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COMPOUND is a vibrant and exciting VR rogue-lite that embraces the 90s


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As someone who was brought up on a diet of 90s FPS games, Im easily enticed by modern video games that embrace the aesthetic of that era.

This is exactly why I purchased the Early Access build of Compound a couple of years ago and why, on this weeks episode of VR Corner, Im showcasing the final 1.0 release of the game.

Compound is a vibrant, exciting and suprisingly punchy VR rogue-lite that features gorgeous retro graphics and a whole lot of fun. Check it out in action in the video below for 30 minutes of totally radical gameplay, yo!


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The first thing youll notice when you watch this weeks VR Corner is just how bright and colourful Compounds visuals are. Theyre garish, yes, but thats in keeping with the 90s style and youll be surprised at how well the chunky, pixellated visuals translate into VR. Make no mistake, even with the cartoony graphics, Compound is still a highly immersive experience.

Maybe its the animations of Compounds humanoid foes and the way they crumple realistically when you shoot them. Maybe its the crunchy, punchy sound effects of the games large variety of weapons – each with its own unique and satisfying reload mechanic. Maybe its the moorish rogue-lite gameplay that can be tailored to your liking with handy mutators so that each run is slightly different. Or maybe its because playing Compound feels like youve climbing inside your memories of 90s gaming and its somehow brought your rose-tinted recollections to life.

Whatever Compounds secret is, and Im pretty sure its a mixture all of the above, its the first actual, non-modded, VR game that Ive been excited to spend an extended amount of time with in ages. If youd like to try out Compound for yourself, its currently only available to buy on Steam, but according to its public roadmap the developer does plan on porting the game to Oculus/Quest 2 at some point post release.

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