Virtual reality (VR) fans will no doubt be familiar with the name Zero Transform and Justin Moravetz, the indie developer behind the popular Proton Pulse and upcoming Vanguard V. The developer is currently working hard on bringing the latter to a range of head-mounted displays (HMDs) including the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus. But that doesn’t mean that Moravetz is too busy to enter the ongoing Oculus Mobile VR Jam, which is offering a total of $1,000,000 USD to be split across a wide variety of apps for the Gear VR smartphone-based HMD.
Zero Transform has announced Pulsar Arena as its entry into the Mobile VR Jam, which is described as a multiplayer ‘rhythm based tournament in space’, designed specifically for VR. The title sees two players face off in a rhythm-based shooter that is controlled using the Gear VR’s head-tracking technology. Players find themselves at either end of a giant hourglass balanced between a beating binary pulsar system with a 360 degree playing field. Objects known as Polyballs will fly around the player and looking at them on beat will cause the player to shoot them.
Player’s aim is to shoot multiple Polyballs, ranking up combos. Each combatant must destroy as many Polyballs as possible to keep their floor from falling apart and sending them into a Pulsar star. A teaser trailer for the experience can be seen below.
The Oculus Mobile VR Jam is spilt across two different tracks. One will be specifically for VR videogames, the other for VR experiences and apps. Software must be developed for the Innovator’s Edition of Gear VR. The winner of the ‘Platinum’ award in the videogame category will secure some $200,000, while ‘Gold’ videogame winners will earn $100,000. The ‘Silver’ prize for videogames is worth $50,000, while ‘Bronze’ offers $10,000. For apps, ‘Platinum’ gets $100,000, ‘Gold’ earns $50,000, ‘Silver’ is worth $30,000 and ‘Bronze’ earns $10,000.
VRFocus will continue to follow each and every entry for the Mobile VR Jam, reporting back with the latest updates on them.