Review: Interkosmos (VR)

You start off the game in a space shuttle, with a lengthy tutorial that will teach you what every single button and switch does. You might feel overwhelmed at first, but you will learn it as time goes on. And when you do, it will feel very satisfying. Hearing “your oxygen is low” and then your hand automatically snaps to the right lever to let in some oxygen, while at the same time depressurizing the cabin so you don’t die is a very cool feeling.

The graphics look great, by the way. It’s very immersive. Especially since you’re an astronaut, so you’ve got a big bulky helmet on. It perfectly excuses the feeling you have from wearing the VR headset.

The story is one of the best parts of the game. Because of that, I will not spoil anything. I will just tell you that it unravels slowly, and you learn new information as time goes on. Sometimes it will make you laugh, sometimes it will put you on edge. You can make small choices that impact the game slightly, but the gameplay will not really change much.

One thing that bothered me was, your hands aren’t positioned correctly. They are rotated 90 degrees the wrong way, and are too far away from you. It’s hard to explain, but you’ll feel that disconnect when you are actually in VR. It wasn’t too bad, and you get used to it after a while, but there were a few times where I struggled to press something because my fingers weren’t where I expected them to be. Hopefully it’s something the devs can easily fix in the future.

For 4.99$ Interkosmos delivers a lot for space junkies, and/or button nerds. I truly felt like I was in charge of my destiny in this tin can. I had some difficulty with my virtual hands switching on or off certain buttons/covers which made things more tense but a bit frustrating. Hopefully we will see some control tweaks.

I wish I had seen some ingame death sequences which would have added much more replayability other than a simple text explanation as to what I did wrong. I do wish this experience is expanded and polished up as it’s fun and addictive.

It’s quite a short experience, but man it’s such a good one. I beat it in about 1 hour, and although it doesn’t have much replay value, I would definitely recommend people try it out. I think it’s best to not know much about the story and just dive in. Recommended!

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