Sometimes the simplest games can also offer some of the most fun experiences a player can have. WeRplay, the studio behind Lost Twins understand this concept better than most with their fun platformer flying game Funny Wings VR. It first released for Google Daydream and Gear VR, where it’s received positive reviews for its casual fun levels and colorful characters.
Funny Wings VR has now also made its way to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive on Steam and is available at a $2.99 price tag. I got to give the game a try and liked the simple flying mechanics and challenging levels, but can’t see myself playing the odd 24 levels the game offers more than once, even though the game has multiple characters to unlock.
While flying games have become somewhat of a staple in VR, some do a better job of getting your spirits soaring high than others. Funny Wings is definitely not on par with titles like Ultrawings or Eagle Flight but it is fun nonetheless. From the first level on, the game wastes no time on getting you going and keeps up the flying action at a steady pace. Sure, it’s mobile platform roots definitely show and while it’s certainly not the best game I’ve ever experienced on PC VR platforms, it isn’t the worst either. Plus the $3 price tag makes this well worth the hour or so you’ll get out of it.
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In Funny Wings VR you start out with a character named El-Diablo who wants to be part of the Council of OOO – a place where magnificent wizards gather. So he collects the rarest of magical artifacts by zooming through the world on his trusty glider and placing things into his trusty poochy pouch (I’m not even kidding). However, an evil witch called Verruca Bagboiler wants the pouch for herself and managed to snatch it away, so now El-Diablo has to chase her down to get his stuff back. Luckily there are a few friends willing to help him out. At least, after you unlock them by collecting enough stars.
The controls of Funny Wings VR are very simple and you only need one controller for navigation and flight. I played the game on an HTC Vive and I’m assuming that this plays much in the same way it did on the mobile platforms (with controllers). The in-game characters simply follow the controller movements. So if I dipped the controller down or swung it sideways, the character would follow my hand movements. It isn’t an exact mimicry, with some slight delay making the movement feel more like I was giving the characters instructions that they would follow. This meant I had to plan well ahead in order to avoid obstacles or collect stars in time.
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Unfortunately, while the simple gameplay does make Funny Wings VR fun and easy to just pick up and play, it also makes the game a bit mundane. There are only two power-ups available and they don’t really influence the gameplay in any major way, plus the characters only differ aesthetically, so there’s no real reason to unlock them. Which means that the whole star collection mechanic is also basically meaningless.
So Funny Wings VR might not hold your attention for very long, but it’s a great diversion and I’m sure anyone with kids will find this a nice little addition to their library. Funny Wings VR is available now on Google Play for Daydream and the Oculus Store for Gear VR, as well as Steam for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.