An idyllic platformer proves once again the potential of the external perspective in VR. In VRosty, you control a snowman like a puppet.
The concept behind the VR game VRosty is as creative as it is obvious: Why shouldn’t gamers be able to guide their jump-‘n’-run hero through his idyllic ice world like a puppet? Indie developer TomyHorst is currently tinkering with a sensible implementation of such controls.
After the heat wakes the little snowman from a long dream, he needs your help to find the reason for the rise in temperature and to stay cool. Your task is to keep a protective hand over him as he travels through about 30 levels of platforming, both figuratively and literally. His world also features physics-based puzzles and 100 snowflakes to collect per level.
Innovative VR game with puppet controls
“The snowman stays under your hand when you hold down the A button – something like a puppet,” the creator explains on Reddit, “You move yourself through the level as a VR puppeteer using the thumb stick and Smooth Locomotion, pulling VRosty along with you.”
The trailer shows off desert levels, VRosty’s snowball attacks, and twisting puzzles.
A SteamVR version is planned for 2023, and a version for Meta Quest 2 is also already in the works. Strange enough: The developer is not sure yet if he will support hand tracking on Meta’s VR headset.
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