Tuesday, 16 May 2017 10:27

REVIEW: Symphony of the Machine (Playstation VR)

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Dust off your PlayStation VR headset and get ready for some puzzle solving. Symphony of the Machine is the latest Playstation VR title from the guys over at Stirfire Studios.

Symphony of the Machine is a laser puzzle game of nature and the elements where you need to manipulate a beam of light in order to hit certain locations. The game begins teaching you the basic controls on how to move and interact with objects using the Playstation Move controllers.

After you’ve completed the basics, you enter a lift at the base of a tower where you’re welcomed by a little robot who gives you a mirror, a pot full of dirt, and a bulb. To proceed you're told to select the correct weather, using your newly acquired mirror, you’ll then need to redirect a laser, shooting it up the centre of the room, where you’ll find a machine representing the symbol reflecting that weather, sun, wind, clouds or rain. Following the correct steps starts the process of the plant growing. After this the robot proceeds to give you the next weather pattern required.

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Sounds pretty easy right? Sure, that’s until you’re given a laser splitter and are required to hit two weather types at the same time. This is where the game really starts to challenge you. The game will even start putting up barriers to cover one another. All you need to do here is move around the platform a little to ensure you reflect the beam far enough away to get around the obstacles. Once you’ve created enough of the required weather patterns, you’ll be gifted with a grown plant, before moving on and starting again.

While the puzzles start of easy, things only continue to ramp up as you progress. Sooner or later, you’ll be presented with another splitter, even more mirrors, as well as hot and cold elements and of course more shields being thrown up.

So what makes this better in VR? Well, VR brings a beautiful and immersive experience to the game. For example, every time a machine is lit up, the weather is affected in the environment around you. You’ll start seeing rain and puddles developing. Not only do the environments look beautifully designed, but the game’s sound has been implemented perfectly.

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After you’ve completed all the laser puzzles required to grow all plants, you’re given a small open-world that is all yours to explore, including all the changes you’ve made to the weather are present. You can even go back up to the Tower to play around with the weather then head back down to the open-world to experience the effects.

Symphony of the Machine is the perfect little game to introduce newbies to VR. It’s a nice little puzzle game that requires you to think out of the box in order to complete puzzles.

Symphony of the Machine is out now for Playstation 4 VR.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 3.5 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PS4
  • Developer: Stirfire Studios
  • Publisher: Stirfire Studios
  • Genre: Simulation, Misc, Puzzle