Another well-known game announced for Windows Mixed Reality is the fully motion-controlled VR version of the building/puzzle game Fantastic Contraption, co-developed by Northway Games and Radial Games, which you can watch a trailer for above. You can read more information about Fantastic Contraption in the following description taken from a press release issued when the game was released for other VR systems last year:
Fantastic Contraption is surreal VR building game. Create life-sized machines as tall as you can reach, then send them whirling, flinging, and trundling off to solve puzzles on the other side of a floating island. Your task is simple: get the squishy purple ball to that goal off in the distance, or above you, or on the other side of that gap. And your tools are elegantly minimalist: spinning wheels and stretchable rods. But the solutions are endless, and there are no right or wrong ones.
We’ve designed this game from the ground up for VR. Come immerse yourself in a strange skybound archipelago and befriend Neko the photosynthesizing cat. Build contraptions with your own two hands, life sized and as big as horses, right there in front of you. Play with the physics, juggle pieces, throw darts, and feel another world all around you.
- Challenging puzzles. 50 official levels that range from cakewalk to what-the-hell-this-is-impossible-right-tell-me-this-is-impossible. But guess what, it IS possible. I think.
- Infinite solutions. Working cars, tanks, catapults, conveyor belts, walking creatures or minimalist structures that use only gravity. Design for elegant simplicity, or build a rattling pile of junk that just barely makes it to the goal. Whatever.
- Building with your own hands. Movement so simple and natural you’ll forget you’re holding controllers. Need a wheel? Just pick it up. Want a longer rod? Just grab an end and stretch. It’s like playing with children’s blocks, except they’re bigger than you are.
- Noble ancestry. Fantastic Contraption is the VR evolution of Colin Northway’s 2008 2d browser game, played by millions and still playable for free on our website. But don’t be fooled, this new game is WAY different.
- Full 3d audio and music. Actually, this game has no music. What it does have is musical instruments. Except you have to build them. Well… you’ll figure it out.
- Surreal and beautiful landscape. Hey guy, chill here awhile, why don’t you just lie down in the grass and just listen to the sky whales singing? You’ll totally forget the dystopian present and the 300 sqft windowless cube you now live in. Who needs sunlight? VR.
- Neko the toolbox. Yes, your toolbox is alive, and he’s kind of a green cat blimp thing powered by pink farts. He doesn’t seem to mind when you pull off one of his tails or yank a pin out of his head. They grow back pretty fast, so I guess it’s okay…
- Online sharing. Venture bravely into the dark world-within-a-world to load contraptions made by your friends and also some random people. Marvel at the crazy crap they came up with. Then narrow your eyes and say: I can beat this. I can do better.
About Northway Games
Husband and wife team Colin and Sarah Northway have been travelling the world and making indie games since 2008, and are currently living in Vancouver Canada. Their first game was the original 2008 browser game Fantastic Contraption, and their PC and mobile games include Rebuild 1 2 and 3, Incredipede, Deep Under the Sky, and Word Up Dog.
About Radial Games
Making games and flying planes, Radial Games is based out of Santa Monica and Vancouver, consisting Andy Moore, Kimberly Voll, and Lindsay Jorgensen. Their other games include ROCKETSROCKETSROCKETS and Monster Loves You!
Are you interested in Fantastic Contraption? Have you played it on another VR system already and if so what did you think? Let us know in the comments below or create a discussion in our (PC) Windows Mixed Reality VR Games forum.
Source: Northway Games' YouTube Channel