Trippy arcade shooter Polybius comes to PC with VR support

Audio player loading…

Jeff Minter's trippy tunnel shooter Polybius (opens in new tab) has wriggled free of its Sony exclusivity and is now out on Steam. You can play it on a normal monitor but if you have an Oculus Rift S, one of the best VR headsets, you can also play in VR (opens in new tab), which Minter says is the best way to play.

You pilot a ship through 50 psychedelic levels set to a trance-y soundtrack, blasting enemies and dodging dangers. You can fly through boost gates to increase your speed—the faster you go, the higher your score multiplier, but the harder it'll be to avoid trouble.

Powerup pills will give you special abilities, such as slowing down time, super-speed or invincibility. You won't come across any bosses and you'll never have to redo sections if you die, the idea being that it'll bring you a "euphoric flow state, and keep you there the whole time you are playing". Who doesn't want that?

It has three modes: normal is the most forgiving, and lets you restart any level you've reached, complete with your best-ever lives and score total. In Pure mode, you start from the beginning of the game and see how far you get, while in Endurance you get a limited number of lives.

It was well-received on PS4, and the Steam reviews (opens in new tab) are already looking positive. If you want in, it's $18/£14 (opens in new tab).

And if you're looking for other games for your headset, we just published our list of the best VR games of 2018 (opens in new tab).

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.