I will admit that when Kona was released back in 2017 my radar missed it. Normally I would be all over it as these styles of games are probably one of my favourite genres. So when I was sent an email recently giving details of a VR version being released of Kona I just had to see what this game was all about and see if I missed out on a gem back the first time around.
Genre: Adventure, Indie
Release Date: 19 June 2018
CPU: Intel i5 / AMD Equivalent
VGA: Geforce GTX 880 / AMD Equivalent
RAM: 8 GB
HDD: 5 GB
Oculus Rift and HTC Vive Headset Compatible
Thanks to the publishers for the review code.
Kona is a game sees you take control Carl Faubert, a 70’s detective who is investigating at the mysterious Atamipek Lake, Quebec. You must explore the abandoned town which will require a lot of walking and some driving while trying to survive the freezing conditions by finding shelter and making fires for heat.
With the game being over a year old I will not go into an in-depth review as there are lots on this game already and there is a good chance that you know what it is about anyway. I am reviewing it now as they have decided to bring VR support for those with an Oculs Rift or a HTC Vive headset and controllers. When you first start the game and you are driving your 4×4 vehicle you immediate think why was this title did not have VR release at the original launch.
When you come across scenes you need to investigate you can use the controllers that came with your VR Headset of choice. Being in a Virtual Reality world, examining clues is easier as you can look things from different angles see things easier that you might have missed playing through in non-VR. Just don’t forget that you need to search around for the basic ingredients to make a fire, like logs and matches to make fires in abandon house in order to survive the freezing cold of Atamipek Lake.
The story is very interesting and will grip you for the 6 hours or so that it lasts. I think that the length is just right, especially if you play it in VR. You can move around the environment by using either teleportation or free motion. The teleportation would be the preferred choice if you suffer motion sickness, use the free motion at your peril. The graphics are great and the detail that has been put into the game is quite amazing.
Kona is a game that is great if you are a fan of adventure games. While you will not face any real danger, the story is very intriguing and you will be very gripped by the game. The VR addition makes a great game even better and you will feel like you are Carl Faubert by the end. Buy this game, you won’t regret it unless you play in free motion and end up with motion sickness.