Video games can be damn near anything they want to be these days. The application of VR has opened up a whole new can of worms when it comes to what developers can create. From the creators of the hit show, Rick and Morty, comes a game that is just as vulgar and entertaining, Trover Saves the Universe. In Trover, the player takes control of a nameless main character, the only thing you know for sure about him is that he/she is of a race known as the Chairorpians, a race of people that can’t leave their chairs. This sets up for every mechanic in the game, as you are not only in control of the Chairorpian, but also of our hero, Trover. It is your mission to save the universe as Trover and the Chairorpian before it is destroyed by a beaked psycho that stole your dogs and uses their life essence to begin destroying the universe by shoving them in his empty eye sockets. Still with me? Great let us continue then.
Trover Saves the Universe is by no means going to win any innovative game awards BUT that is not necessarily a bad thing. Co-creator of Rick and Morty, Justin Roiland poured so much of his talent into this game it almost doesn’t need to be innovative. From the story, your character is always holding a video game controller, allowing himself to control Trover. To be clear, this game is available to play 100% in VR as well, immersing the player even more into this bizarre universe. Gameplay is pretty basic, with new mechanics introducing themselves as the game progresses. Trover can gain a slew of new abilities like being able to double jump and float in the air. Trover is also equipped with a weapon that he can fight off enemies with. The Chairorpian also has abilities that compliment Trover’s, like being able to boost your self in the air to see further surroundings and activating different things in the world. Working in unison with each other will get you through each unique world. Combat unfortunately is pretty rudimentary, with Trover having the ability to swing a few times as well as do a ground pound from mid-air. Eventually you gain the ability to dodge roll which adds a little bit of fluidity to the combat.
Trover Saves the Universe is ripe with interesting characters and unique locales. Justin Roiland must have put in overtime voicing the characters in this game. If you are a fan of the Rick and Morty series you will most certainly catch on immediately. You have the option to decide whether or not the game should be censored before the game starts, if you choose for a non-censored version, prepare for vulgarity at every turn. As funny as most of the characters are, sometimes the humor just feels forced and a little cumbersome at times. Now, this doesn’t mean that I didn’t lose my mind for more than half the game, but I am a huge fan of Rick and Morty so it makes sense. Someone that hasn’t been exposed to the series might not be as keen to the humor as I was. The characters are also very aware that they are in a video game, as during certain moments Trover will call this out to the Chairorpian in different, comedic ways. Navigation through these worlds is done by moving Trover to nodes and pressing R2 to instantly move to them. You can move around your camera to search around green power babies, which are collectibles you can find in each level. They are either directly out in the open, or Trover has to smash open the very obvious item to retrieve them. Green power babies are one of Trover’s favorite things, and he insists that there is an awesome reward for collecting every last one of them. You will also run into some puzzles, but don’t expect them to be head scratchers as they are pretty basic at their core.
Aside from a few technical hiccups I ran into, like not being able to complete the first level during my first playthrough, the game is great. If you’re someone that can’t get behind crude and rash humor, than I would advise against playing the game in the non-censored form. Trover Saves the Universe looks as though it was plucked straight out of Rick and Morty, when the new season releases this fall, I hope to see one of these characters make an appearance, or at least get referenced. Though Trover Saves the Universe may seem basic from a gameplay perspective, it is the world and the characters within it that make it enjoyable to experience whether you’re in VR or not, check this one out.
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