Here’s a spooky surprise in time for Halloween; Bit Golem’s free video game adaptation of HP Lovecraft’s new, Dagon, now supports virtual reality.
The short experience was fair updated on Steam, adding support for virtually all SteamVR compatible headsets. It’s completely free to download, although Bit Golem (which is otherwise known for the ultimate VR-supported fishing simulator) adds an ebook version of the story and other extras in a companion DLC, and there’s a future DLC on the way too.
The game adaptation of Dagon is, in the words of the developer, a “100% faithful adaptation of the original story” in which the player follows the protagonist’s descent into madness. It is designed to last 30 minutes and recreates many of the unforgettable images the author painted with his words. It also offers the chance to learn more about Lovecraft and the impact the author’s work has had over the years.
During the experience, you will hear the text itself as you experience horrors through the eyes of the protagonist. There are also hidden items that tell you more about the history and background of the time. I tried the experience and Bit Golem did a great job bringing the visceral imagery into VR in a memorable way. It supports motion controller etc, but it’s really a static experience designed as a new way to enjoy the story, not a highly interactive game.
Looking for more Lovecraft inspired VR? Insomniac Games’ 2016 Rift exclusive, Edge of Nowhere, is definitely worth a look as it draws heavily on At the Mountains of Madness.