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2001: A Space Oculus

by zeh - Jam Entry

A simulator of the rescue scene of 2001: A Space Odyssey.


THIS APPLICATION REQUIRES THE OCULUS RIFT. It won't run (well) otherwise. Don't try it if you don't have one around.


You start inside the rescue pod.

Use W/A/S/D to move the pod. The pod doesn't strafe; you have to turn it.

Use Q to move down and E to move up.

Moving in space is difficult. There's no drag. Time your movements well. Don't go too fast!

Your mission is to rescue Dr. Frank Poole who is stranded from the ship (he's right ahead of the pod). Use the arms and claws of the facilitate this task.

Press Z to move the left arm, and V to move the right arm. Every time you press the button, the arms rotate in the opposite direction. It is a little tricky (intentionally).

You can also use X and C for the left claws, and V and B for the right claws. Give it a try and you'll understand.

(In hindsight the controls may be too complicated to perform while blinded by the Oculus Rift. Apologizes for this oversight)

Drag or push Dr. Frank Poole to the floating box in front of the ship to "rescue" him. You'll be timed.

If you just want to hang around, press "J" to eject from the pod. Then you can walk around with W/A/S/D and Q/E.

That's the whole reason I built this, really. Just to float around.


Sometimes the astronaut ragdoll becomes momentarily invisible. Some problem with calculating visible boundaries.


Although most of it has been heavily modified, the original content comes from third parties (hence why this is a Jam entry).

The Skybox was generated with with SpaceScape:

The Discovery model was created by Jestr, Martin Charest, and Matthew Parker:

The Pod model was created by Dave Kleve:

The project was created in Unity, using a trial license of the Pro version.

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gilmore606 says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 8:14pm

Curse you for reminding me that my Rift has not yet arrived. :) Really wish I could be playing this.

GertJohnny says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 11:37pm

I want to play this so bad - yet another reason I should buy an Oculus...

hamster_mk_4 says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 1:20am

Well I don't have one, it is a shame this looked interesting.

Jod says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 12:26pm

Damn, this seems cool. Great that the Rift has a Ludum Dare entry :). Sad I can't play this.

zeh says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 2:30pm

Thanks for the support guys. I realize I was restricting myself quite a bit by making an Oculus Rift-only entry, but so it goes with experiments.

I'll probably have a non-Oculus version ready by next week.

There's also a couple of other Rift-ready games. I'm surprised by the low number, considering how easy it is to create a Rift experience in Unity, but they still seem fun (haven't tried them yet)! Full list here:


Prelucid says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 9:33pm

I tried this on my Oculus. The right camera is all white and washed out.

Prelucid says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 9:35pm

I tried this on my Oculus. The right camera is all white and washed out.

Edit - using a Mac

zeh says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 1:41pm

Sorry Prelucid. It may be a Unity Oculus SDK problem, considering it has just been released for OSX. I'll test it out on Macs next week.

Prelucid says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 6:49pm

Cool. If you're using Unity. You could try changing the depth of both eyes to something higher (1 or 2), and disable any other cameras. Maybe there's a problem related to that. I would love to try this out.

MinionStudios says ...
May 6, 2013 @ 3:58am

I am a huge fan of 2001 and this definitely captures the mood. I hope one day for a Rift, but until then I will cross my eyes and hope.

radmars says ...
May 7, 2013 @ 6:06pm

The controls are pretty hard to use(especially with the oculus on your face), but the overall feeling is magical. There's not much game there, but its surprisingly entertaining to just try to scoot around and try to grab the floating space marine guy, and look at things. great mood. :D

Zim the Fox says ...
May 19, 2013 @ 6:27am

This looks interesting, all right. Alas, no Rift :c

Ingenious, though!

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