Gamescom 2019 Interview: Who Would Steal and Hide Lots of Pets?

There wasn’t a lot of virtual reality (VR) title at Gamescom 2019 which could have been called cute, but Fast Travel Games’ (Apex Construct) latest The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets would certainly fit the bill. Offering a demo of the first level during the annual videogame event, VRFocus also had time to chat with James Hunt, the guy who came up with the idea for the title in the first place.

Due for release later this year for PlayStation VR, Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality headsets, The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets is a charming puzzle title involving floating 3D worlds. As the name of the videogame implies each level involves finding a selection of missing pets hidden in the landscapes.

Featuring stop-motion character animations for a suitable cartoon feel, in the demo level three of the little critters had to be found in amongst the scenery. With plenty of the landscape being interactive, at it’s simplest the pets were located inside a bush whilst at its most complicated the puzzles became a little more elaborate.

“Guided by the voice of your grandfather, travel back to the imaginative adventures of your childhood and the worlds you created together. Revisit a joyful past and the troubled relationship with your sister. You will come to realize things about yourself you forgot decades ago,” explains the story synopsis.

VRFocus previewed The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets, saying: “Fast Travel Games isn’t going for hardcore puzzle gameplay here as you’d find in Gadgeteer or Transpose. The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets even made it onto VRFocus’  ‘Favourite VR Games From Gamescom 2019‘ list, highlighting the fact it did make VRFocus smile.”

Check out the interview with Hunt below, who reveals how the project came to life and the story behind the gameplay. Or take a look at VRFocus other interviews from Gamescom including Somnium Space, Pixel Reef, Dark Curry, Carbon Studio and Cortopia Studios. For further updates from Fast Travel Games including the released date for The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets, keep reading VRFocus.

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