Twin Peaks VR is a new way to experience Lynch and Frost's masterpiece

Twin Peaks VR Red Room
Twin Peaks VR Red Room (Image credit: Windows Central)

Twin Peaks, the episodic brainchild of David Lynch and Mark Frost, first released in 1990, has seen a cult following, unlike any other TV show. The blend of Lynchian surrealism, bizarre characters, and spooky detective work immediately drew me in when I first watched the original run years ago. And not to mention the original soundtrack, which directly takes you back to the West Coast town when it plays. Now fans of the series who just can't get enough of the singular world can experience first-hand what it's like to be part of the mystery with Twin Peaks VR.

Your time in Twin Peaks VR is short and sweet

Don't worry. The real Twin Peaks soundtrack is in the VR experience.

Twin Peaks VR starts with a quick tutorial inside an ethereal lobby to get you up to speed with the VR controls. Teleportation movement and snap turning are your only choices, and a giant phonograph is used to select a level. The experience starts out in the familiar Sheriff's Office and moves into other locales, like the Red Room and the skyscraper, where the glass box is being watched. In each level, you must solve some rather easy puzzles, made easier by hints (in the form of blue hands hovering over your target) that can be turned off. In each level, there are also collectibles to find, which are transported back to the initial lobby to sit on coffee tables once found.

This is definitely an experience designed for fans of Twin Peaks, and anyone not familiar with the series will likely wonder what they just spent their money on. It's not exactly expensive at $10, but it only took me about an hour to run straight through all levels. Finding all collectibles will take longer, and there's even a Steam achievement for completing the experience a second time. I will say Twin Peaks VR is excellent at delivering the tension common in VR horror games, and you will feel the same uneasiness creeping in as when you binge the TV show.

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Twin Peaks VR is an Oculus Rift S ran smoothly on an NVIDIA RTX 2060 graphics card (GPU) and AMD Ryzen 5 2600 processor (CPU), though minimum requirements include a less-beefy NVIDIA GTX 970 GPU and 4th Gen Intel Core i5 CPU. Compatibility includes Oculus Rift and Rift S, HTC Vive, Vive Pro, and Vive Cosmos, and Valve's Index.

Cale Hunt

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