Korean indie developer Nanali Studios have made their virtual reality debut this month by bringing their popular mobile game, Fruit Attacks, over to HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. If you’re not familiar with the game, it follows an alien invasion that was caused by people’s apparently unpleasant (but undeniably healthy) penchant to eat fruit. Fruit Attacks VR places you in the middle of this chaos with the ability to pilot three different robots called SATIs that have powerful sound wave blasts that can destroy these invading fruit.
All of that has now been translated to VR and the game is now available on Steam Early Access for Vive and Rift with a $14.99 price tag. I tried the game using a Vive and really liked the easy handling of the robots’ different shooting styles as well as the fast-paced, arcade-style flow of the game. Fruit Attacks VR will release from Early Access in April when it will simultaneously release on PSVR.
Check out my gameplay video:
Well, it’s true – strawberries, oranges, and bananas have started invading and it’s time to make some fresh-pressed juice. Fruit Attacks VR has a bright, colorful visual design with a light show of flashes and bangs as waves of laser bullets and fruit clash in the air.
It took me a moment or two to get used to the controller mechanics – especially for the robot that makes use of both controllers to shoot bullets in curved trajectories. But overall the gameplay is pretty simple and just consists of standing (or sitting if that’s what you prefer) in one place while switching between the three robots to attack the incoming alien fruit. These aliens vary in type, flying pattern, attack, and attack speed. So the trick is to learn which robot attack works best against which type of alien and flying pattern. It’s pretty much a game of anticipation as you try to foresee where the produce are going, so you can start the attack early enough to get them before they breach your robot’s shield.
As the waves pass, the difficulty ramps up steadily and rather quickly. I would argue that the difficulty curve is a little steep, however, that might be the whole point. Things quickly turn to chaos as the amount of enemies and their pace of attack ramps up to a dizzying degree. Which brings me to my point – I think the challenge is where the fun lies with Fruit Attacks VR and that’s why it’s not a bad thing that it gets so difficult so early on in the game. It means that while the game’s premise is simple, it at least offers a lot of replay value if you’re as competitive as I am and want to see how many waves you make it through.
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Still, even with its challenging shooter mechanics, easy flow, and colorful visuals, Fruit Attacks VR won’t be for everyone. I will certainly recommend this game if you love rhythmic shooter arcade games with a frantic pace that will reward your patience and fast reaction skills. Though a welcome addition would have been a multiplayer element or some sort of mechanic that lets others play along because it’s more fun to challenge your friends than trying to reach the high-score against strangers. But honestly, for an early access game, Fruit Attacks VR is quite polished already and offers a solid experience within the arcade shooter genre.
So if this game looks like something you would like, then make sure to check it out or if you own a PSVR then you’ll have to wait a couple more months until it releases in April.