Oculus Rift Game Reviews – Waltz of the Wizard

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There is certainly no shortage of VR games that make you feel like a wizard that is for sure. As a fan of Harry Potter, I am always looking for that VR experience that is going to make me feel like I am in Hogwarts. While I must admit right off the bat that Waltz of the Wizard isn’t quite as “Harry Potter” as I would have liked. It is a solid experience and one that I feel if they were to make a sequel, building upon this would be very “spellbinding” indeed.

The game sees you in this creepy tower. They absolutely nailed the atmosphere here and at first you kind of wonder what the heck you are supposed to do. Well, you have a “friend” in the form of a spirit trapped inside a skull that is there to help you. This is funny, annoying and helpful all rolled into one. Here you can learn about your powers and mess around with the cauldron. A huge part of the fun of the game for me was finding all the stuff that is hidden. Mixing potions in your cauldron to come up with new spells is something that is so well done I really wish there was more of it.

You can blast things with a fireball or you can use a mystic looking crossbow. There is not a whole lot to the game in all honesty and you will probably blow through all that it has to offer in just a couple of hours. However, Waltz of the Wizard is a free VR experience for the Oculus Rift and I must say that this is one of the most polished free VR experiences I have had with my Oculus Rift. Some might say it is short, lacking in things to do and so on. However, for something that is free it is actually pretty damn good.

It is the kind of thing you can fire up every now and again and mess around by casting spells and using the cauldron to mix potions. There are only a handful of things you can place into the cauldron and there are eight (I am pretty sure it is eight) spells and they are all fun to mess around with. Finding out about different dimensions and maybe even going a little bit to the dark side are some of the most fun I have had pretending to be a VR wizard.

You may be thinking that I am not saying a great deal about Waltz of the Wizard for the Oculus Rift, but truth be told there is not a huge amount to this. It is a fun experience that is for sure and for free I guess you cannot complain about the lack of content. I am really, really hopeful that a lot of people like this game and the developers do not throw in the magic towel and make a full-on release with this magical engine they have created.

Pros:

You feel like a wizard

You can mess around with different spells

The controls are very easy to get to grips with

The game is free!

The skull has a strange sense of humor

Cons:

Could have used a few more spells

Oculus Rift Game Reviews – Spider-Man: Far From Home Virtual Reality

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I played the heck out of the Spider-Man: Homecoming demo that was put out for that movie on the PlayStation VR and had a great time with it. Well, to celebrate the awesome, Spider-Man: Far From Home movie, another free tie in was made, but this time it is the Oculus Rift I am checking it out on. This is 100 percent free so do not come into this thinking you are getting 10 plus hours of gameplay here. It is a fun way to pretend you are Spider-Man and it actually works far better than you would think.

The best part about Spider-Man: Homecoming VR was the part when it finally let you start web slinging around New York City. The problem was the part you had to do before that while not horrible, was not quite as much fun. Spider-Man: Far From Home VR fixes this problem and the majority of this experience is all about web slinging and I must admit that I felt it works better here than it did in the first game.

There is a robotic menace causing trouble and only our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is up to the task of keeping the city safe. You will be zipping all over the city, taking down these drone looking things, all the while keeping your eyes open for the “larger menace” that is causing havoc. It is actually done quite well, the presentation for a free game and a game that was clearly put together in a short time frame is actually rather well done. It is kind of like a tech demo in many ways, but a very polished one. The fun presentation happens right at the start as unlike the first game, here you have multiple spider suits that you can wear which if you have seen the movie is a great deal of fun.

The controls in Spider-Man: Far From Home VR work great. You use each hand as your web slinging action and it feels so, so satisfying when you get this down. I could easily spend 30 minutes or so just web slinging around and having a great time doing so. The shooting of your webs at the drones is good and probably the weakest part of the game. I know that sounds odd, but the actual shooting works great, but it is the reloading that lets this gameplay mechanic down. You see in order to reload your webs, you have to shoot “off-screen” this works in other similar games (rail shooters) here though as you are so fluid when web slinging it can be easy when you mean to reload to fire a line of web somewhere you do not mean to.

For a free game, I actually feel that Spider-Man: Far From Home VR offers you a lot of fun. The web slinging, in particular, is very well done and I could see them making a whole game out of this. It is far better done than the Homecoming VR experience and as it is free, you really have no excuse not to give this one a try.

Pros:

You feel like you are Spider-Man

Four different Spider suits to wear

The game is far more polished than you would think

Web slinging is very satisfying

Shooting down drones is fun

Cons:

The reloading can be a bit annoying

It does make you wish it was a full game

Oculus Rift Game Reviews – Raccoon Lagoon

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I am surprised that there are not more games that try and emulate what games such as Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley do! Well, that is kind of what they are going for with Racoon Lagoon and it is done very, very well. If you want a cute, relaxing and also pretty darn deep kind of VR experience for your Oculus Rift then be sure to take a closer look at Racoon Lagoon.

The story of Racoon Lagoon is very cute. There is this ragtag group of raccoons that end up shipwrecked on an island…. An island that has a broken heart. So, you need to help the raccoons settle on this new island, but you also need to deal with the islanders and help them and also help mend the broken heart of the island. It is done is a fun way and I actually found myself caring about some of the characters that I was dealing with.

The way that you play the game is rather interesting. The game is all about looting and trading. You need to get something for a particular character, but 99/100 you need someone from another character to make a trade. You can find plenty of items in the wild, but there is a kind of interesting puzzle mechanic at play here as you talk to people and trade stuff. The game also has currency that you can use and earn. This is pivotal as there are some items in the game you can only get by purchasing them.

It is pretty cool in the way that just as you feel you have seen all the game has to offer it tries to spice things up. I was not expecting as many biomes as there were (there are eight) and each one brings with it, its own set of challenges, people and things for you to do. I was actually very impressed with how much content Racoon Lagoon has packed into it. This is a game that is certainly going to keep you very busy. What I really like about this game is that it gives you a kind of relaxing experience, but at the same time it really does make you think. It is the trading of items that I really liked; in many ways, it reminds me of The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening when you have to trade up items in that game.

As you can see from the screenshots, Racoon Lagoon has a ton of style in the visual department. I could easily see them making some great merch for this game. While the visuals are fantastic and certainly cute, it is the “visuals” that are causing the most problems with this game. The movement in the game is not teleportation based and as a result this is a game that is well known for making people feel motion sick. I did not get it too bad, but after one session of close to an hour, I must admit I was feeling it. I do hope that they tinker with the movement in a future update.

I think that Racoon Lagoon for the Oculus Rift is a very, very charming game. It is like part Animal Crossing, party Stardew Valley and a sprinkling of Link’s Awakening too. It is very well made and while the motion sickness may be an issue for some, it is a game that made me smile the whole time I was playing it.

Pros:

The visuals are fantastic

The style of the game has a lot of charm

I like the way you trade with characters

Plenty of missions to do and people to talk to

It is very easy to get into

Cons:

May cause pretty bad motion sickness

Might be a bit too “cute” for some