There are plenty of rhythm-action videogames available for virtual reality (VR) headsets but they do tend to be solitary experiences. The only way they add a social aspect is through an online leaderboard. Kludge Interactive wanted to go a step further than that with its title Sync Riders, releasing a multiplayer component this week.
Available as a free update the multiplayer mode allows up to five players (cross-platform) to meet and chat in a lobby, challenging each other to get the best high score on a particular song. The difficulty can be increased by selecting from a range of modifiers such as “Prismatic Notes“ or “Sudden Death”.
“Synth Riders has continued to be developed in active conversation with our community, and we knew early on that we had to give them a way to play together, not only to compete but to have fun with each other. We are excited to be one of the first VR rhythm games with multiplayer support, it is a tribute to our community!,“ said Abraham Aguero Benzecri – Creative Director, in a statement.
In addition to the multiplayer mode Kludge Interactive has also added improvements to the game’s UX and visual style, offering redesigned menus for a smoother more intuitive experience when choosing songs and browsing music packs. As an added bonus the update includes a free song (Nutronic by Code War), brand new custom-designed avatars (PC VR only), sound effects, and visual stage.
Synth Riders arrived last year for multiple headsets on both the Oculus Store and Steam. VRFocus gave the title a four-star review, finding that Synth Riders was an energetic and engaging experience with catchy tracks to get you moving: “What you need to watch out for is a sudden addiction to Synthwave music and the desire to grow a mullet.” Synth Riders also made it onto VRFocus’ “10 Best Fitness Apps For A VR Workout” for those that like to use VR for burning a few calories.
For its next big update, Kluge Interactive will release an “Electro Swing Essentials” DLC including songs from Parov Stelar, Jamie Berry and Electric Swing Circus. Currently on sale with a 35% discount on Steam, VRFocus will continue its coverage of Synth Riders and all the latest rhythm-action videogames.