game language: English
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Boneworks has an enigmatic storyline with a strong emphasis on experimenting with advanced object physics. Stress Level Zero studio is responsible for the production of the title, which in its portfolio also has such positions as Duck Season or Hover Junkers. Like most of the previous games of this producer, this one was created mainly for virtual reality sets.
The action of the game takes place in a mysterious virtual complex reminiscent of a real metropolis. Rooms that pretend to be a subway station, a canteen, an office building or a construction site seamlessly connect with each other and have a different meaning for the plot. The whole is the result of calculations carried out by an operating system equipped with a powerful SI. This software, called Myth OS, was created by Monogon Industries, which advertised it as a great alternative to the dangerous, expensive and boring physical existence of the world.
Information about the plot is derived from residual tips found during the game. Most of them are films (which are real actors' recordings) created by other characters in the building, telling the story of Monogon Industries' strategy of action. As history progresses, the protagonist discovers that the city of Myth OS is not as great as it might seem.
Boneworks gameplay is based on physics, dynamic combat and solving puzzles. The behaviour of objects and surroundings is subject to a constant and universal set of rules throughout the game. Thanks to their complexity, we can creatively influence the virtual world, e.g. by moving, throwing or destroying objects. In addition to going through the main stages, which are activated with the help of special red buttons, we can also take care of side mini-games. These include, for example, shooting range exercises, watching interactive exhibits or physical training in the form of boxing and lifting weights. In the game there is also a simple parkour system useful for exploring the complex.
We can use almost anything in our fight against our opponents. Full-fledged weapons include pistols, rifles, weapons for close combat (fire axes, clubs, knives, swords), but to defeat opponents it is enough to skillfully knock down the scaffolding, accurate throw of the object or knock down the enemy from the platform. In the case of firearms, we must take care of the ammunition stock, most often hidden in wooden boxes, possible to destroy with the help of the above mentioned tools for close combat. On our way we meet enemies who fight thoughtlessly with their fists, as well as coordinated soldiers equipped with advanced equipment, which forces us to use different tactics during clashes.
The logical puzzles in Boneworks are also based on playing with physics. It is important to study the highly interactive environment carefully and to use all available mechanics.
The game was created on the basis of Unreal Engine engine, which resulted in a nice graphic design. The creators focused on fine-tuning the visible body parts of our characters, both visually and in terms of their behavior, to make them seem as natural as possible.
Due to the high interactivity of the world and the complexity of Boneworks mechanic, the creators do not recommend the production to people inexperienced in using VR technology, recommending to read the simpler titles first.
Game score 8.8 / 10 calculated out of 32 players' votes.
age requirements: 16+
PC / Windows
Recommended: Intel Core i7-7700K 3.3 GHz, 16 GB RAM, graphic card 8 GB GeForce GTX 1080 or better, 20 GB HDD, Windows 10
Minimum: Intel Quad Core 3.0 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 4 GB GeForce GTX 970 or better, 20 GB HDD, Windows 10