This review was originally created in November 2018 for HTC, targeted to their original Vive/Vive Pro (VIVEPORT). It is reproduced here without alteration.
Ricky and Morty debuted on Cartoon Network on December 2, 2013. Despite only having 31 episodes across its three seasons to-date, the animated show has become a cultural phenomenon thanks to its unique mix of adult-themed creativity and humor. Although there’s already an excellent Rick and Morty-branded virtual reality game from 2017 called Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, a game like Accounting+ proves that there’s still plenty of creative energy left to mine from series co-creator Justin Roiland.
Originally released in 2016 as Accounting via a primary collaboration between William Pugh, who co-developed The Stanley Parable (PC, 2013), Dominik Johann, who co-developed Minit (Multiple platforms, 2018), and Roiland, it’s no surprise that the game was a critical success. Now, in the form of Accounting+, the game has tripled in size, with even more voice actors, secrets to discover, and of course, comedy, to enjoy.
From the opening moments of the game, to the end, the game doesn’t take itself seriously and revels in messing with you. You start out at a main menu that’s narrated in a gentle, ASMR-like voice, where you’re taught the ropes and lauded for even the most modest of accomplishments. From there, you can start the main game, which is a series of increasingly outlandish sequences, where your only goals are to have fun and figure out how to make your way to the next sequence.
Designed for Vive, Vive Pro, or Oculus Rift owners, Accounting+ can be played seated or standing as a room-scale experience. Standing play, with plenty of room to move your arms around you, is recommended, since some sequences can get pretty active. Otherwise, space requirements are fairly modest. You engage with each sequence within a small, rectangular play area and simply warp to where you need to go within it. It’s a nice compromise between a true room-scale experience and the reality that many of us don’t have the largest play spaces.
To interact within each sequence, you use both Vive or Oculus Touch controllers. Your in-game hands are pointers until there’s something to interact with, then they turn into hands. You interact with most objects by picking up, pushing, or tossing them, which is also how many of the simple puzzles are solved. If you linger at any event within a sequence for too long, an ever-increasing number of spoken clues, expertly woven into a character’s monologue or beratement of you, follows. In short, there’s little chance of ever getting truly stuck in any of the sequences in this game.
Sequences can take less than a minute to a few minutes or so to get through, depending upon how quickly you move and how long you want to stick around to listen to the wacky, foul-mouthed characters. This is definitely an adults-only experience, but not really for anything other than its extreme language and cartoon violence in the name of comedy and satire. If you’re OK with the idea of the humor in Rick and Morty turned up a notch or two in bawdiness, then you should be good with what’s found in Accounting+.
Audio-visually, Accounting+ nails its presentation. Between the voice acting for its wacky cast of characters, radio stations, and music, there’s seemingly no end to fun stuff to listen to. Graphically, while not exactly sporting the most spectacular visuals, the game nevertheless sets a pleasing theme consistent with its over-the-top story.
As you would expect from one of the makers of Rick and Morty, there is tons of humor layered throughout the entire experience, right down to the choice of subtitles at the very beginning of the game. While not every sequence hits with the same type of impact, this is one of the few games of any type, let alone one presented in virtual reality, where I laughed out loud quite this much or with such abandon. Again, if a show like Rick and Morty makes you laugh, there’s no doubt you’ll be doing the same here.
With such delightful sequences to experience, even with the expansion, Accounting+ leaves you wanting more in the best way possible. While the branching story is really only affected by simple choices like taking a blue pill versus a red pill, the fact that not every sequence is unlocked after the first playthrough is a good thing. Fortunately, even with repeated plays, finding all of the sequences seems like less of a chore than a fun experience, sort of like revisiting a favorite episode of a popular cartoon series that won’t be named again. And for those sequences that you do unlock, you can easily play them again after returning to the main menu, which is great for showing off to friends.
Score: 5 out of 5 stars.
Accounting+ is available on Viveport or with a Viveport Subscription.