Oh, how puzzles and VR go hand in hand just like peanut butter and jelly. Symphony of the Machine from Stirfire Studios comes to the PlayStation VR in an immersive way. For that, I really love the way the world is presented with it’s Mother Nature of puzzles. When I first started, I was in this world that had a familiar vibe with a peaceful tone even when going up very high on the elevator. This world needs your help to bring life back to it and I was happy to assist.
When you reach the top of the tower, the view in VR is an amazing site. One where I could escape and be happy to get away from reality. You are soon greeted with your robot companion, l along with a very bright beam of light that is almost like what would be the center of the world and four glyphs that contain different weather forces of nature. You have wind, rain, cloud, and sun. What do you do with these you might ask? Well within that center of light you will also have mirrors where you will direct the light to help restore what was once a different place than when you first met it.
Your robot friend will bring you the plants and clues you need to manipulate the weather to help change the appearance. You will see the world around you reflect your hard work and honestly to see this happen in PlayStation VR is really amazing. Using the move controllers or the Dual Shock 4 controller, you use the mirrors to reflect the beam of light based on what the type of the plants you are presented with. It might sound really simple to grab a mirror and rotate it, but until they throw barriers and grids into the mix. The one thing I will say is frustrating to a point is you cannot carry the object and move at the same time. But this is in no way an automatic no for Symphony of the Machine, it just makes you think in a new way and for that, I applaud that.
I do really like how some of the puzzles go from simple to add rain and then the sun for example to adding combinations of say wind and rain to add to the mix. As well as very easy on the eyes and very calming sounds. A review copy was provided. Does Symphony of the Machine deserve the chance to be part of your library? Of course, it does. There are no bloodbaths or a sense of rushing but at the same time, if you have children, they will also appreciate it. Not too many times do we get to experience a game where you can escape and help a wasteland of a planet to nurse it back to health at the same time, and it looks like Stirfire Studios and VR have done this.
In case you missed the trailer, please enjoy…and until next time I am going to go play a GOD and mess with the weather.