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5 Cool Optical Illusion Video Games To Play Right Now

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Your eyes work in constant unison with your brain and it is your brain that can play grueling tricks on your eyes. There are three types of optical illusions: literal illusions, psychological illusions, and cognitive illusions. A literal illusion is when the image you see differs from the image that make it up, a psychological illusion is an interaction of logical and empirical considerations (involving light, color, movement, and size), and a cognitive illusion is usually a picture used to show an ambiguous image or images (mostly researched by scientists and psychologists). 

Video games with optical illusions is something you would least expect to see. In Nintendo’s Super Mario 64 and Super Mario 64 DS, there is an obstacle called the endless stairs, within the Mushroom Castle. The endless stairs can be found behind the final Big Star Door, leading to the final level, Bowser in the Sky. If you have fewer than 70 Power Stars in Super Mario 64 or fewer than 80 Power Stars, you can still enter the Big Star Door, but will endlessly run up the flight of stairs and never reach the top. 5 cool video games with optical illusions to play right now are?

How to Get Up the Endless Stairs in Super Mario 64

5. I Spy Universe (2010): 

Developed and published by Scholastic Corporation, in 2010, the space-themed gameplay, I Spy Universe became available for Nintendo DS. For those enthusiastic about the I Spy series of books, can put their habitual searching skills to the test. Each puzzle consists of a picture puzzle filled with a rhyming riddle and small items. The objective is to find all of the hidden items like a detective. 

4. Perfect Angle:

Back in 2015, Perfect Angle was released, where you can find the perfect angle by rotating the camera, discovering a mystery. Sharpen your perception and refresh your eyes with breaks, only to experience over 100 puzzles (with no structure or logic). To avoid listening to the background music and/or the narrator, slip on some durable earphones.

Perfect Angle - Trailer

3. Anamorphosis: 

The first-person perspective created by Lucian Chen (the Game Designer of Anamorphosis) on Unity3D, has the goal in each level, to make the exit gate materialize by flattening and volumizing objects. Anamorphosis is available for the PS4 (PlayStation 4). 

2. Monument Valley: 

Just the beauty of the entire game, developed and published by Ustwo, could make you want to play as Princess Ida. Monument Valley’s visual style was inspired by minimalist sculpture, Japanese prints, indie games Windosill, and Sword & Sworcery.

Monument Valley Game Release Trailer by ustwo

1. Superliminal: 

Play the mind-bending, first-person puzzler, Superliminal and you will see why it belongs on the list. After falling asleep at 3:00 A.M., you recall a glimpse of the commercial for Dr. Pierce’s Somnasculpt dream therapy program. When you open your eyes, you are still dreaming and must escape from a dreamworld by solving puzzles, forcing you to think outside of the box. 

Isaiah Joshua is an author and poet and has a love for video games. In May 2016, he graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor's Degree in Cinema Arts and Science. As an avid gamer, some of his favorite games are "WWF No Mercy, Hitman, Manhunt, Sims 3, Mortal Kombat, and Street Fighter. Conscious in gaming culture, he is always researching gaming history, as well as the latest games to write about.