll once again immerse yourself in the world of Psychonauts and attempt to explore a part of the sea known as the Rhombus of Ruin.
All of your favourite characters will be there, including Lili, Sasha, Milla and Coach Oleander. Instead of platforming, though, you’ll get to use your psychic powers in an experience similar to a point-and-click adventure. VR controls and head tracking allow you to use your powers in an immersive way and they’re some of the best in the VR space to date.
Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin trades its psychic combat systems for Puzzle solving but don’t let that put you off. Each puzzle is a unique challenge that will have you making use of the full arsenal of Raz’s powers. You’ll explore the mysterious and highly dangerous Rhombus of Ruin while using your psychic capabilities to rescue your fellow Psychonauts before its madness consumes them and Raz.
Short But Sweet
It is immediately obvious that Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin was made with fans in mind. If you haven’t played the original game (which you should!), you’ll not find much to keep you going in its roughly 3-4 hours of playtime. For fans of the franchise, however, there’s a lot to get out of Rhombus of Ruin, including learning more about certain characters and exploring more aspects of the world of Psychonauts before the sequel releases.
The Bottom Line
Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin is a different take on the Psychonauts universe. It’s a VR-only experience that is short and will likely only appeal to fans of the original game.
Despite having a spin-off feel, though, it has some of the best controls in the virtual reality space and uses clever techniques to reinforce the idea that you are using psychic powers.
- Solid VR-style controls
- A true Psychonauts game that continues the story of the original game
- Written by Tim Schafer, jokes and all
- Won’t appeal much to players who don’t know much about Psychonauts
- It’s quite short at 3-4 hours of total play time