Back in October 2014 Leap Motion launched a new videogame development jam based on creating 3D virtual reality (VR) experiences with support for its hand-tracking controller. December 1st marked the end of the development section of the competition, meaning teams have submitted their creations to be judged. Some developers have revealed and even released their submissions to the public. One such developer is tipatat, who has published his entry, a Pokemon VR demo, online for all to try.
The demo allows players to experience a VR interpretation of one of the classic battles from the franchise, pitting series icon Pikachu against a wild Pokemon. Using the Leap Motion Controller players can pick up and throw the Pokeball to release Pikachu themselves and issue orders to him before throwing another ball to catch the wild Pokemon. It’s intended to be a short experience, a screenshot of which can be seen below.
The demo makes full use of the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) and even includes support for voice command software Voice Attack, allowing them to issue orders as if they really were standing side-by-side with Pikachu. That said, it can also be played without both Voice Attack and the Leap Motion controller. The software is currently free to download from the developer’s website. It will be announced if it has made it to the list of finalists on 20th December.
The final winners will be announced on 10th January 2015. A total of $75,000 USD in value of prizes will be awarded to winners of a Select Jam and Open Jam, including a spot to showcase at IndieCade East 2015. VRFocus will continue to follow the competition, reporting back with any further updates.