Winners for Oculus VR’s latest virtual reality (VR) development jam are expected to be announced this week. The company has this year hosted a Mobile VR Jam, searching for developers to work on its Gear VR mobile head-mounted display (HMD), made in partnership with Samsung. During the course of the Jam, Oculus VR revealed that teams were free to release their entries on other platforms and HMDs. One developer by the name of John Hinton has done just that, bringing his platform-based title, Ruins of Chronos, to the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2).
A video of Ruins of Chronos in action can be seen below. The title is set on what the creator describes as a ‘peculiar alien planet’, where players will search for both hidden treasure and sophisticated technology. Players themselves with use some of this technology, teleporting to other platforms, using bombs to destroy obstacles and even firing wrist-mounted projectiles to stun enemies that can then be defeated by teleporting on top of them. The title boasts a cartoon-esque art style filled with imaginative enemies.
The free build of Ruins of Chronos that was submitted to the VR Jam can now be downloaded for free on Oculus Rift via online VR software store, WEARVR. Those interested in playing the title on its original platform can head to its official submission page for the VR Jam and download the APK for the Gear VR build. The title is actually one of the finalists in the videogame track of the competition, meaning it’s currently in the running for the grand prize of $200,000 USD or the runner-up awards of $100,000, $50,000 and $10,000 respectively. A community voted award of $10,000 is also to be announced soon.
VRFocus will continue to follow Ruins of Chronos and all other VR applications closely, reporting back with the latest on them.