Review – Trover Saves the Universe

I first played Trover Saves the Universe last year at Brasil Games Show and hated my experience with it. It’s not that the game was bad or anything, but the staff handling the Playstation booth had the excellent idea of putting this VR-focused, dialogue-heavy game on a non-VR booth with poor quality headphones. I couldn’t hear the deprived dialogue nor pay attention at how the game handled immersion. With that being said, I was still looking forward to playing it, because I simply can’t say no to something created and endorsed by Rick & Morty‘s Justin Roiland. Now that I have finally played it, I can heave a sigh of relief as the game is as good and totally stupid as I wanted it to be.

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You can actually play Trover without the PSVR visor, but it’s nowhere near as fun or immersive.

I don’t understand why Justin Roiland is so hell-bent on making games for VR systems, but I’m thankful he is. Trover has nothing to do with his other game, Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, though. This game is more similar to Moss, albeit a lot more demented. This might be a VR game, but you still control another character in third-person. The game uses virtual reality to improve its overall depth perception and scope, as you take control of a person sitting on a flying chair who, in turn controls the titular Trover.

You can’t freely control your chair, resorting to the classic VR trope of teleporting from one point to the other. You can move up and down, allowing you to find hidden items, secret passages, and other level elements that couldn’t be otherwise seen on a normal grounded perspective. Trover’s actual controls on the other hand, are beyond simplistic. It’s your basic 3D platformer gameplay: you run, you double jump, you have a small glide, you have a very basic melee attack, and so on. I’m grateful that the developers have decided to keep the overall gameplay to the most basic it could be, as this wasn’t supposed to be the star of the show.

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I hate this guy so much and so will you.

Being a game created by Justin Roiland, you know what to expect regarding style and delivery. It looks and sounds just like Rick & Morty, for better and for worse. It retains the same visual style of simplistic and occasionally grotesque alien characters and lush environments. Everyone looks really stupid, as if they had been drawn by a four year old and yet, it works so well.

The voice acting is pure bliss. I never thought I’d see the day in which something made by Roiland would surpass the vulgarity and ridiculousness of Rick & Morty, but here we are. Trover Saves the Universe is hysterically funny from start to finish, retaining that whole dialogue style in which you don’t know if Roiland is just improvising names and entire pages of dialogue on the fly. Whatever the case may be, it’s amazing. It’s even more ridiculous than the most ridiculous episode of Rick & Morty you can think of, even if none of the characters are nowhere near as charismatic as that show’s titular duo. I didn’t mind that anyway, since this is a game in which everyone is intentionally unlikable.

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Trover is like what Morty would be if he had self-confidence. And a Rolls-Royce. And if he was purple.

Dialogue alone can’t save a game if it isn’t fun to play, and even though Trover is a simplistic title in that regard, it’s still very fun. In fact, this is one of the very few games I’ve felt inclined to get a platinum trophy, something I almost never give a crap about. Not because it’s easy, but because it forces you to do hilarious things in order to get achievements. I don’t want to spoil them for you, but all I can say is that I even felt like replaying it just so I could experience the stupidity once again in order to get the handful of trophies I was missing. I mean, who doesn’t like to laugh while playing?

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Stuff of my nightmares.

Trover Saves the Universe is a godsend to fans of Rick & Morty, as well as VR enthusiasts in general. Not only is this an absolutely hilarious game, but it’s also another great example of how to translate third-person gameplay into virtual reality. Moss and Astro Bot have done that before, and now Justin Roiland and his team have proven have joined the club. With that said, this is a game purely and simply made for fans of Rick & Morty and dark humor in general. If you don’t like that show or you get offended too easily, Trover will not make you change your mind. Thankfully enough, I love dumb humor, so I had a blast with Trover Saves the Universe. I can’t wait for the sequel, if they ever decide to make one!


Graphics: 7.5

The same art style featured in Rick & Morty, but with a lot more color and weird imagery, if that’s even possible.

Gameplay: 7.5

The actual platforming and combat are beyond simplistic, but the game does an excellent job at using virtual reality in order to simulate depth of perception in third-person, just like in Moss.

Sound: 10

The same kind of bonkers voice acting featured in Rick & Morty. It’s more of the same, maybe even more foul-mouthed this time around. It’s fantastic for fans, such as myself.

Fun Factor: 8.0

If you’re a fan of Rick & Morty, then Trover will feel like the gift from the gods. It’s absolutely hilarious and it features simple, but passable gameplay. If you’re not a fan of the show, then just skip it, as Trover will do nothing to convince you otherwise.

Final Verdict: 8.0

Trover Saves the Universe is available now on PS4 and PC.

Reviewed on PSVR.