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Chiaro and the Elixir of Life - reviews and impressions

RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 1,437
Project 2501
edited September 2018 in Games and Apps
This game looks interesting, it's also available on Steam (Rift + Vive + MR):















Reviews are positive on Steam, and it's nearly a perfect 5/5 (average) in the Oculus Store, but it's based on only 8 ratings - and the price is $30. 

https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/1728179110583222/

Furthermore RoadToVR did their very best (again) to kill the game in their review - verdict 5/10:

https://www.roadtovr.com/chiaro-elixir-life-review-thin-slice-ghibli-side-order-corn/

SUMMARY
'Chiaro and the Elixir of Life' tries to recreate some of the whimsical feeling of a Studio Ghibli film, but fails to deliver the gravitas that made the latter so balanced and effectual. Hobbled by inconsistent object interaction and at times a corny script, its varied and inventive puzzles offer glimmers of a greatness that just don't shine through brightly enough. 
Gameplay: 5 | Immersion: 4 | Comfort: 7

Well, maybe 5/10 from RoadToVR is a sign of great quality, hmmmm - other 5/10 games by RoadToVR include: Marvel Powers United and Detached  ;)  

Has anyone tried Chiaro and the Elixir of Life ? 

PS. Right now there's no free locomotion, but teleportation - according to the devs, free locomation will be ready in a few days:

"Smooth locomotion is on our roadmap but we were unable to finish an acceptable solution for launch. We expect to have this feature ready in ~1 week. :D"
Source: https://steamcommunity.com/app/551440/discussions/0/1742220359683446277/
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Comments

  • cyberealitycybereality Posts: 26,156 Oculus Staff
    Nice art direction.
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  • MowTinMowTin Posts: 1,146
    Wintermute
    Wow, this looks cool. I'll wait for the smooth locomotion patch.
  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 1,437
    Project 2501
    MowTin said:
    Wow, this looks cool. I'll wait for the smooth locomotion patch.

    Awesome - then I'll wait for you to try the game first and your elaborate review ;-)
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  • martovmartov Posts: 1 Oculus Start Member
    edited September 2018
    This is my team's game, if you'd like to discuss it / check when smooth locomotion is up (we've got someone on it full time) we're on discord at https://discord.gg/CycNsGN . We've fixed the bugs mentioned in that article. Regarding the general tone, most people who play the game seem to really love it. None of the reviews are plants (almost half are in foreign languages). 

    Thanks for your interest in Chiaro and The Elixir of Life, and if you have any more questions, feel free to ask, either here or on our discord.

    Martin
  • CrashFuCrashFu Posts: 1,417
    Project 2501
    I'm really looking forward to experiencing this one myself; You make a game this quirky and imaginative, you can expect me to be there. :grin:

    (Might take me a little while to get to it, though. I've got quite a backlog at the moment. :sweat:  )
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  • MorgrumMorgrum Posts: 1,402
    Project 2501
    Amen Crash such a backlog myself.
    WAAAGH!
  • nroskonrosko Posts: 952
    Neo
    martov said:
    This is my team's game, if you'd like to discuss it / check when smooth locomotion is up (we've got someone on it full time) we're on discord at https://discord.gg/CycNsGN . We've fixed the bugs mentioned in that article. Regarding the general tone, most people who play the game seem to really love it. None of the reviews are plants (almost half are in foreign languages). 

    Thanks for your interest in Chiaro and The Elixir of Life, and if you have any more questions, feel free to ask, either here or on our discord.

    Martin
    I'm waiting for smooth loco to be added before i pick this up. 
  • LuluViBritanniaLuluViBritannia Posts: 427
    Trinity
    edited September 2018
    The graphics are wonderful! But maybe they shouldn't have tried to compare themselves to Ghibli ^^'.
    Do we know how long it takes to complete the game? At this point I expect at least 7 hours for a 30$ game...
    Current VR results imo:
    - Great small apps. Great ports of bigger games.
    - Great VR-specific features. Not enough showcased!!!
    - Too many actors in the industry, the market is totally broken.


    My hopes for VR next gen:

    - Better ratio between visual quality and power needs. No more godrays and less SDE.
    - Full Body Tracking.


    "If you don't mind, do you want me to take you there? Where dreams come true."
  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 1,437
    Project 2501
    It seems this game just froze in time in the Oculus Store, 11 days after I wrote the first post in this thread there're still only 8 ratings. 

