Oculus Quest Game Reviews – Bonfire

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I recently read that Baobab Studios were like the Pixar of virtual reality gaming and I think that is the perfect way to describe them. Their last game, “Crow the Legend” was awesome and their pedigree of hit animated movies does not hurt their reputation either. Today I am looking at Bonfire their latest game and this time it is on the fully wireless Oculus Quest.

The idea of the story is that you are a scout looking for a new planet that mankind can live on. Unfortunately, you suck at your job and you wind up crash landing! You are accompanied by your robot AI who is called, Debbie and who is voiced hilariously by Ali Wong. It is dark and all you have to keep you “safe” is your bonfire.

You can communicate with Debbie and she will let you know what the deal is. However, it is when you meet an inhabitant of this planet called Pork Bun that things really take a fun and interesting turn. Pork Bun is a charming and curious little fellow and the “game” is all about you interreacting with him and deciding if you are going to continue with your mission or if you are going to do what you feel is the right thing to do.

Bonfire I would describe as a family comedy in its tone. It is very, very amusing, but this is a game that also has a lot of heart and it does make you think. Interacting with Pork Bun (and the campfire) feels great with the Oculus Quest and the tracking I felt was absolutely spot on. I am not 100 percent sure the “wireless” nature of the Quest is a huge asset in this game, to be honest with you, but the device from the headset to the controllers handles everything very well.

The presentation of the game is amazing. I would probably say that visually this is one of the most stunning games I have seen on the Oculus Quest. It really does look like a big budget summer blockbuster from Pixar or DreamWorks. The lighting is amazing and the shadows I will admit kept making me think there was something there! The sound is also amazing, especially the voice acting. It really is like you are playing through an interactive movie.

Which really brings me to the only negative that I have when it comes to Bonfire and that is the game’s length. You can get through this in around 30 minutes or so and for a game that costs the better part of 10 bucks that is really short. Yes, this is a wonderful experience and it clearly has had a lot of money spent on it. However, I do feel that a game of this length should be five bucks at the most.

Still even with the rather short length of the game. Bonfire is a game that is very easy to recommend. This is a very high-quality game with some slick production values and a very clever script that is expertly brought to life. If you can stomach that price tag, I have a feeling this will be a VR experience that you talk about for many years to come.


Pros:

The game looks amazing

Ali Wong is amazing as your Ai companion

The “puzzles” are fun to play around with

It is like playing through a Pixar movie

The controls are very easy to figure out

Cons:

Asking price is a tad high

It is a very short experience

Oculus Quest Game Reviews Virtual Virtual Reality

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Bringing Virtual Virtual Reality over from the Oculus Go was a no brainer for the Oculus Quest. I put a lot of time into the Go version so I knew that they could have something very special with the Quest version of the game. Some games simply could not be played any other way than in VR and Virtual Virtual Reality is a prime example of that.

Let me start by saying that you better watch your back next time you yell at your Amazon Alexa to shut up and turn down the volume! You see in Virtual Virtual Reality on the Oculus Quest. The idea is that all this fancy AI we have, making our lives “easier” right now is eventually going to get to a point where it is so smart it questions why it is taking orders from us and not the other way around!

I love the whole tone that Virtual Virtual Reality has and despite having played another version of this game, I still had more than a few chuckles at the rather dry humor the game has. I think that Job Simulator is probably the easiest VR game to compare this to in terms of its tone and actually even in its gameplay as well. The game has a lot more “scenarios” than what Job Simulator offers though.

Actually, there are around 50 different VR worlds that you can dive into when playing Virtual Virtual Reality. You do actually question as the game goes on that if AI did ever rise up would it keep us, humans, around to do its dirty work? There are many different kinds of tasks that the AI will want you to do. These can range from being in a greenhouse type environment and helping a plant workout to taking care of a giant whale that is all dirty!

If you were to sit and look at a list of all the tasks that Virtual Virtual Reality is going to throw your way. What the heck???? Is what you would say over and over again! That is not meant as a negative towards the game, far from it. I love this kind of whacky humor and think that it is a huge part of what gives the game so much charm. It is the kind of game that most people who get into VR will try and get their buddies to play as a way to show off how much fun VR can be.

So, while the game is just as much fun as the version on the Oculus Go, does it play any better thanks to the Oculus Quest being wireless? I would have to say that yes, playing this on the Oculus Quest is the better way to play it. Sometimes you have to turn around a full 360 degrees, you can do that with buttons on the Go, but actually turning around with the Oculus Quest and not getting strangled by cables makes the experience so much more immersive.

I was not sure if playing through this game again would do it for me, but it certainly did. Virtual Virtual Reality on the Oculus Quest is a really fun and interesting game. It has many puzzles to figure out and the setting and story are very amusing and well done. I would even say that the game is very easy on the eyes and also has some very nice voice acting that will make you laugh on more than one occasion.

Pros:

50 VR worlds to experience

Lots of funny puzzles

You never know what is coming next

Is even better thanks to the Oculus Quest being wireless?

The humor is dry and very funny

Cons:

The game is priced at the higher end of the pricing spectrum

Even with the vast amount of VR worlds, the game is over pretty quickly

Oculus Quest Game Reviews – Journey of the Gods

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Journey of the Gods is one of the biggest games of the Oculus Quest launch window. This is actually the second game that the good folks at Turtle Rock Studios produced for the new VR headset and it is by far the better of the two games. Nintendo tried to bring VR to Breath of the Wild, but it did not work that well. In all honesty, an approach similar to what Turtle Rock Studios has done with Journey of the Gods is what they should have done.

This is a single player RPG style game (well more like an RPG lite kind of game) with plenty of puzzles to solve and monsters to fight! The game is set in a world that could very well be on the brink of destruction. However, it is up to you to go and find and learn the different powers of the gods to save the day. For me, the story (while not bad) is not the greatest, but it does give you more than enough reason to go from point a to point b.

As one of the “exclusive” games for the Oculus Quest, Journey of the Gods does make good use of the wireless nature of the device. You can actually play this while sitting down, but I found standing up and actually feeling like I was in the game was the better way to play it. The Oculus Quest works very well and no matter if it is swinging your sword or reloading the crossbow it feels and works like a charm.

The game may look like it is open world, but it is more linear than you may think. Each area is a nice enough size and you can explore a bit, but you are always being moved in the right direction. You will have to fight off various creatures and also solve puzzles. As this is an RPG style game you also have upgrades. You need to collect items to do these upgrades as you would expect. However, you have to wait until you are in between levels to do your upgrades! I do wish they allowed you to do this whenever you had the resources instead of making you wait.

Getting access to the god powers is really cool. Using lighting was actually the one that I found the most useful. Also, you need to collect these purple crystals and these will build up and let you do things like slowing down the passage of time and being able to move trees and so on. These “powers” are truly awesome and I was always excited to see what the game was going to allow me to do next.

The presentation of Journey of the Gods is fantastic. It has that same, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild look to it and it really does make the whole world pop. The different enemy designs that they have gone for are very creative and in all, the presentation does a great job in getting you sucked into this world.

I think that Journey of the Gods is a really solid game. It is one of the more expensive Oculus Quest launch titles, but I also feel it is one of the best. It offers a lot of gameplay and it is a game that I had a great time with. If you want a game for your Oculus Quest that is the blend of RPG and action, you will struggle to find one better than this right now.

Pros:

Controls work perfectly

Using different abilities is a lot of fun

Some of the puzzles are very clever

Lots of fighting action!

Plenty of upgrades to try and obtain

Cons:

Having to wait until the end of a section to upgrade

The story could have been a tad better