After you’ve spent hundreds of dollars acquiring the equipment you need to play games in VR (I got my PlayStation VR system from a pawn shop), the first things you’re going to want to do is find the cheapest games you can play… maybe that’s just me. As you might suspect, some of the best VR experiences are from higher-priced games, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some great free and low cost games for PSVR. Floor Plan is a great example of a low-cost game that delivers a great experience for new VR players.
Floor Plan may be relatively new to PSVR, but it’s been around since 2016 on platforms like Steam and the Google Play Store. It may only cost under $7, but that’s no reason to think the game is cheap VR shovel ware (which sadly does exist). Floor Plan was developed and published by the company Turbo Button, a Los Angeles VR company, who are responsible for the Adventure Time VR game, Magic Man’s Head Games. So it’s clear the company knows a thing or two about visuals in VR.
Floor Plan is a traditional point-and-click adventure, such as the classics in the King’s Quest series. You are in an elevator, and the goal is to get the items you need from each floor combine, combine them with other items, and then use them to interact with things on the various floors. Do this enough times and you’ll have what you need to escape.
One of the reasons the point-and-click adventure game works so well for Floor Plan is that it’s easy to revisit areas (e.g. going from Floor 2 to Floor 7). I know this is mainly due to the limitations of a low-cost VR project, but one of the annoyances of the old-school point-and-click adventure games was all the backtracking. If you need an item or to interact with something, you don’t have to spend a lot of time walking across a map trying to figure out what to do next.
I think the game has amazing visuals for such a low-priced PSVR game (I know the trade off is in game length, but we’ll get to that later). Each floor has a different environment including an office floor, a meat processing facility, a lounge, a cartoony meadow and more.
Each floor is extremely beautiful visually. You can stay inside the elevator for the entire game, but it’s also possible to walk out a little and look around the environments. I think my play time was lengthened by a half hour because I thought I needed to fix my camera so I could walk through each environment (i.e. I was trying to walk up to the coffee maker rather than pointing at it while holding the required item). Then I realized how the point-and-click portion of the controls worked. My point is that visuals on Floor Plan are nice enough that you should take a step out the elevator and look around, just to take it in. It feels like stepping out of Doctor Who’s TARDIS. Every floor feels like a different world.
The downside, is that you won’t spend a lot of time in these worlds. You only need to stay on each Floor for a minute or two at the most to get the items you need. Most of the game time is spent figuring out how to make the items interact in the right way. Since this is like a classic point-and-click adventure, there are a pretty specific set of steps the game wants you take, and once you figure them out, the game goes by pretty quickly. I beat the game in an hour and a half on my first playthrough, and like I said before, part of that time was me messing around with the camera thinking the game could be a full-room VR experience. There’s even an achievement for speed running the game in under 10 minutes, so that shows how fast the experience can fly by for veterans of the game or the point and click genre. Any one who has survived an old Sierra or LucasArts point-and-click adventure game (a group that does not include me) will quickly solve the puzzles in Floor Plan.
Floor Plan on PSVR generously gives you a help button, but I never used it except for the first time when it tells you the game’s vague plot, and that you can press the button again if you get stuck. I feel the game is simple enough without it, but if you’re worried about getting stuck on old-school moon logic puzzles, Floor Plan has you covered.
Floor Plan is an excellent VR game and is definitely worth the $6.99 asking price. I was never a big fan of point-and-click adventure games when I was a kid, but this game was able to keep my attention for the duration. It’s a great entry point for people who haven’t tried a point-and-click adventure game and while the game may be a little easy for veterans of the genre, the humor and visuals make it worth a playthrough.
They recently released Along Together on Android so check that out if you want to see more Turbo Button games.
Floor Plan is a great game for the price asked. It may not be very long, but you will definitely get your money’s worth while you play in with beautiful point-and-click adventure.
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