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VR Jam Finalist Spotlight: Lily Pad Embraces VR for Kids

Plenty of virtual reality (VR) experiences are in the works right now for the likes of the Oculus Rift, Gear VR, Project Morpheus and HTC Vive head-mounted displays (HMDs). The vast majority of these videogames are decidedly aimed more towards an older market, leaving something of a gap in the market for child-friendly experiences. With its bright colours, spritely characters and accessible mechanics, Lily Pad appears to be a title answering the call for children’s VR titles. The videogame is one of the finalists for the Mobile VR Jam on Gear VR.

As seen in a video below, Lily Pad introduces players to Willie and Dee, two friends that set out to save their town from a drought that is preventing crops and food growing on the land. The pair travel down a river on a giant lily pad, gathering food as they go. Placed by the side of this river, players are tasked with cutting food down from trees and removing obstacles in the pair’s path using the Gear VR’s touchpad.

The build submitted to the VR Jam includes four different levels, each boasting its own theme. This build can be downloaded via an official VR Jam entry page for Gear VR owners to sample.

Lily Pad was created by a team of 10 developers. As part of the videogame track of the competition the developer hopes to secure a grand prize of $200,000 USD. Also on offer are runner-up prizes of $100,000, $50,000 and $10,000 respectively. A community-voted award offering a further $10,000 is also taking place.

VRFocus will continue to follow any and all entrants into the VR Jam, reporting back with the latest on them.