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The VR Game Launch Roundup: Masking the Horror

April has been a jam-packed month for virtual reality (VR) videogames and it just keeps getting better. Not only does next week have some big arrivals but there’s the Oculus Gaming Showcase to look forward to, with more details set to arrive for Resident Evil 4 and more. First, take a look at what VR titles are about to keep you busy with their puzzles and creative tools.

Maskmaker – InnerspaceVR

The next puzzle title from A Fisherman’s Tale team InnerspaceVR, Maskmaker is set to be the studios’ biggest VR title to date. Taking place in a magical world where masks transport you to new locations, you play a mask maker’s apprentice, learning this ancient craft. Part puzzler, part exploration and part crafting, you need to explore 8 regions to uncover the Maskmaker’s secret, picking up new resources on route to create new masks. As you do so you inhabit the inhabitants’ bodies, switching between them via the masks they wear.

  • Supported platforms: Oculus Rift (Quest via Link), HTC Vive, Valve Index, Windows Mixed Reality and PlayStation VR
  • Launch date: 20th April
  • Cards & Tankards – Divergent Realities

    A Steam Early Access title, Cards & Tankards is a strategy card game set in a pub. With two factions to choose from (4 in the final version) players will have 80 cards to customise their decks from before going into battle, either in the Solo mode against AI or via the cross-platform multiplayer.

  • Supported platforms: Oculus Rift (Quest via Link), HTC Vive, Valve Index and Windows Mixed Reality
  • Launch date: 20th April
  • Argil – Valkyrie Industries

    Not a videogame as such, Argil is a sculpting app for creating organic 3D models quickly and seamlessly. It provides a range of tools so that it almost feels like manipulating real clay. Offering a meditative and relaxing space so creators can focus on their models, they can pinch, squeeze, carve and stretch their designs as they see fit.

  • Supported platforms: Oculus Rift (Quest via Link), HTC Vive, Valve Index and Windows Mixed Reality
  • Launch date: 21st April
  • Yupitergrad: Sneaki Peaki – Gamedust

    Everyone loves free stuff, right? Well, Gamedust’s swinging puzzle title, Yupitergrad, which launched last year is about to offer a slice with Yupitergrad: Sneaki Peaki. The free, standalone edition features a short version of the tutorial as well as selected Time Attack levels giving new players a nice taster of the mechanics. 

  • Supported platforms: Oculus Rift (Quest via Link), HTC Vive and Valve Index
  • Launch date: 21st April
  • Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife – Fast Travel Games

    Now time for some good old-fashioned horror from Fast Travel Games. Wraith: The Oblivion – Afterlife is set within the World of Darkness universe, putting you in the shoes of Ed Miller, a photographer who dies during a seance at the luxurious Barclay Mansion. Stuck between the living world and the afterlife, you have to roam the hallways looking for clues as to what happened. However, being dead doesn’t mean to say you’re entirely safe. As a wraith, you can walk through walls and pick items up at a distance but you must also avoid Spectres. These are spirits of wrath and vengeance. With no way to defend yourself from them, you must tread carefully and hide.

  • Supported platforms: Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Valve Index and Windows Mixed Reality
  • Launch date: 22nd April
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