Asunder Earthbound Review

Posted March 3, 2014 by in All

Developer: Aldin Dynamics
 
Release Date: 22 - 11 - 2013
 
Game Type: Adventure
 
Platform: Windows, MAC OS X
 
HMD: Oculus Rift
 
Control Schemes: Xbox Controller, Keyboard
 
Download: www.aldindynamics.com/store/
 
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Best Part:

Atmosphere & Immersion
 

Worst Part:

Far to short, limited interactions
 
Bottom Line

Asunder: Earthbound is a short and dark cinematic adventure game set in a fictional 1930′s universe aboard a passenger airplane. Strange things occur as the story unfolds which require the player to act quickly if they want to survive.

Rating

Graphics
 
 
 
 
 


Sound
 
 
 
 
 


Controls
 
 
 
 
 


Gameplay
 
 
 
 
 


Comfort Level
 
 
 
 
 


Immersion
 
 
 
 
 


Total Score
 
 
 
 
 

3.5/ 5

by David
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First off if you plan on playing this game be warned. This review has some spoilers but we will try keep them to a minimum.

Asunder: Earthbound is a short and dark cinematic adventure game set in a fictional 1930′s universe aboard a passenger airplane. Strange things occur as the story unfolds which require the player to act quickly if they want to survive.

The player needs to discover his place in the world, picking up clues in the environment and figuring out the best course of action based on their observations and in-game events.

You play this game as Newt “ The Mute “ an escaped convict.

You know nothing of his past but somehow he finds his way onto a plane and away to freedom.

The overall atmosphere in this game is quite similar to the original bio shock game when you see the city for the first time, only now you are completely immersed as you wear a rift and get completely sucked in by what’s going on around you.

Although the graphics are quite good it’s all the little details that really make this a special experience in VR. For example when you look up at the overhead baggage area you will see a belt just hanging down in front of you which you can almost reach out and touch. Another example is if you pick up the mini telescope from your desk you need to close your left eye to look through it just like in real life. Putting all the small details together really tricks you mind into feeling you’re on a real plane especially if you’re sitting down on an office chair in real life as this mirrors what you are doing in the game.

Your travel companion for this adventure is a guy called Walter. He asks you questions throughout the game not knowing you’re a Mute and you interact with him with simple head-gestures.

This is quite an atmospheric experience and if you’ve ever been a fan of the Twlight Zone and have seen an episode called “ Nightmare at 20,000 feet “ you will see that this has inspired the makers of this game quite a bit. This is a very famous episode as it stars William Shatner ( a.k.a ) Captain Kirk.

Hopefully without giving too much away we would like to say that we have had great fun with this experience. It’s a bit shorter than we would have liked but it is a very unique experience and a pretty wild ride while it lasts.

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About the Author

David

David Whelan a professional web developer has been a serial early adopter of the latest technology. From an early age playing on a C64 he always dreamt of entering virtual worlds and exploring the endless possibilities that could be offered up by the platform.

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