OPEN ME! is all about boxes: wooden boxes, metal boxes, boxes adorned with hinges and locks and sliding joints… even, in one instance, a box protected by a swivelling security camera. But of course, OPEN ME! isn’t actually about boxes: it’s about the stuff hidden inside them.
Your mission is to open every box the game (and other players) can throw at you – and if that sounds straightforward, prepare to be surprised. The game uses the PS Vita system’s rear camera and augmented reality technology to conjure up containers on any flat surface you choose – and while the first box may be a humble wooden trunk with a lid that's easy to flip up, revealing a tidy chunk of cash inside, the complexity of the containers quickly increases thereafter.
Electronic locks, levers, pressure points and buttons combine to make opening most of the boxes a task for the skilled and the dedicated. The AR effect is brilliantly convincing, allowing you to walk your PS Vita system around each container, viewing its baffling exterior up close and from every angle, testing its surface using intuitive touchscreen controls. Few of the vessels in Open Me! wear their secrets in sight, while many hide bruising booby traps to ward off the unwary, but the greater the challenge, the greater the reward. After some serious head-scratching, it’s a joyous feeling when you discover a new clue or a clever way around a container’s defences.
Crack its unique code and the box in front of you will fly open, letting you grab the prize inside – and some valuable Open Points to boot. These points help to propel you up the online rankings, making friends and fellow fans green with envy… that is, unless they’ve already mastered a few box-cracking tricks of their own.