Oculus Go Game Reviews – Catan VR

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Catan VR for the Oculus Go is a great take on the very popular board game of the same name (well not the VR part) it is pretty amazing at how well a boardgame translates to the world of VR. If you are looking for a board game type experience to have with your Oculus Go, Catan VR is certainly a game that needs to be on your radar.

The Story

Catan VR despite being based on a board game does actually have a story that runs alongside it. From what I understand it is pretty much the same deal as what is going on with the boardgame. Anyway, there is an island called Catan and you decide that you are going to settle there.

Other people have this same idea and that is cool and all, but you want the best life possible and that is basically the goal and story of the game. Sure, it is not super deep, but in all honesty,  this is a board game in a VR world.

The Gameplay

As far as board games that make the jump to VR go, Catan works very, very well. I have not spent much time with the actual board game, but the trading, deceiving and dealing with other players is all here and it works very well. The game gives you a great view of the table and it is very easy to see all that is going on. Catan VR has a fantastic tutorial that teaches you the basics of the game and I highly recommend that you spend time with that before you jump into the game.

It has matches that you can play against the AI and this is where I cut my teeth with the game. The AI has been developed in part with the creator of the boardgame so that is cool. It also means that the AI can go from giving you a fair challenging to doing what feels like cheating! Once you feel comfortable enough with the way that the game plays, you can jump in and play with friends online. You can also play with random people which is what I did and it was a good experience. The Oculus Go controller works really well and I never had any kind of tracking issues or stuff like that while playing the game.

The Presentation

Ok, so Catan VR for the Oculus Go is a game that is a VR board game so I will admit that there is only so much that they could do. However, I do like the visual style here, you do actually feel like you are on an island and I did like looking around and seeing some of the fun little details that are here. I like the way each player is represented by a fun mask and how their cards are located in front of them.

Overall, everything is bright and colorful enough and the sound design fits in with the style of the game pretty well. It may not win any awards for the presentation, but it more than gets the job done.

Final Thoughts

I had way more fun with Catan VR on my Oculus Go than I thought I would. I know that when you watch gameplay it looks like it is going to be hard to get into. That is not the case thanks to that fantastic tutorial and the way you can play against the AI. The online multiplayer is fun and something I can see many people getting addicted to.

8/10

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