The Oculus VR Share beta serves as a portal to a range of free virtual reality (VR) compatible experiences. These demos are usually short pieces that lack much in the way of detail. That’s not the case with Upwards, one of the more recent additions to the platform that can currently be downloaded for free. The title, which is available on both PC and Mac, supports the first development kit (DK1) version of the Oculus Rift VR head-mounted display (HMD).
Upwards is a first-person platform videogame that forces players to consider their position as they travel across a vast landscape. Players are able to jump, wall jump, wall run, grab ledges and more as they scour a fantastical environment, gathering objects to seemingly construct a bridge. The experience allows for players to move both their head and body seperately, which creates interesting new opportunities for the platform challenges.
Upwards is the work of first time videogame developer Noble Woods, who hopes to move on to create new, more polished products. Given that the title was developed in the space of three months, it will certainly be interesting to see what the developer can achieve with the next project. VRFocus will continue to follow the developer going forward, and will report back with any further updates.