A Fisherman’s Story was certainly one of our favourite VR video games from final 12 months. It was charming, intriguing and featured some thoughts bending puzzles. This week, recreation designer Alex Morozn, who labored on the sport at InnerspaceVR, shared a behind-the-scenes proof of idea video that goes by way of a really early model of A Fisherman’s Story, demonstrating the important thing puzzle parts of their earliest kind.
Honest warning: the next video accommodates main spoilers for A Fisherman’s Story — not in the best way of the story, however in that it’ll spoil nearly each main puzzle and ‘a-ha’ second within the recreation’s marketing campaign. In the event you haven’t performed the sport already, this video will clarify all the recreation’s distinctive mechanics and we extremely advise not watching in case you have any curiosity in taking part in the sport your self.
The video reveals a room that very vaguely resembles the primary room on the backside of the lighthouse from A Fisherman’s Story, albeit with no artwork, shade or true design. As a substitute of progressing by way of the areas of the lighthouse, this early prototype merely presents variations of the identical room with new puzzle variations in every. To progress to the following puzzle, you need to find an in-game VR headset and put it on, not like the ultimate recreation the place you’re employed your manner by way of the lighthouse to get to the ultimate lantern room on the prime.
Maybe what’s most superb is that all the most original and ingenious puzzles from the ultimate recreation are current on this early prototype, which was made some three years earlier than the ultimate launch. What’s lacking is any form of narrative, inventive path and magnificence — the titular fisherman and his lighthouse are nowhere to be seen! Regardless of that, you’ll be able to simply determine the ultimate puzzles on this naked bones idea — the glass mannequin variation grew to become the sport’s last lantern room part and driving the girl bug to seize the important thing grew to become the part with the fish’s mouth.
In a manner, highlighting that the puzzles have been conceptualized so early on in improvement makes me respect all the pieces else in A Fisherman’s Story — the story, the animations, the artwork fashion. It’s all so lovingly crafted, and that turns into even simpler to understand after seeing it striped down to simply the puzzles themselves.
A Fisherman’s Story is accessible for PC VR on Steam, the Oculus Retailer, and Viveport, and can be accessible on the Oculus Quest and PSVR.