The Oculus Quest launch lineup countdown continues with five new titles confirmed for a day one release – a date which is still currently unknown – offering both intense action and tranquil gaming pleasure.
The big news is that Drool’s fast-paced rhythm action title Thumper is coming to the headset. Thumper is a little unusual in the genre as you control a beetle hurtling down a cosmic track bombarded by musical obstacles that can be overcome with rhythm-obeying commands. Players can glide around corners and bash into the sides to stay alive, trying to survive until the end, which also includes mini-bosses to deal with.
“When we first starting prototyping Thumper way back in 2009, gaming VR was just a sci-fi fantasy,” explains Drool designer Marc Flury on the Oculus Blog. “We didn’t realize our psychedelic space beetle experience would feel so perfect in VR. With a fully standalone device like Oculus Quest, the dream feels complete. Now anyone can experience Thumper in VR with no fuss and no compromise.”
The reason Thumper was the big news is that the other four videogames: Rush, Fruit Ninja, Bait! and Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs, were previously mentioned when Oculus released its first countdown trailer at the end of March. There was a flurry of images displayed at the end which include the aforementioned titles. Now at least they have been officially confirmed as launch day experiences.
Each is a big videogame in its own right, with Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs and Bait! both by Resolution Games. Bait! was one of the studios’ earliest titles and a big success, allowing players to catch fish in tranquil surroundings. Angry Birds VR is its most release, launch ed back in February in collaboration with Rovio Entertainment.
Rush and Fruit Ninja are two smaller titles but still offer their own unique gameplay experiences. The latter is a great pick up and play videogame, especially suitable for new VR players. While the former is a bit more extreme, wingsuit flying through canyons and sheer drops as you race towards the finish line.