PSVR is no stranger to puzzle games, and by now I’m no stranger to playing them. Rangi is one of the newer ones that I’ve had the opportunity to get my hands on, but is it the best of the bunch? Well, read on and I’ll tell you.
Of course, being that Rangi is a PSVR game, you’re going to need a PSVR headset. You’ll also need a couple of PS Move wand controllers are the game relies heavily on your waving your arms around, though not too much.
Rangi originally released for mobile VR platforms before being ported to PC and PSVR. There’s always a fear that when a game is ported from mobile to consoles, that it’ll pale in comparison to games created primarily for consoles. Thankfully that’s not the case with Rangi. I’ve only played the game for a few minutes on a Samsung Gear VR headset, but after having played through the game on PSVR, there’s a noticeable difference and it doesn’t feel like a cheap cash-in.
Rangi is a puzzle game, first and foremost. There’s a bit of story to follow but it’s not really all that interesting, or at least not to me. The main draw was getting through one puzzle to get to another, with the overlying story being given via short, forgettable dialogue.
My first impression of Rangi was “man, this is piss easy”. And it was, for the first half an hour or so. The opening hour is very much all about you learning the controls, solving a few simple puzzles, and generally being taught how to play. It’s all very simple to begin with but things do get gradually harder. What I will say is that the learning curve felt just about right for me. All too often I’m left scratching my head with puzzle games as they increase in difficulty, but with Rangi it always felt that I was just about ready for each puzzle. A decent learning curve, then, that isn’t too punishing.
- Developer: Digigo
- Release Date: March 6th
- Price: £7.99/$9.99/€9.99
There are some puzzles that take a bit more thought than others, and then there’s some downright devilish ones that have you racing against the clock. It’s in these instances I found myself frustrated with the game’s controls. For the most part, Rangi controls very well. You point your staff and you have a great time. Easy. But getting around is not always easy. Rangi employs teleportation as a means to getting around. While that would normally be a pain in the arse, it works in Rangi’s favour.
Given that Rangi is a puzzle game where you need to go to different spots to activate different bits and bobs, it’s good to have fixed points to teleport to, rather than wandering around aimlessly for hours on end. On the other hand, when you’re in a rush it’s a pain in the neck trying to remember where the teleportation spots are and facing them correctly. Still, for the most part it works well and is perfectly serviceable.
Technically, Rangi is a decent looking game. The use of simple geometry and bright, bold shapes and colours makes it a world worth looking at, though it’s obvious these design choices were made as a means to bringing the game to mobile devices. Still, Rangi is a good-looking game and, thankfully, doesn’t suffer from the decreased resolution inside the PSVR headset. Even objects in the distance are easy enough to make out – something that’s pretty much make or break for me as blurriness in VR is a recipe for headaches.
Rangi sounds great, too. Everything from the incidental sound effects to the beats of the African drums sounds great, so I certainly recommend playing with a pair of decent headphones if you can. TV audio just doesn’t do it justice.
For your cash, you’re getting a decent enough puzzler with Rangi on PSVR. It’s not the best – that title goes to I Expect You To Die – but it’s decent enough. You’ll get around 3-4 hours of playtime which, considering the cheap price point, I think is just about enough. There’s a little replayability for trophy hunters, but once you’ve played through the puzzles it’s not really worth going through it again.
Rangi PSVR Review
Overall - Very Good - 7.0/10
Rangi is a competent puzzle game that has made the transition from mobile to PSVR gracefully. Sure it’s a little short, but I think the price/content ratio is more than fair and, let’s not forget, it’s a decent game that’ll have you feeling smarter than you are.
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Reviewed using PS4 Slim.