The photorealism did the trick, up until the game told me to start walking around. Suddenly I became very aware that I could easily crash into the walls of my very small room.
The game is designed to prevent that, however. Any time you get within a foot or so of a wall, a bluish outline appears in front of the wall that resembles a glowing 3D version of an excel spreadsheet.
With controllers in each hand that appear as floating gloves in the game, I started at base camp, where I picked up an apple and placed it on the altar for the Puja ceremony - a tradition that asks the gods to bless the Sherpas and climbers before the mountaineering portion of the expedition.
A raven landed on a pole that towered above me, a good-luck symbol before the journey.
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I soon found myself crossing a frozen ladder above a steep drop-off, anxiously feeling that I would fall to my death if I slipped through the rungs. I made it across thanks to my floating gloved hands, which I used to hold the ropes on either side of me.
These hands turned out to be even more essential for the next challenge, as I spent what felt like an eternity ascending a vertical ice wall using a pick in my left hand and a rope in my right. Just as it looked like I was getting to the top, the rope became detached from the wall and all of the climbers, myself included, had to scramble the rest of the way up using two ice picks instead of one.
At the summit I was given the challenge of precisely placing a flag donning the words "Everest" at the very top, which was oddly harder to do than it looked. Having completed the task, I was given the option of entering "God Mode," one of the features that Sólfar recently updated, allowing me to shrink or grow myself to any size and teleport to other spots in the Himalayan mountain range.
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In God Mode, I hopped around to different peaks and took in the beauty of Everest from several vantage points, and particularly enjoyed adjusting myself to various dimensions. I viewed Everest as both a tiny speck and as an enormous giant, Alice in Wonderland style.
Sólfar designed their Everest experience with the intention of giving the less adventurous a little taste of what it's like to be on top of the world.
"We hope that those of us who will never have the thrill of climbing Everest can get a sense for what it feels like to be there, through the power of VR done well, to take us to impossible places," Gunnarsson said.
"[I want people] to feel the sense of vertigo, risk and exhilaration that climbers aspire to in the real world and an appreciation of the beauty of our natural environment, and how precarious our foothold on it really is," he added.
Sólfar has several other VR applications on the market, but Gunnarsson said they're currently developing something with more of a competitive edge.
"We're hard at work on our first original VR game," he said, "with more details to follow soon."