My Experience with Mobile VR
Being new to Virtual Reality, hoping to one day become a VR developer, I haven’t had too much experience with playing around with VR games and platforms. However, after finishing my first class in the VR Developer Udacity Nano degree course it has definitely peaked my interest to check out some mobile VR applications.
I have found two applications I really enjoy! These mobile apps not only comprise of what a VR game should have but, even what any game itself should contain to make it a fun experience!
Mobile VR games : Maze Walk
The two games I’ve checked out for a mobile VR application to play on my downtime, as well as inspiration, are Maze Walk and Sisters. Maze Walk VR is a VR game where your objectives are to get all the coins and then escape the maze to move on to the next level.
It’s pretty straight forward and what I like about it is of course the graphics are nice and comfortable, I can see and read everything when I play it. But, what I really like about it is the required movement you need in order to control your player.
Since Google Cardboard only has the top trigger the developers of this mini VR game made the player only moveable if you “bob” your head up and down as sort of a walking effect to get around the maze. At first I thought it was a bit strange but, realized if I walked in place, as the game instructs you to do, and bobbed my head up and down to actually feels like I’m walking to get around! Overall, the game is fun and it definitely has what any game needs to make it engaging and fun for the user.
Now, Sisters as the other Mobile VR application is a totally different story. This game is creepy!! The first time I played it I didn’t even use the Google Cardboard headset I was too scared. I’m a huge fan of scary movies and even listen to scary stories from Reddit read by YouTubers in my downtime, but even being in a well lit room with no headset I just took one look at the game and I knew that I would get really scared playing with the Google Cardboard on.
Sisters, like Maze Game VR, has good graphics nothing that would make you sick or be confused on what something is. The difference is there is no controlling the player’s movements-which definitely adds to the suspense and the fear of the game- you can only turn your head side to side in shock as to what you may see next.
What I really like about it however, is the music and audio. It definitely boosts up the scare level in this game making it pretty frightening to play! It definitely added to my enjoyment of a creepy feel and I’m sure the sound will make you enjoy it as well!
Why These Games should be in VR and the Verdict
Above all, these two games are a lot of fun and very different from each other. From the movement being controllable in one game to the shocking sounds for maximum scare effect used in the other they both have fun aspects of making them VR game.
You couldn’t possibly have the same feeling when you play Maze Walk without moving your head up and down and walking in place without it being a VR game. As well as Sisters with its scary soundtrack and dark graphics being right in front of your eyes gives it that ultra freaky feel!
These two games are great and if you are interested in VR, or if you just like smartphone application games, I would encourage you to check them out!
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