Have you tried… Solve virtual reality puzzles in space with Red Matter 2

There’s a really satisfying feature to solving Red Matter 2 puzzles that can really feel like your brain in your galaxy kicks in when a penny drops. This is partly due to how this slightly tainted space adventure from Bioshock uses VR gameplay to lead you. Oftentimes you’ll see diagrams or a clipboard that you can pick up and look at how a piece of alien space machine works. If it’s a casual game, you read notes or dip into menus to erase bits of text in a totally boring way – but in Red Matter 2, you’re often standing next to whatever you’re trying to solve with the instructions at hand, and hopefully looking into anything you can get helps you.

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It’s a little confusing at first because the game doesn’t give you anything to help at first, including even guiding you through how any of them work. You threw away your “This Is How You Solve It” folder while investigating at least one mystery to begin with. However, once you’ve settled into the right groove, there’s a tangible, satisfying sense of exercise and puzzle-solving at hand. Rather than searching for glowing prompts and objects to interact with, you’re looking for physical clues in the world around you — picking up vital information from computer screens, or realizing that the bottle in the cupboard looks exactly like the one in a handy chart. There’s an escape room where you feel some of the best puzzles here, and one late-match challenge that got me excited “Oh my God, what?” The moment when you assemble something. I still strut around thinking “I CleverAfter days after that.

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