Over the few years, there's been an undeniable rise in the number of interactive experiences arising in the gaming landscape. Unlike earlier video games where skill and progression were key components of the experience, these titles are set of driving the player through an engaging and memorable journey. While the value of these titles is sometimes questionable, their lasting effect often makes them worthwhile.
Accounting is an example of one of these interactive experiences, without the weight of fulfilling the value demanded by consumers. As a free-to-play title available via the Steam store, the absence of this burden has clearly given the game's developer, Crows Crows Crows, some additional creative freedom.
With input from minds behind The Stanley Parable and Adult Swim's Rick and Morty, Accounting is an amalgamation of two separate mediums which both have similar approaches to their ideas. These two experiences come together into what couldn't be a more natural package, with clear influences from previous work of all of those involved.
Accounting is a game that benefits hugely from support for the HTC Vive
Accounting puts players into the role of an office worker, where virtual reality accounting is an up-and-coming technology. Traveling through a range of different worlds, players uncover the game's narrative (which, as you can probably guess, has nothing to do with being an accountant). Although the story isn't a huge component of the game's strongest moments, the progression of the plot still contributes to the humor of the experience. What starts off as an unoriginal office simulator soon spirals into a quirky disarray of chaotic events.
Bringing forward the comedy of the team's previous work means that Accounting isn't for everyone, but still unique gem for those drawn towards the style. Humor is often found out of darker concepts, which is likely nothing new for fans of Rick and Morty.
Whether you're threatening to kill the 'King of Virtual Reality' or drinking stomach acid, each of Accounting's scenarios is strange but enjoyable. The unforgettable nature of the narrative also extends to the game's characters, with a small but well-expressed cast.
Accounting will be a short experience for many, albeit a noteworthy one
Despite the linear story Accounting presents, the gameplay still gives players a limited amount freedom within its level design. By dividing the experience up install smaller segments, gameplay is spread across several small sandboxes. While some offer more experimentation that others, each of them feel immersive and fully realized.
Complemented by a minimalistic art style which lends itself well to virtual reality, Accounting is a game that benefits hugely from support for the HTC Vive. While games of a similar genre have seen positive reception without VR support, the genre's arrival on the platform differentiates itself from other titles on the market. The HTC Vive is still in its early months, and seeing a title of such quality raises the bar for narrative experiences on the platform.
If I had one complaint about Accounting, it would simply be the length of the experience. Coming in at just under half an hour for my first playthrough, I only wanted to continue exploring the world it creates. With limited replayability due to its linear design, Accounting will be a short experience for many, albeit a noteworthy one.
But as a free download for the HTC Vive, it's hard to criticize the length of the experience. With only a few outstanding titles available on the platform, it's hard to fault such a high-quality experience being offered free of charge.
Although Accounting is in no way a system seller, it's hard to not recommend the experience to any HTC Vive owners
Although Accounting is in no way a system seller, it's hard to not recommend the experience to any HTC Vive owners. Available as a free download from the Steam store, the game sets the bar for interactive experiences on the platform. While short with little replayability, Accounting is outstanding experience against the existing VR library.