The spiritual VR successor to Tetris called Block Wave, recently entered into Early Access on Steam. It’s designed by RLTY CHK and is made specifically for VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive.
The game’s appearance on Steam Early Access didn’t go without a hitch. After launching and featuring 3D block puzzles in a multi-plane game environment, there were a number of complaints that surfaced from those who took a chance and dove in early on the Early Access release of Block Wave.
Initially, the reviews wanted to give big props to Block Wave but a lot of people found that the game was just way too hard starting off. The blocks fell too fast, they said; there were too many blocks coming down at once, they said; there wasn’t enough time to adjust to the difficulty spike between levels, they said.
Well, RLTY CHK took the criticisms to heart and decided to ease up on the early goings in Block Wave by adjusting the spike. They made a quick post over on the Steam community page, saying…
“We just released a huge update to BLOCK WAVE VR and brought it out of early access.
“We’ve added all new early levels to make getting started easier and an in-game tutorial.”
An in-game tutorial definitely will make things easier for gamers to adjust to without feeling as if they’ve bitten off more than they can chew. A three-dimensional Tetris game is a big enough challenge as it is, having the difficulty ramp up too quickly would likely only turn most people off.
Bringing the game out of Early Access so soon after entering Early Access is also a bold move. Most games spend several months refining, honing and chiseling off the rough edges in order to make the best game they possibly can.
In this case RLTY CHK felt it was necessary to update, upgrade and elevate the game out of the Early Access phase. Some users are still complaining about the controls, so maybe there will be options to tweak in future updates, but hopefully those looking for a VR rendition of Tetris will be satisfied with what they’ve done with Block Wave.
The block-puzzle title is available right now for $4.99. You can learn more about the game by paying a visit to the Steam store page.