Squanch Games — the indie studio founded by Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland — launched their first game Accounting for the HTC Vive virtual reality headset earlier this year. The company seems set on making engaging experiences in the VR space, and Accounting is nothing if not engaging — and more than a bit of a gut-buster.
Made in conjunction with The Stanley Parable developer Crows Crows Crows, Accounting brought players through a string of encounters that had nothing to do with math at all. Players found themselves in small scenarios in which they had to solve a puzzle in order to leave it. But these were just any puzzles.
Retrieving and putting a battery inside a headset was no simple task with a strange creature screaming a stream of profanities at you. Being given a pair of scissors and no way out accept disemboweling the obese creature before you isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time.
But Accounting+ adds a whole bunch of new content that is just as wacky and a little offensive. Rick and Morty fans will recognize and fall in with its brand of humor instantly. It pushes the limits and tasks you with doing sometimes heinous things to advance to the next level, such as shooting a character just to make them stop talking. Or blowing up cop cars with a seed gun is made acceptable by a character telling you, “it’s just in VR, you can do anything you want and not get in trouble.”
The latter sentence is actually descriptive of the spirit of Accounting+. Virtual reality in a space that literally puts you in the shoes of someone or something else, and gives you the opportunity to explore worlds in different ways. Everything you do — building, shooting, straight up murder — can be done without guilt. You are free from consequence because nothing you do will hurt anyone. Such is the magic of VR.
I don’t want to spoil any of the wonderfully crafted gags Squanch Games has teed up for Accounting+. But you’ll be able to try it for yourself when the game launches on December 19 for PSVR.