HTC began the nominations for the Viveport Developer Awards back in October, announcing titles in batches of four. The first eight revealed were Allumette, by Penrose Studios; Cloudlands: VR Minigolf, by Futuretown; Mars Odyssey, by Steel Wool Game and Arcade Artist, by Groove Jones, Altspace VR, by Altspace VR; Pearl, by Google Spotlight Stories; Soundstage, by Hard Light Labs and The Body VR, by The Body VR. Now HTC has announced the next four to be included in the awards.
These are Fantastic Contraption by Northway Games, Apollo 11 VR from Immersive VR Education Ltd, SurrealVR by SurrealVR and Firebird: La Peri by InnerspaceVR.
Fantastic Contraption is a surreal puzzle title in which players have to build machines to complete tasks. Using three building materials, a cylindrical motor, a wooden beam, and a balloon beam, these objects enable players to concoct a myriad of weird and wonderful designs to finish the level. When the HTC Vive launched the videogame was part of a free software bundle before being swapped out during the summer.
Apollo 11 VR is a documentary experience based around the moon landing events of 1969. Players get to relive the events of 1969, taking control and flying the command module, landing the lunar lander, exploring the Moon’s surface and deploying the lunar experiments all before returning to earth in a fiery re-entry.
SurrealVR is a virtual social world where players create lifelike avatars, meet new friends, talk, interact, and go on adventures together. When it launched in April this year the title only supported HTC Vive, since then Oculus Rift support has also been added.
Launched in August for HTC Vive was Firebird: La Peri by InnerspaceVR. Based on classical music and ballet by French classical composer Paul Dukas, La Peri, this 15-minute experience features actor John Rhys-Davies as narrator, who has starred in Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and Peter Jackson’s The Lord of The Rings. Utilising the Vive’s hand controllers, players are able to interact directly with the characters and creatures which populate the world.
As and when HTC reveals more nominees for the Viveport Developer Awards, VRFocus will bring you the latest details.