VR Game At A Glance: The Freaky Spy Puzzle Game Esper 2

I sit down when I play VR games, so I like it when the character I’m playing is also sitting. Turns out I also like it when the character I’m playing has telekinesis. In the stylish puzzle game Esper 2, you play as a telekinetic spy who sits. Best of both worlds!

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Here’s a quick video of me playing some of the game. Sorry there’s a mouse pointer in the clip; I didn’t notice it until I’d already recorded. Hopefully it’s not too distracting.

What it is: Esper 2 is made by a British game studio called Coatsink. It’s a sequel to Esper, a similar puzzle game they put out last year for the Samsung Gear VR. You play as an psychic secret agent in the 1970s; in this world, spy work mostly consists of sitting in a chair and solving an increasingly elaborate series of physics puzzles.

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You can only manipulate objects in the environment by “grabbing” them and them moving them with your head. Esper 2 is stylish and good-natured in a way that channels Quantum Conundrum with a dash of No One Lives Forever. As you’ll see in the video, the puzzles eventually get pretty trippy and the game messes with you by changing things around when you’re not looking. If it weren’t for the weirder stuff I’d probably lose interest, but thanks to the second level I show in the video, I’m definitely going to keep playing.

Throughout the week, I’ll be posting a series of short videos like this one to give an idea of how these VR games work. For more thoughts on the Oculus Rift itself, check out my full write-up.

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staindgrey
staindgrey

I think I’m finally old.

I’ve been wondering for the last year or so when I’d officially jump from “young” to “old”, if there were a particular age or stage of life that would signify my “old”ness. As new popular phrases start going over my head and posting emojis on Twitter becomes a legitimate form of profound communication, I still cling to my “young” status because I stay up to date on my hardware tech, my videogame knowledge and my superhero comic books.

But I have absolutely, undeniably, 100% zero interest in this virtual reality thing. The very thought of putting the goggles on makes my stomach upset. Even when I haven’t actively wanted something— 3D TVs, a PS Vita, Fitbits— I’ve at least poked through articles, checked out the kiosks, etc. But VR? Nope. Didn’t even read this article; just scrolled down to hit reply because I needed to get this off my chest.

Now I need to know at what age I’ll start talking about “damned kids today” and casually being racist or whatever so I can move to Nowhere, Montana and spare the people around me the grief.