What is the secret of death? Let Robot Invader takes you into the myth. Dead Secret, a VR mystery thriller. Nominated for Best VR Game in 12th IMGA.
Strap on a VR headset and find yourself at the scene of a murder. Delve into the dead man’s bizarre past to solve the riddle of his death and escape before you become the next victim.
Dead Secret is designed specifically for play with the Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, and other virtual reality platforms.
What makes your game unique?
Virtual reality gives us an unprecedented ability to transport our audience to an utterly convincing world. However, much of the early work in VR has been so focused on creating these worlds that it has become a sort of virtual tourism: you can visit interesting places but there isn’t much to actually do once you get there. On the other end of the spectrum, we’ve seen a number of traditional games who have simply replaced their in-game camera with a virtual camera rig. These games are a fine novelty but are rarely able to leverage the real power of virtual reality (and some eschew core principles of VR comfort altogether).
With DeadSecret, we tried to create a cohesive experience that provides a powerful sense of “presence” without sacrificing the other elements that go into a good game: narrative, puzzles, challenges, and exploration. DeadSecret is not a small experiment nor a traditional game, it is a native resident of a new (and as-of-yet mostly uncharted) territory of virtual reality game design. Though we put significant effort into making the rural farmhouse where DeadSecret takes place convincing, we also spent a long time ensuring that movement was comfortable, that the game mechanics and puzzles make sense in VR, and that the story was intricate and detailed.
DeadSecret is unique in that it builds upon the presence created by VR to create a complex and compelling narrative-driven game.
Why do you think you will win the Grand Prix this year?
In this early period of VR development, many projects are experiments or sketches designed to explore a particular corner of this new game design territory. DeadSecret is a complete game, of the scope and production quality you would expect on traditional platforms, designed specifically for virtual reality. We’ve worked hard to make DeadSecret the best VR game it can be: it sports high-end art and graphics, realistically spatialized sound, interesting characters, and vexing puzzles. But the real magic happens when all of these pieces come together and you find yourself deep in the middle of a complex murder mystery with a deranged killer hot on your trail.
Our focus on quality has been borne out by feedback from our audience. In addition being one of the best-selling games on Gear VR, DeadSecret has resonated with the press, and fans have gone so far as to create new communities just to discuss the game. Road to VR called DeadSecret “by far one of the longest, and most engaging VR experiences I’ve ever had—mobile or otherwise,” while VRGiant named it a “must play,” and Gamezebo called it an “unforgettable experience.” Time labeled DeadSecret “captivating” and “deeply creepy,” and
VRFocus found it to be “one of the best launch titles available for [Gear VR].” We see this stellar response as validation of our efforts to create not just an interesting VR experience, but an engaging video game as well.