Well, this is a little new for OnePlus. The company has announced a new game, called Crackables, which has been developed in partnership with Google and will be available to play straight from a website — though it can only be access on a mobile device, so keep that in mind.
The game is set to begin on Tuesday, September 18, at 8 a.m. (ET), and according to OnePlus, is “comprised of a series of compelling puzzles that need a combination of skill and speed to complete.” The puzzles are “both digital and physical,” and players will progress through the levels until OnePlus selects winners.
To progress, however, you have to be quick. Only the first 1,000 people to get through the first three challenges will be eligible to continue playing the game. Players will then be sent an actual microcontroller, which they can use to finish the final puzzle, and ultimately win the game. According to OnePlus, the prize for winning will be a $30,000 “ultimate gaming setup.” There will also apparently be a number of mysterious prizes awarded to second and third place winners.
We were actually able to test the game for a few minutes before the launch, and found it to be an interesting concept. You’ll start by getting a rundown of the goal of the game, after which the different puzzles will start. One puzzle, for example, involves memorizing different sequences and tapping on bubbles after demonstrations. The games get increasingly difficult too, so those into puzzle games will enjoy the challenge.
The game was developed by Sleep Deprivation Lab and it is certainly an interesting concept. With a mix of physical and digital puzzles, it could be one of the first games of its kind. It’s also interesting that the game was developed in partnership with Google. According to OnePlus, Google’s APAC division was closely involved in the development of the game.
It also comes soon before the expected release of the OnePlus 6T — which is expected to be announced sometime in the next few months. In general, the phone is expected to boast a new design with a smaller notch, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, at least 64GB of RAM, and, according to rumors, a tri-lens camera. The phone will likely be priced far cheaper than other flagship phones for the year, as OnePlus phones often are, and will come with a relatively stock Android experience, too.