Rick and Morty fans have been salivating ever since the surprise Season 3 premiere aired, both at the prospect of a new season this summer and, of course, over Szechuan Chicken McNugget sauce. For those that can’t wait, the team behind Adult Swim‘s animated Sci-fi adventures have taken that Rick and Morty madness and translated it into a VR experience. So if it’s your dream to be belched at by an alcoholic scientist while learning valuable lessons about the futility of life as a clone, boy are you in luck!
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality is a VR game available on the HTC Vive and Oculus + Touch that allows you to step into an episode of Adult swim’s multiverse-spanning cult comedy hit. So what’s it like joining the most dysfunctional Science fiction family since the Frankensteins?
In Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality you play as a clone of Morty, Rick’s hapless grandson, created to aid Rick in thankless, mundane everyday tasks. These can range from doing his laundry while he swears at you to gunning down swarms of aliens with automatic lasers. It goes without saying that the entire experience is jam-packed with references and objects from the TV show, many of which can be interacted with and even combined with each other.
The game features the puzzle-solving, task-completing dynamics of Job simulator, the dystopian VR experience that allowed robots to experience what everyday life was like back when those “human beings” were around. It was developed by the Job Simulator company Owlchemy, with creative input from the Adult Swim Games team. Most importantly, it features the voice acting talents of Justin Roiland, Dan Harmon, Spencer Grammer, Chris Parnell and Sarah Chalke. All of the dialogue was recorded especially for the game, so the two to three-hour gameplay experience is the closest thing we’ll get to more Rick and Morty until the next season airs.
Early reviews are very positive, with the only complaints being the short play-time and some of the navigational control gripes that seem to crop up with a great deal of VR games. Crucially, the vast majority of critics are in agreement on one thing: Virtual Rick-ality does a fantastic job of translating the insane, madcap nihilism of the show into a 3-dimensional experience, even if it occasionally veers into some self-indulgent territory.
All in all, If you’ve got the equipment, and you’re bursting to take the scenic route through the multiverse with Rick and Morty, then this game would be a very sound investment. The rest of us will just have to wait until season 3 airs this summer.