Hey! I am Daniel Sproll, co-founder of Realities.io where we are developing Puzzling Places, a 3D puzzle game to confuse beautiful places around the world.
Today we’re really excited to announce that Puzzling Places is coming to PlayStation VR, slated for release in winter 2021!
Puzzling Places is a relaxing, meditative and fluid game built on the age-old concept of puzzles – except in VR, puzzles are no longer flat! These puzzles are made with super detailed 3D scans of interesting places around the world.
Happy little accidents
Realities.io was founded in 2016 with the goal of making real-world places exploreable through virtual reality. We specialized in 3D scanning using a method called photogrammetry and created our own software pipeline to turn those photorealistic scans into something that can actually run in a real-time game engine.
Puzzling Places is the result of a total accident – An error in our pipeline caused the pieces of one of our photogrammetry models to be mixed up, which sparked a brilliant idea to, you guessed it, put the pieces back together !
How do confusing places work?
The gameplay works just as you’d expect: take two matching pieces and put them together until they click into place! Then just keep going until the whole puzzle is complete – just like a physical puzzle but without locking up your dining room table for days!
Being a 3D VR puzzle, the pieces of the puzzle are not flat. Each piece is a little piece of the real world, so it has volume and depth with lots of little details.
With each piece you connect, the puzzle slowly comes to life with an immersive soundscape emerging from the entire environment, smoothly guiding you to the satisfying last click!
Full of puzzles!
Puzzling Places will have a whole bunch of puzzles to complete, with plenty more content to come after release! Each puzzle will also have multiple difficulty variations, so you have a choice if you just want to jump in for a quick 50 piece session or if you want to dive deep into the flow of the puzzle, challenging yourself with hundreds of pieces that could take a few. days to finish!
Puzzling Places is truly a special project for us, combining the passions and skills of the whole team. Not only was it a super fun and relaxing experience, it also opened up a unique new way for gamers to explore amazing 3D scans made by creators all over the world. And we’re especially excited that it’s a game that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds, a game that can bring the magic of VR to the whole family!