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  • Summary: Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin is a new Virtual Reality adventure that takes players back into the mysterious and paranormal world of the Psychonauts for the first time in more than a decade. Once again players assume the role of Raz, an intrepid young psychic and now fully fledgedPsychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin is a new Virtual Reality adventure that takes players back into the mysterious and paranormal world of the Psychonauts for the first time in more than a decade. Once again players assume the role of Raz, an intrepid young psychic and now fully fledged member of the Psychonauts — an elite group of international psychic secret agents. Expand
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Mar 4, 2017
    90
    Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin is a must-play for PSVR owners. Its ability to keep the player interested in its world and characters is second to none, and the ease of its gameplay mechanics makes interacting with the world a joy. The plethora of environments and odd characters you come across, and the subsequent world-building that takes place, keeps the game from ever getting stale alongside its short runtime. In the Rhombus of Ruin is a masterclass of engaging mechanics and brilliant writing, and it’s got me excited for the future of Psychonauts.
  2. Feb 21, 2017
    80
    New players, too, should find that Rhombus of Ruin accommodates Psychonauts with a comfortable home in virtual reality. Hardly any facet of its composition feels conditional, granting Psychonauts’ beloved motif ample room to work through PlayStation VR’s intrinsic weaknesses. Interquels, typically a model disposability, don’t seem so strained or contrived inside of this peculiar parallelogram.
  3. Mar 12, 2017
    80
    Funny, engaging and full of absurd but fascinating concepts: the new Psychonauts is just as awesome as the original. The VR experience is excellent.
  4. Feb 22, 2017
    70
    A really good crack at a VR title by Double Fine. The characters will feel familiar to those who have played Psychonauts, but those new to the series will not feel too lost when following the story. However it is a short title that feels like it could have done a lot more with its intriguing setting, and while the tracking was on point most of the time there were moments where it could have been better. Rhombus Of Ruin is a fun experience and provides one of the best produced PSVR titles so far, but it ends a bit too soon.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Apr 11, 2017
    70
    A fun, if short-lived trip back into the mind-bending world of Psychonauts. [Apr 2017, p.88]
  6. Mar 23, 2017
    65
    I enjoyed the original Psychonauts, and it was fun to see the characters again – even though the circumstances are fairly lame. If you find yourself in the slice of the Venn diagram that overlaps “Psychonauts fan” and “PlayStation VR owner,” then it might be worth the couple of hours it takes to play through Rhombus of Ruin. Otherwise, this isn’t a great showcase for VR or an introduction to the Psychonauts.
  7. Feb 24, 2017
    50
    Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin delivers a passable tale that manages to capture the quirky aesthetic and humour of the original game. But its high price point, pedestrian puzzles, and failure to do much of interest with VR makes it something of a letdown overall.

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  1. Jul 27, 2019
    10
    Anything Psychonauts to me is amazing and this was truly beautiful VR a game
  2. Mar 14, 2017
    9
    I agree with gusman, the adventure genre works perfectly and I would like to see more like this. I usually get sick when playing VR games, butI agree with gusman, the adventure genre works perfectly and I would like to see more like this. I usually get sick when playing VR games, but this was perfectly fine. Good puzzles, mostly - and a fun experience all the way. Highly recommended. Expand
  3. Feb 21, 2017
    9
    Magnificent game if you like old Point'n'Click adventures. All the Lucas magic adapted to a new generation. If you're seeking an action gameMagnificent game if you like old Point'n'Click adventures. All the Lucas magic adapted to a new generation. If you're seeking an action game then stay away, but if you love series like Monkey Islands, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Atlantis and so on you will enjoy the experience of your life. And of course, if you've played the old Psychonauts game then this is a must, be on the skin of Ras is extremely nice. The game has that art style so particular to this games that every fan will enjoy, and the ambience is very very good. Only flaw it's not extremely long, but heck, it's only 17$.

    Hope to see more games like this, a remake of Maniac Mansion, Day of Tentacle or Monkey Island for VR could be glorious.
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  4. Apr 3, 2020
    8
    To start off, I love Psychonauts and I love VR games, so this review is not meant to be biased, but this game falls well within my interestsTo start off, I love Psychonauts and I love VR games, so this review is not meant to be biased, but this game falls well within my interests and feels almost made for me.

    It turns out that Psychonauts can be translate effectively into VR, surprisingly enough, by moving it from a platformer to something more like a Point & Click adventure game. In this game, you possess the minds of different characters who effectively become your adventure game inventory items; and the puzzle solving consists of figuring out how to make line of sight with the next person for you to take over. This sees you moving though the entire world of this game through a chain of mental possessions while Raz remains tied up in a chair the whole time. This movement system is unique for VR, and manages to work both as a Look & Click adventure game and as a VR game that even those prone to motion sickness should be able to enjoy. I myself am more than happy to play VR games that rely on more standard movement schemes like free locomotion, but it is nice to see a developer stretch their brains to come up with something different and suited specifically to the medium, even if the results feel a bit more limiting.

    Looking away from the gameplay, the story here is pretty scant compared to Psychonauts, and pretty much contains just enough to set up the existence of the game. As I'm sure you've read already, it also clocks in at a relatively short time, my Steam game time counter says I played through it in around 2 hours. If you're looking for a wide variety of wacky characters, you'll also find that number to be significantly lower than we've seen in the past. What we have is good, great even, we just don't have that much. Despite this, the presentation is just great: the music is bombastic and comedic; the graphics look like what Psychonauts should look like in 2017, sharper but still true to the original; the writing is witty and sharp; the levels are chaotic and creative.

    If you like Psychonauts or even just funny and quirky games, you'll like this. If you like VR or if you're looking to try it out, this would be an excellent game to start with.
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  5. Feb 5, 2019
    8
    If you enjoy the psychonauts universe, you probably won't be disappointed with this. It isn't as good as it could be but definitely worth playing.
  6. Apr 27, 2018
    7
    Beautiful graphics and good gameplay. It lacks of a solod plot and is really short,, but besides that I liked the game
  7. Apr 25, 2018
    6
    I was looking forward to playing this, but the gameplay wasn't that interesting or fun. The VR component was also not as good as other games.I was looking forward to playing this, but the gameplay wasn't that interesting or fun. The VR component was also not as good as other games. The plot seemed really random if you are not familiar with the psychonauts universe. A pretty mediocre game besides the enjoyable cartoony Psychonauts aesthetics. Expand

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