Review: 'Rick and Morty' has a new VR game titled 'Virtual Rick-ality'

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A new 'Rick and Morty' VR game titled 'Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality' is now available for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive devices. Game makers Owlchemy Labs have invited fans of the hit animated TV show to indulge in a "fast-paced, chaotic VR adventure complete with mechanics and mayhem only possible in VR."

The funny, touch-enabled VR experience allows gamers to portray the role of one of the Clone Mortys (watch video below). Each of the Mortys, that have expandable floating heads and a pair of hands, are provided with a different set of tasks (by his grandfather, mad scientist Rick Sanchez) such as laundry, repairing a spaceship or shopping for equipment. As the game progresses, the scenarios get more complex as Morty is expected to complete trademark Virtual Reality tasks such as solving puzzles and environmental exploration. The game is essentially centered in Rick's garage and lets the Clone Morty choose various portals to explore. 

Virtual Rick-ality review: Solve puzzles and explore multiple universes

The story lasts for nearly three hours and feels like an actual episode of 'Rick and Morty'. The top-notch writing combines various activities (even the mundane ones) into a thrilling ride through a well-designed universe. The game includes performances from most of the show's cast, including co-creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, besides Spencer Grammer, Chris Parnell and Sarah Chalke. 

After launching the game, Owlchemy Labs wrote the following in a press release: “Fans will experience the show in a totally new way -- personally living life as a clone of Morty and all the trauma that comes with it. Navigate and rummage through Rick’s garage and the Smith household, and step through portals to alternate worlds. Follow Rick’s directions at your own risk to solve puzzles and complete missions in room-scale virtual reality.”

Meanwhile, IGN gave the game a solid 7.6 rating. "Virtual Rick-ality does a great job emulating the dark humor of the source material, even if it occasionally overindulges in its self-awareness. Smart use of well-established VR mini game mechanics guides you through the experience, and aside from some slight issues navigating the space on a two-sensor Oculus Rift setup, these familiar and fun activities mesh well with the amusing efforts of the writing team and cast. Rick and Morty’s first foray into virtual reality is not only a solid VR experience, but the duo's strongest attempt at translating the spirit of the show into a game yet," game writer Jon Ryan wrote in his review published Friday.

'Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality' can be purchased for US$29.99 (AU$39.75). 'Rick and Morty season 3' release date: Fall of 2017. The first episode titled 'The Rickshank Rickdemption' aired on April Fools' Day.