Well-Made But Insufferable & Concerning (Quick Review)

Like lots of you, I wasn’t conscious of Child Shark till its initially harmless — if inexcusably aggravating — theme tune was taken hostage by an inescapable web meme in 2018. In Child Shark VR Dancing, although, meme turns to nightmarish actuality.

It’s maybe a bit of unfair that the unique has been tainted in such a manner (that’s if it’s even attainable to taint one thing already so admirably detestable), and thus I approached Child Shark VR with a wholesome dose of trepidation. However, being the skilled I’m enjoying kids’s video games in four-day-old “no matter, it’s quarantine” clothes, and in determined want of a shave, I’m capable of separate my expectations with these of the goal market. You recognize, those VR headset makers inform you to not give VR headsets.

And that’s the kicker right here. We’ve seen some makes an attempt at kid-friendly VR prior to now, nevertheless it must be stated that Child Shark looks as if an particularly younger age to skew for a recreation, particularly contemplating that it’s solely showing on PC VR headsets proper now. All jokes apart, I’ll reluctantly admit what’s right here is well-made, it simply resurrects the query of if one of these VR content material ought to exist, a minimum of proper now.

Child Shark VR Dancing is comprised of two elements. Firstly there may be, sure, the bit the place everybody sings at you with hatefully comfortable smiles in ear-shattering high-pitched squeals. It’s a singalong with subtitles and you may blow bubbles from two water weapons. The visuals are sharp and the animation is silky clean, making for a surprisingly well-produced product. It’s the VR equal of the two-minute YouTube movies you’ll go away a toddler to cycle by simply to lastly, please god, get a second’s relaxation.

The second a part of the bundle is decidedly weirder. It’s primarily a VR boss battle; an enormous octopus arrives to seize your folks and also you battle again by capturing bubbles from these water weapons at it. Once more, it’s all well-made, however greater than a bit of troubling that that is primarily a first-person shooter for tots. No less than different VR video games for youths like Schell Video games’ Water Bears VR go for extra constructive developmental mechanics; this appears to be setting you up for a lifetime of ingesting Monster Power and growing a web-based alter ego comprised of numbers and the letter z.

At $9.99, Child Shark VR Dancing isn’t asking rather a lot from you and what’s right here is genuinely well-made, if a bit of unbearable to the extra mature thoughts. However the level stays that many VR headsets makers set an age restrict of 13 to be used. This appeals to a a lot youthful viewers, one which I actually wouldn’t be comfy leaving inside an Oculus Rift or Valve Index, particularly after they’re primarily enjoying a shooter with coaching wheels. As tempting a lockdown distraction this will likely appear for households, I’d train excessive warning all the identical.

Child Shark VR Dancing is out now on SteamVR.

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