[VR Experience] TWIN PEAKS
On December 5th, 2019, somewhere off the I-5 in Glendale a portal to another dimension was open. Deep in a forest, past a pool of crimson blood, is a large room with a black and white chevron floor enclosed by four heavy red velvet drapes known as the Red Room. Things keep disappearing and reappearing and voices speak in reverse. It is an odd place showcased in the television show Twin Peaks, from the brilliant minds of David Lynch and Mark Frost. This year Showtime and David Lynch have teamed up with Collider to allow viewers to open up portals to the Red Room in their own home with a new VR experience.
This past Friday, Twin Peaks VR was released on steam for viewers to play with HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, or Valve Index. Nightmarish Conjurings was able to attend the release party and get a sneak peek of the VR experience as well as meet some of the actors from the show, drink some damn fine coffee, and eat some tasty Pie Hole pies.
Still from Twin Peaks VR
As a fan of Twin Peaks, the VR experience was very true to the television show. The demo I experienced showcased scenes from the police station, forest, and the Red Room that felt like they were taken straight out of the show.  Easter eggs are hidden throughout the game that reward Twin Peaks fans including the bloody towel and Laura’s diary. Players are tasked with exploring the environments to find clues and solve puzzles. Although the game can be completed in one hour, players who take their time and explore will likely take much longer. The mechanics and visuals of the game are solid. There is a fair amount of action required by the player to teleport and pick up items around the space using handheld controllers. Like the show, the game is creepy and bizarre with an eerie general feel. Not being a gamer, I found some of the puzzles to be somewhat difficult and not very intuitive. Particularly, in the Red Room, (which is to be expected given the otherworldly properties of the Black Lodge). Although anyone who enjoys immersive puzzle games will likely find the Twin Peaks VR enjoyable, fans will likely appreciate this game a lot more than the average gamer.

The Twin Peaks VR experience will transport you into the show and let you discover the mystery behind the disappearance of Laura Palmer. If you’re anything like me, it will also inspire you to grab a cup of coffee and a slice of pie and rewatch the series all over again. Twin Peaks VR is now available for $9.99 and more info can be found by visiting www.twinpeaks-vr.com.

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