Nintendo’s Pokemon franchise has often been suggested as the ideal virtual reality (VR) videogame. Even Oculus Rift VR headset designer Palmer Luckey has said that the role-playing series would be his dream VR project. Now an indie developer has released a new Oculus Rift supported videogame based on popular franchise spin-off, Pokemon Snap, has been released. In that Nintendo 64 title players took pictures of various Pokemon as they traveled on-rails through environments. The same rules largely apply for this new experience, Oculus Snap.
Oculus Snap is described as ‘an entirely new’ videogame that doesn’t copy Pokemon Snap directly, rather takes inspiration from its main mechanic. Players journey through a tropical jungle, taking pictures of various animals that appear in their path. Different animals are worth different amounts of points and the player is limited to just 35 shots each level, thus must use them sparingly.
The title is a student project from indie developer Jontiways. An updated version is planned for release within the next few weeks, addressing any concerns that users may have. The developer is encouraging players to come forward with any issues to help update it. The title is currently available for free over on the official Oculus VR Share Beta on PC. There currently isn’t any mention of a Mac or Linux version. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of VR, reporting back with the latest.