A downloadable game for Windows

Liquid Marx,

a game developed for HTC Vive. 

Karl Marx, his theory and its social consequences are a highly political and emotional subject matter. Game mechanics in contrast over stories have the characteristic of de emotionalizing subject matters. Liquid Marx is a serious VR game whose core game mechanic is constructed upon the quantitative economic theory of Karl Marx and uses glasses with liquids as metaphors for the different quantities.

The game mechanics are split into two main layers. On the strategic layer the game is about maximizing one of those quantities over a certain period of time. On an operational layer the game is about mixing and managing the glasses representing the different quantities.

Virtual Reality (VR) often brings itself the problem of cyber sickness. On the positive side it provides a far better spatial impression of the simulated scene and allows for different interaction mechanics usually evolving around the controllers and the improved spatial impression. Liquid Marx minimizes cyber sickness by putting the player more or less stationary into the center of a round table where all interaction relevant objects are placed on. The technical focus of this VR implementation is placed on the glass and fluid interaction. The fluid simulation is physically motivated but not accurate. On one hand this makes the simulation believable. On the other hand it avoids usability problems like swapping or spilling  of the fluid.    


The beta version has been udated on 05/28/19. As a result from several playtests two introductury rooms have been added, that guide the player into the core game mechanics.

Christoph Lürig
Department of Computer Science
University of Applied Science Trier

Install instructions

Program is developed for HTC Vive. Download and decompress ZIP file.  Please post any bugs found in the discussion board.


LiquidMarxBeta.zip 251 MB