By Quentin H. / May 1st, 2018
Platform(s): PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Steam VR
Publisher(s): Project Flight School Inc.
Release Date: Out Now
Flight School Studio Website
Island Time VR is one of those very few VR games that happens to be a perfect party game that is as much fun to watch on the TV as it is for the person actually playing in VR. The goal of the game is deceptively simple: survive on a tiny virtual island for as long as possible. That sounds simple, but the actual execution of it is anything but.
Island Time VR starts with you on an island surrounded by a fire pit, bamboo, a boombox radio, bushes, coconut trees, water, a crate with supplies inside…and Carl the Crab (voiced by Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller), who constantly talks to you throughout your time on the island. During my hands-on demo time with Island Time VR, I found that the most pressing need your character will always have (and how I died most often) is hunger. To stave off that end for as long as possible, I was constantly trying to figure out how to forage for more food. I made a spear (more on crafting in a moment) to knock some coconuts down from trees and to spear fish in the water (that I would then have to cook). Island Time VR is designed so that where your next meal is what will be driving your gameplay strategy the most- and no, you can’t eat Carl the Crab.
Crafting is surprisingly simple and rather intuitive. If you open the crate at the start of your adventure (before it floats back away- as your survival time in Island Time VR gets longer and longer, you’ll get more intermittent supply crates floating in one at a time), you’ll find supplies such as flint inside. You can then knock the two pieces of flint against each other several times on top of some nearby wood, and you’ll ignite it. One of the most important tools you’ll make, a spear, is created by just holding a piece of flint with a piece of bamboo that you’ll pluck from the ground on top of each other. You can even have items interact in ways that you aren’t expecting them to – like combining a log with bamboo to make a device to bash seagulls with (who try to steal your things as they dive bomb your island) or setting your boom box on fire.
During my time with Island Time VR, I died. A lot. Stab the fish, eat coconuts, make things, scare off seagulls, try not to burn yourself to death while making fires – and the list just keeps going on with everything I have to do to live. But every time I died, I learned a little bit more in order to keep myself alive just a little bit longer. This is a seriously fun game that is easy to just say:
“…One more time. Just once more. Okay, twice more.”
How long do you think you can survive on the island? Have you picked up Island Time VR yet?
Let us know in the comments below!
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