If you haven't tried this yet, FORM is one of the few VR Experiences that gives us a true glimpse of what we can achieve when we go beyond skeuomorphism. Most technological experiences (even outside of VR) try to ease people in to the new tech by making things feel familiar; through real-world-object representation. Such as when home computers launched with a Word Processor, or when Smart Phones first launched as Mobile Phones with Email and a Web Browser. Other examples include the Smart Watch, and of course, just about everything we've been doing in this stage of VR (swinging swords, shooting guns, flying planes, driving vehicles).
FORM does start off very familiar. You're just some bloke in a Lab. But don't let that fool you. Things take quite the turn, and the way the experience forces you to think and interact throughout much of the journey is beyond anything I've done up to this point. If anyone can find another experience - VR or otherwise - then please let me know.
The best way I would describe FORM is this: It's like having your mind sent inside Lemarchand's box (The epic Puzzle Box from the Hellraiser series):
FORM is an experience full of both Sights and Sounds that are quite mesmerizing. It's the type of environment that makes you want to stay in it; to the point that whatever goal you're trying to achieve doesn't matter as much as the fact that everything you do can impact your entire surroundings. The puzzles are challenging, and there is no hand-holding nor standard hint system. The environment drops subtle clues that you must hone in on yourself, which makes solving some of the most difficult puzzles feel like a truly great sense of accomplishment.
Standing in some of those scenes feels rather out-of-this world,
The method for interacting with objects continues to evolve throughout the game. There are games that really make you cherish your Oculus Touch controllers, such as Robo Recall, The Unspoken, and Lone Echo. There are those games that turn your Touch controllers in to just another gamepad, such as Battle Zone and SkyrimVR. FORM is one of those titles that reminds you what we can accomplish when we take full advantage of the Oculus Touch. It also makes me wonder how much further we'll be able to go with VR Gloves in the future. And normally I don't care much for these physical implementations of VR since I would rather engage in all VR interactions using just my Mind. However, until the tech can read our thoughts, this is definitely showcasing VR's ability to make our hands "majestic." (big word, sorry for the hyperbole)
I bought this for under $10 during the Oculus Summer sale, And even though the experience can be completed in under 2 hours, I would gladly have paid $20 for it.
So what type of game is this really? This is a puzzler that is less "Myst" and more "Esper." If you're a fan of the Esper series, or anything where you're dealing with puzzle blocks as opposed to walking around like some sort of Private Investigator, then you're going to be overjoyed with FORM.
Although, even if you hate puzzlers, this experience will probably give you a new appreciation for the genre.
This is something that all Touch owners should experience at least once. Cheers!