We were invited for a test play from Legendary Quests for their Real-time game Project Avatar. Our European team – seven people from five countries – played with five connections. The picture and sound quality was quite good.
It‘s difficult to categorize this game. It’s a hybrid of interactive film, escape room and computer game.
The effective playing time is about 90 minutes. In addition there is a longer briefing, in which the rules of the game are explained very catching, and an outro, so that you should plan about two hours for this adventure.
Our avatar acts like in a POV computer game and we have to control it in real time. We see his hands and can instruct him to do certain things for us. And he really does (almost) everything we tell him to do. That is why it is good that we are in a place where nobody minds if a few things get broken.
Our virtual identity also has certain attributes, such as health or energy, and during the game we have to make sure that these are always in the green zone and take appropriate actions if necessary.
We explore the lost place together, gain access with brute force if necessary, find objects that can be useful to us, solve puzzles.
Very well done transitions between the different venues. Cool soundtrack. Even though I’m not a lover of computer games, this adventure was really fun and I’m really excited about the things to come.