Your Oculus Go is there to give you all kinds of amazing experiences. From climbing Mount Everest, swimming with sharks and fighting Darth Vader with a lightsaber. VR is there to let you do things that you may not be able to do in your real life. So when you hear that there is an Oculus Go game based on the board game of Catan it may make you scratch your head.
The thing is, the Oculus Go is able to recreate what it is like to play a board game perfectly! I thought before I played this “what is the point?” but then I realized that about an hour had passed and I was hooked. So please do not just pass this off as something weird and pointless as Catan VR is a ton of fun.
The idea of Catan is that you are a settler who has come to an uncharted island and this island is now called Catan. The other people who are playing have also discovered this island and you will need to work, trade and deceive in order to be the number one settler on the island. I know that it sounds like Catan is going to be a very complicated game to learn to play, but it is not. This is especially true for this VR version of the game as it has a great tutorial and it is much more interesting than reading the instructions or even worse having one of your buddies poorly read them to you.
One of the things that Catan VR does really well is make you feel like you are on an island. While you are actually playing the board game in VR. The setting is really cool and while this is a game that keeps you on your toes, the setting is quite relaxing.
You can play against the AI which is what I did as I was learning the game. What is really cool about this is that the people who made this game got help from the creator of Catan, Klaus Teuber. No one knows the game better than him and as a result the AI actually gives you a really good game when you play. I found this to be a fun way to learn the basics of the game. I must though admit that the AI can sometimes be really cheap which can be annoying.
The real draw with Catan VR though is the online multiplayer. You can play with people you actually know and this is very easy to set up. Or you can just jump in and play with random people. I managed to always find a game really fast and it was very interesting to see the different skill levels of the opponents you face.
Look I know that playing a board game may not be the most exciting thing to do with your Oculus Go, but Catan VR is actually a lot of fun. It is especially great when you play against another human player and you can match wits. If you are looking for a slightly different game to play with your Oculus VR, Catan VR is well worth taking a look at.
Catan is a fun board game
It is easy to learn
It teaches you how to play very quickly
The presentation is very relaxing
Playing online is a lot of fun
The AI can be cheap
8 bucks is a little steep for a VR board game