    It seems that a full locomotion patch has been released - but only on Steam, where you need to install a beta-patch, more here:

    Smooth Locomotion now available *IN BETA!*

    22 SEPTEMBER - CHIARO_DEV
    We're happy to announce we have pushed a big SMOOTH LOCOMOTION update to Chiaro that is accessible via a beta branch. We would love feedback on this feature from Vive, Oculus, and Windows MR players before we push it to the main game branch. steamhappy

    To access Smooth Locomotion: in your Steam library you'll want to right click Chiaro and the Elixir of Life and go to Properties. Navigate to the BETAS tab and enter the code 'smoothlocomotion' to unlock the beta. Then in the drop down menu just above where you entered that code ('select the beta you would like to opt into'), select 'beta'

    You will have access to smooth locomotion and several comfort options via Chiaro's journal, the control page!

    Additionally, in this beta you will find that we have opened up some of the exterior environments and removed some of the aggressive invisible wall blocking to give you more freedom to relax and explore the world of Neverain whereever your curiosity leads you. We hope you enjoy this added sense of freedom!

    Please post feedback here or visit us in Discord to chat with us about the feature, we are really eager to bring players worldwide the best possible version of smooth locomotion! Chiaro Discord[discord.gg]

    Current known issues with smooth locomotion:

    -Tunnel vision is only enabled for Oculus at the moment but will be available on all HMDs early next week.

    -Smooth Locomotion cannot be enabled in the dark room where you grab the journal when you begin the game -- you have to wait until you load into a chapter (or if youre beginning the game, until you progress past the opening video)

    -In Chapter 6, the plant trap sequence has not been properly treated to account for falling off ledges, so if you fall off, you will land at the bottom instead of dying, and might have some issues getting back up -- be careful here!

    -Chapters 9, 10 and 11 have not been fixed for smooth locomotion, so falling off of the map in these chapters is still possible. Proceed at your own risk! :)

    -There are many objects throughout the game that by default, characters can step up on. We tried searching for as many as we can, but the game is reasonably large, so we may have missed some. If you find any of these, please report and we will fix them immediately!

    -You might have issues in some areas walking through doorways (Chapter 9 is a potential culprit). Would love to know where these areas are if you find them!

    -Toggling crouch while in an elevator can lead to you falling through the elevator. Crouch in an elevator at your own risk :)

    Source: https://steamcommunity.com/games/551440/announcements/detail/1689303628542405322
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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 1,437
    Project 2501
    One month later there's just 9 instead of 8 reviews indicating this title isn't selling, unfortunately, maybe $30 is too much... Free locomotion has been added (beta) and this 2 min review was published a few days ago:



    There're 12 reviews on Steam - all positive (like in the Oculus Store):

    https://store.steampowered.com/app/551440/Chiaro_and_the_Elixir_of_Life/

    My backlog is too long, still haven't played Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin for more than 15 minutes, sigh. 
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  • nroskonrosko Posts: 952
    Neo
    Still waiting for the proper locomotion b4 i buy it.  
  • CrashFuCrashFu Posts: 1,417
    Project 2501
    edited October 2018
    Just a head's up for anyone who was waiting on the fence:  The game is on sale for 22.49 until Nov 1st!

    I wasn't necessarily waiting for a sale, but when I saw this I bought it immediately!  (It helps that I had an inexplicable $10 store credit on hand. Really no clue where I even got it, but I'm not complaining lol)

    Conveniently, this also happens to be my day off, so I'll be sure to play some after lunch. :smiley:

    P.S.   In case you missed it, free-locomotion is an available option in the game now.

    Update:  I played up to the beginning of Chapter 4;  I love how much interactivity there is!  Sometimes things get a little buggy in terms of physics / player positioning  (at one point I somehow managed to launch myself in an arc a hundred feet into the air and into a lake, but I rather enjoyed the trip, lmao.  I also noticed it was possible to just lean through a certain locked door and teleport onto the other side, but I turned back without checking to see if I could actually skip ahead in terms of chapter progression that way), and it's a little weird how the music will just cut out for long stretches, but otherwise I'm enjoying the adventure so far!


    The next nerd to cry about "the resolution" of top-of-the-line VR devices will be permanently banned from using ALL standard-definition media.  And yes, that includes all pre-Switch Nintendo games. Especially Melee.
  • Doum76Doum76 Posts: 80
    Hiro Protagonist
    Just bought the game last night, got a stupid question, but, anways to adjust height if i wanna play sitting, when i load while sit, i simply stand like i'm on my knees, imaging when i crouch in game :)
  • nroskonrosko Posts: 952
    Neo
    Is free loco out of beta yet?
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