My Oculus Rift DK2 arrived recently, and so I had to dive in and create something. I ended up creating this strange sort of surreal and dreamlike island – which, as it turns out, is a sort of purgatory that you must escape.
The game is called “The Midway Oasis”. It takes place on a strange island, that has more to it than meets the eye.
Here’s a link to the app on the Oculus VR showcase (where you can download and try it out):
Look around to move the aim sphere – this is where you’ll go to when you press the SpaceBar.
The sphere must be green to travel to it. If it’s red, it means its too far away, or on an inverted steep surface.
To avoid having to turn your head 180 degrees, you can press the Left and Right Arrows to turn your body 90 degrees.
Pick up the dream spheres by going close enough to them that the aim sphere turns light blue.
The Midway Oasis is a mystifying experience. At its core, this is an exploration game, where you must arrive at a seemingly abandoned island in the middle of nowhere, with towering rocks, massive floating towers, rickety buildings, narrow bridges supported by splintered beams, and hints of an ancient presence. But what is this place?
Welcome to the Midway Oasis, lost wanderer.
As you have washed up here, you have clearly had a turn of fortune. For better, and for worse.
Undoubtedly, you have no recollection of your journey here. You just know that you are here, and not much else.
This island does that do you.
Others have come before you, having cast their dreams upon these shores.
And they have found the way home.
They have left behind their dreams for you to find.
If you seek redemption, you must find all the dream spheres, whereby the exit portal at the peak of the Great Tower will open.
Listen to the wind.
It whispers an ancient tale.
You will not be judged harshly, for you have been compassionate when those around you were lost in their own darkness.
They will follow you home.