There was a general perception in the beginning that VR was going to be a lonely experience. And, certainly, it had been back when virtual reality headsets had just released. That soon changed, though, due to innovative concepts from developers that sought to make the most of the social element that VR has to offer. Which has brought us simple, yet immensely fun social games like Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes and The Playroom VR.
The latest title to bring friendly party-game fun to virtual reality is a mixed bag of charades and theater from Coastalbyte Games called Puppet Fever. The studio has released this delightful little social game as their debut VR title today. It’s available now on Steam for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift at a $14.99 price tag.
Up until this point, most of us have used apps like Tilt Brush to play out any Pictionary or charades-like games during VR parties. Sure, you can just stick to the old-school versions of those games, but VR adds a new layer of excitement to those concepts.
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Like other social VR games, the concept of Puppet Fever isn’t hard to understand and players can easily join in and start playing. The game had one player acting as the puppeteer in VR – using either a Rift or Vive – and lets up to four other people join in on the PC. The VR player then gets various cards with words on to choose from. These words can be anything from a single word to phrases, films, or events that the player will then have to act out. Luckily, after choosing a card you’ll then have various theatre ‘props’ to choose from.
Using motion controllers, the VR player then gets to build a scene for the PC onlookers who get to shout out their guesses. If they get it right then they’re given a point in the game.
Puppet Fever is releasing in early access with only two themes available right now, but that paired with enough props to keep you busy for numerous iterations of Shakespeare’s plays should be plenty to start off with.
The studio says they’re also planning on adding more content, modes and online multiplayer during the EA run. So even if you haven’t exactly got a crew to play with right now, you might get to put on puppet shows for people across the world in a few months.
That being said, Puppet Fever can be a great addition to the library of anyone who likes to have friends and family over to try out their VR headset.