VR Review | Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality
I’ll admit, in the beginning, I wasn’t completely sold on Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s Rick and Morty. I would simply let it play in the background while I focused on other things, laughing at occasional jokes. Over time though, the humor and style began to grow on me, and the more it grew, the more I understood the tone of the show. While I’m not a Szechuan sauce craving fanboy, I am a fan of the series. Now at the halfway point of the fourth season, we’re anticipating more Rick and Morty content. Given the circumstances, we felt it was about time to check out Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality from Owlchemy Labs. Does the humor of the show translate to a VR experience?
Virtual Rick-ality puts the player in the role of a clone Morty, though not just any clone. This clone is literally just a head and pair of hands, and the characters have no problem pointing that out. The majority of the game takes place in Rick’s garage, starting with the simple task of doing the laundry. Without spoiling the full plot, we can say that by the end, it does feel in line with Rick and Morty’s sense of humor. It takes roughly an hour to finish the story, but the game still offers incentives for replayability.
As far as VR games go, Virtual Rick-ality is a pretty interactive experience. Rick’s garage is filled with tons of gadgets and objects, practically all of which having some unique use. Change a light bulb, eat an apple, play cassette tapes, and more. Fans of the series will get even more out of this, as the game holds tons of references to the series. Many of these references are in the use of some of these objects. Easily the most important of these is the Youseeks box, which is a variant of the Meeseeks box. Pressing this box will give the player a ball to throw somewhere, summoning your very own Mr. Youseeks.
Mr. Youseeks is basically a helper that will mimic your actions, and using him is vital to success. With the ability to summon multiple Mr. Youseeks, you’ll have to use them as a sort of delivery method in some puzzles. The idea is pretty unique, and it works well within this universe. It’s also fun to remove Mr. Youseeks’ VR goggles to make him disappear. It can be frustrating given some puzzles, but props to the developers for thinking outside the box.
Aside from interacting with objects, the game also has a handful of minigames. One of these minigames is a shooting gallery, where you’ll have to shoot down Gromflomites from the Galactic Federation. Another one is Troy, a video game within the game that’s similar to Roy from the show. Finally, there’s a battery charging minigame that will really test your reflexes. These games add extra variety to the game, helping to keep things interesting. On top of that, there’s collectible tapes throughout the adventure that give the player more to look for. Even if the story is only an hour, there’s still plenty to do in the game for the completionist.
Graphically, the game uses a simplistic style reminiscent of the show. Characters will be in 3D but will animate similarly to their 2D counterparts. Objects, while simple, have pretty crisp details, giving the ability to even ready on many of the objects. There are also plenty of visual effects that feel like a perfect transition from the show, like Rick’s portal gun portals. As far as visuals go, the game does a fantastic job with immersing you into the world.
Perhaps the biggest selling point of the game is going to be the writing and voice acting. Justin Roiland reprises his roles as Rick and Morty, and fans will hear a few other familiar voices as well. The voice acting meets the same level as the show, making it feel like an authentic Rick and Morty experience. As for the writing, it takes a lot of liberties. Breaking the fourth wall, crude humor and even more references to the show await those that play. If you’re a fan of the Interdimensional Cable episodes of the show, you’ll have an idea what to expect. Being a fan of those episodes will also give you a lot of fun references to find as well. Overall, I found myself enjoying a lot of the jokes, even though they don’t all have the same punch as the show’s high points.
Owlchemy Labs did a great job bringing their Job Simulator formula to the Rick and Morty universe. While it’s a short experience, there’s plenty of things to experiment with, and tons of secrets to discover. The amount of interactive objects is commendable and fans of the series should love to see all the references. Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality is worth picking up for your VR headset if you’re simply a fan of the series looking for something to hold you over in the wait for more episodes.
Final Score: 7.5 out of 10
This review is part of our new VR Reviews feature, where we feature new and old VR titles every Thursday. Look forward to more VR Reviews in the future if you’re looking for more games to play on your VR headset.