With the recent release of Oculus Quest, we’re starting to see a lot more motion control games. One such game is OH Shape, developed by TreeFortress Games and published by OZWE Game. The full title in the app store gives you a pretty good idea of what this game is: “OH SHAPE – A VR Relaxing Puzzler.” And that’s exactly what it is… but there’s something else I’ll get to later.
The concept behind OH Shape is simple: You use your controllers as abstract shapes (called shapers) and connect points with them. If two points are touching when you let go, they light up and disappear. Your goal is to clear all of the points before time runs out. If you do so, a wall opens up and you’re able to move on to the next stage.
In the first few levels, this is actually pretty easy. In fact, I was able to clear every level in my very first attempt at playing just by moving from point to point without even looking at what I was doing.
And then things got a bit more difficult. As time started running out, I had to start really thinking about where my goal nodes were and how best to connect them while avoiding others that would prevent me from meeting my goal (and thus losing the game).
While it sounds like this game requires some quick thinking, there are three difficulty levels: Easy (where time only counts down when nothing is connected), Normal (where time counts down when nothing is being moved), and Hard (where time counts down constantly). The Easy mode, in my opinion, is a bit too easy. That doesn’t mean it isn’t fun though.
One thing that stands out about this game is just how relaxing it is to play. I found myself going back again and again just to see if I could beat my score or maybe unlock a new shaper. And with the calming music playing in the background, this shouldn’t be surprising. In fact, if you watch the trailer below you’ll probably get a good idea of what playing feels like:
Overall, this game is an enjoyable VR experience. Whether you’re relaxing or taking your time to think through your next move carefully, OH Shape has something for everyone.
There’s also the social aspect of it… OH Shape includes a variety of leaderboards that let you compete with friends and others across the world in different categories. Such categories include: Clear Time (Fastest), Highest Score, Most Points Connected (Fewest Moves), and Distance Traveled (Awarded for each stage passed).
This game isn’t perfect though. Some things I’d like to see added are more levels (it currently only has 24) and maybe some other objectives to accomplish while playing; such as connecting all points before time runs out, etc…