Astro Bot Rescue Mission for PlayStation VR takes the adorable robots of augmented reality game The Playroom and its virtual reality sequel, and gives them a full-fledged, stand-alone VR platformer. The action and premise are simple — rescue your fellow ’bots in a series of platforming levels — but Astro Bot is another great example of how much fun 3D platformers can be in virtual reality.
Developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Japan Studio, Astro Bot puts you in control of Astro, a robot tasked with finding his missing buddies over the course of 20 levels. Astro can punch enemies and jump over obstacles, using a jetpacklike device to hover (which is immensely helpful in landing jumps in a 3D VR space). There are coins and special “space chameleon” challenges to collect as your run and jump through each level.
Astro Bot: Rescue Mission uses the DualShock 4 as an in-game multipurpose gadget. The PS4 controller is rendered as an object in virtual reality, just like in The Playroom VR. Players will use the controller as a grappling hook, a water cannon, a slingshot and more to solve puzzles, cross platforms and take down bosses.
Japan Studio puts the player into the action of Astro Bot: Rescue Mission as well. Players will have to head-butt objects in the game world to break through barriers, and many of the hidden bots require players to peek around corners or behind objects to find them. Astro and his robot buddies will look to you and cheerily wave, adding to the feeling of being immersed in the virtual space.
Astro Bot: Rescue Mission doesn’t have a price or release date yet, but PlayStation VR owners should keep an eye out for it.