Fancy yourself an interesting bike ride through beautiful landscapes? Well, that’s not what you’ll find here. But it will be a memorable bike ride. In Distant Nightmare you get to take a jolly old bike ride through a garish black and grey nightmare with a bright neon bike. So all the monsters can clearly spot you.
Created by Field Of Vision, Distant Nightmare is an infinite runner style game that releases on July 1 on Steam for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. The developers are also planning on brining the game to Gear VR and Google Daydream. So if you’re in the mood to visit the land of nightmares this July, then check out the trailer below:
It’s a Nice Night for a Bike Ride
In Distant Nightmare you are put into the mind of a child who is in the middle of a night terror. So you get on your bike and try to cycle your way out. Or at least last long enough to survive until this kid wakes up. So while in this dark world you will have to explore various environments, including a cemetery and a sewer, while various obstacles and nightmarish demons try to block your way. Distant Nightmare uses a scoring system that’s based on the distance you travel in the game. So the better you overcome the roadblocks and monsters, the higher your score.
“Will you hide in a corner and cry while you wait for the sandman, or will you get on your bike and ride through hell. The choice is yours.”
The developers have also added some incentives for players to complete the game, like various bikes and other unlockables to gather throughout the game. Then there’s also a time trial mode where you have to try and collect orbs that allow you more time as you race through the landscape. As for the controls, you simply ride in the direction you’re looking in and by turning your head you turn in the game. Which is fine, because I understand that you can’t accurately simulate the action of riding a bike in VR yet. But I would have liked to see some more creativity on the developers’ part with the controls for the game, since currently you don’t really use them for anything.
This is the third VR title from Field Of Vision and they seem to focus on infinite runner type games with minimalist low poly design. Distant Nightmare might not be the best game you’ve seen, visually, but I find the concept of riding a bicycle through your nightmares quite interesting. If only the game had more to offer than a never-ending bike ride through a dark, low poly landscape. The potential for more was there.
So if this concept sounds interesting enough to you, then make sure to check Distant Nightmare out when it releases in a few days.