Virtual reality (VR) fans may have sampled work from indie developer Otherworld in the past. The studio has released a number of VR projects, including experiences for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) such as Spacewalk and Café Âme and even the Google Cardboard smartphone-based HMD with its horror title, Sisters. As it turns out, Otherworld is also working on another smartphone-based device, Gear VR. The developer has revealed two separate entries into the app category of the ongoing Oculus Mobile VR Jam, which is seeking new content for the device.
Otherworld’s two entries are Starport and Share the Science: Climate Change. The former is a social app that aims to provide an accessible platform for two VR users to meet up online, with their bodies represented as customised avatars that move and react based on the user’s head-movements. Though the wider service is being entered into the app category, it does contain several mini-games for players to compete in. These include a simple take on soccer that uses the Gear VR’s touchpad, an asteroid-blasting experience and a castle-building title. Players will meet in a number of different environments.
Meanwhile, Share the Science: Climate Change is an educational app that aims to help users learn about the effects of Caron Dioxide (CO2) in various climate systems. The title uses the concept of virtual field trips, allowing users to visit locations from around the world, with a narrator explaining the effects of CO2 throughout. Eventually viewers are given a view of Earth from space and exploring how rampant uses of CO2 can affect the planet. Otherworld suggests that Share the Science could turn into a series covering other topics in the future.
Both entries have pitch videos that can be seen below. Each will be hoping to secure one of the Mobile VR Jam’s cash prizes, including $100,000 USD for the winner in the apps category with runner ups earning $50,000, $30,000 and $10,000 respectively. VRFocus will continue to follow each and every VR Jam entrant, reporting back with the latest updates on them.