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PleXus (Review)

ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 16,773 Valuable Player
edited October 12 in Games and Apps
I recently bought and completed the VR Puzzler, Plexus on my Rift CV1.


I was drawn to it due some high-praise reviews it had received on the Oculus Store. And as some of you may know by now, I'm a huge fan of puzzle games (Myth addict). So this seemed like a no-brainer purchase for me.

I have to say.. in order for me to "not" like a puzzle game, it has to get a lot wrong. I don't want to bad mouth PleXus too much, since it does have some charm and appeal. However, I really felt disappointed as I progressed through the game.

There were a few "puzzle sins" that this title commits:

1) Small loose objects that are essential to puzzle completion; these are too easy to drop/lose.
2) Excessive dialogue to tell the story, instead of having the puzzles tell the story.
3) Overly short timeframes and short gameplay, with guided paths.
4) Using manual labor puzzles to compensate for a lack of "critical thinking" puzzles.


I was able to complete this in a single sitting. The first puzzle held so much promise. Everything was impressively unique, and seemed to take full advantage of VR in its implementation. I especially loved how I was able to watch "real world video" from inside a Virtual Constructed world.




Unfortunately, things quickly started to decline. The next puzzle was difficult only because an essential piece (a small coin) had fallen, and I wasn't aware. I spent a lot of time trying to figure things out until I realized that there must be something missing. Once I saw the dropped object, the puzzle was done without requiring any real thinking.

Note that there are really on 3 Chapters to this game, and the chapters are very short.

As you move from one puzzle to the next, there is a lot of dialogue spoken to you. It gets fairly redundant as it preaches the entire concept of death/rebirth and the Universe. The puzzles themselves don't speak to this narrative at all. You are essentially completing puzzles just for the sake of puzzling. And few require much mental fortitude, as most involve simply moving objects around in very easy ways.




In all sincerity, I've faced connect-the-dot sheets that were more challenging.





The only thing that makes the puzzles challenging, is that the Touch controller functionality isn't implemented very well. It was hard to grab things and manipulate objects properly. At one point I was trying to spin a wheel as part of a puzzle. I knew the solution right away, but it took me forever because the controllers kept losing the object for no apparent reason. Most of my time was spent trying to figure out how the Software wanted to register a grip and move.


The final puzzle was probably the most disappointing. There are a bunch of small Planets on moving pedestals. The idea is to move the planets for one location to another. But you don't have to really think about where they should go. It's as if the dev's knew that their puzzles were not very sophisticated, because anytime you are solving a puzzle and move an object to the proper location, the object "snaps" in to place automatically. So in the final puzzle, I just grabbed a planet and walked around randomly until it snapped in to place on its own. Which means... the final puzzle solves itself! lol


On the plus side, many of the scenes are very beautiful, and the environments are unique. 




Granted, while most environments are quite beautiful, there were a few areas that felt half-finished, in that Early Access sorta way.

Overall, if you are a fan of puzzlers, I would wait until this game is drastically discounted. If you want to try a similar experience to PleXus, only with a more polished feel, I would recommend the following instead:

FORM



Both are similar in nature, but far more sophisticated.

I really wanted to like PleXus, and I do not plan to refund it. But in its current state, I would have to give it a 4 out of 10 stars at best.
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Comments

  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 6,863 Valuable Player
    I do suspect foul play with the ratings - there were 49 ratings and a perfect 5/5 average rating a few days ago - but now there're only 18. Seems Oculus deleted some ratings. Not a good move by devs if true - although easy to understand their motivation as it's tough to get much attention in PCVR these days, sadly. 
    Intel i7 7700K (4.5 GHz); MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Gaming X (oc 2100 MHz gpu boost, 11 GHz mem speed); 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 MHz; MSI Z270I Gaming Pro Carbon AC (VR-Ready) mainboard; Samsung 960 Evo M.2 SSD + Toshiba P300 HD; Windows 10 OS; Valve Index and Oculus Rift CV1 - the latter nearly always using super sampling 2.0. 

    "Ask not what VR can do for you – ask what you can do for VR"
  • ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 16,773 Valuable Player
    Maybe I should have issued a refund then. I don't like to do that when I complete a game. But I do not want to support such tactics. At the very least, this review thread will help warn future buyers.
    Are you a fan of the Myst games? Check out my Mod at http://www.mystrock.com/
    Catch me on Twitter: twitter.com/zenbane
  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 6,863 Valuable Player
    Zenbane said:
    Maybe I should have issued a refund then. I don't like to do that when I complete a game. But I do not want to support such tactics. At the very least, this review thread will help warn future buyers.

    When ratings were 49 and a perfect 5.0 I could no longer resist, but had to try the game. I was getting ready to include the game in the list of killer games and apps.
    I fully agree with your review, although some parts were nice, and performance using ss 2.0 was great, this game had problems with the controllers and it just felt ... dated. A mediocre game at best in its current condition. 
    I refunded the game, but did not leave a review in the store, may I should have... 

    Number of ratings has just been decreased further from 18 to 15.
    Intel i7 7700K (4.5 GHz); MSI GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Gaming X (oc 2100 MHz gpu boost, 11 GHz mem speed); 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 3200 MHz; MSI Z270I Gaming Pro Carbon AC (VR-Ready) mainboard; Samsung 960 Evo M.2 SSD + Toshiba P300 HD; Windows 10 OS; Valve Index and Oculus Rift CV1 - the latter nearly always using super sampling 2.0. 

    "Ask not what VR can do for you – ask what you can do for VR"
  • Digikid1Digikid1 Posts: 2,480 Valuable Player
    I laughed so hard at the Space Shuttle CTD pic.  Nice!!!!
  • Nekto2Nekto2 Posts: 363
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    @Zenbane said:
    I have to say.. in order for me to "not" like a puzzle game, it has to get a lot wrong.
    How about Proze? Have you completed it? Has it wrong or ok puzzles in?
    It is not very popular to US people unlike redmatter. Do not know why? It is same soviet setting.

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