Truth be told, a VR game by the name of The Rabbit Hole doesn’t necessarily sound all that attractive. Although it only costs $4.99 for PlayStation VR owners, there have been a fair few cheaper games which were absolute garbage. The Rabbit Hole offers a mix of puzzles and collecting clues. While it does this pretty well, the overall game is less than impressive when looking at the bigger picture.
The Rabbit Hole has Good and Horrible Elements
For a puzzling game supporting both Dualshock 4 and PlayStation Move controllers, The Rabbit Hole gets that thing right for the most part. The controls in this game are easy, fluid, and never gets frustrating. On the other hand, the “hands” you see on your VR headset are never used to interact with anything. Instead, they only highlight items, which is pretty unusual. Then again, it doesn’t break the overall game experience, so it’s not hard to deal with whatsoever.
Unfortunately, the movement controls are absolutely atrocious. Regardless of which option you chose, the movement in this game just doesn’t seem to work properly. Teleporting to fixed points relies on waypoints, which may or may not show up. Activating a waypoint is also a trial-and-error activity, which is simply not acceptable. Moving around freely around the room is also possible, but the invisible barriers will make you question your own sanity after a while. Neither of these options works comfortably and they both feel utterly broken, which is downright annoying.
On the visual front, The Rabbit Hole is also not what we would expect. Considering there is only one room throughout which you solve puzzles, it feels as if the developers put virtually no effort into this aspect. Be prepared to turn up the brightness to the maximum, even though it still doesn’t seem to make things more clear whatsoever. Thankfully, the sound is of far better quality, as it sounds pretty solid overall. A very mixed bag in the end, just like the rest of non-puzzling aspects of this game, unfortunately.
Thankfully, the puzzles themselves offer a great experience. They are not necessarily difficult, although some will give you a good run for your money. It is good to see puzzle games with a genuine challenge, and The Rabbit Hole checks the right boxes in this regard. For the price of $5, you get exactly what you pay for: great puzzles, decent music, bad graphics, and horrible movement controls. Still, it is worth the money, if you like the puzzling aspect at all.
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