Hands-on Preview of Pollen From PAX East
Pollen is headed to PC later this year, but it will truly shine when played on the Oculus Rift. I was lucky enough to get to play Pollen while at PAX East last week. I also had the opportunity to speak with Olli Sinerma of Mindfield Games who is the project lead on the game.
Pollen takes place on a space station where something goes terribly wrong. Your main objective is to find out what went wrong by finding clues and solving puzzles throughout the game. I can see how just playing it on PC would seem kind of mundane, but with the Oculus Rift it truly feels as if I was in the space station. However, I did find that just a few minutes into the preview I felt dizzy. It could also have to do with the fact that the Oculus is heavy and it takes getting used to. Needless to say the game left a lasting impression on me because it’s meant to played with the Oculus, not PC.
After playing Pollen, I briefly spoke with Olli about the game. He stated that the game is influenced by films like Solaris and 2001: A Space Odyssey. In the little time I spent playing Pollen it was evident that there is a lot more to this game than we know. Any game that is influenced by a Stanley Kubrick film can only mean one thing: get ready to do some exploring and uncover the mystery that awaits you on the space station in Pollen.
The game will be released later this year on PC. If you can secure yourself an Oculus Rift it is better to play the game on that system versus a PC to get the full effect.
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