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Since the announcement of the Oculus Rift, and many other VR sets like it, everyone has been waiting for it to be released. Now, a new made-for-VR platformer, Lucky’s Tale, will be included with every package of Oculus Rift free of charge. You can check out the gameplay trailer for it below.
Lucky’s Tale, developed by Playful Corp, is reminiscent of older platformers like Crash Bandicoot or Super Mario Bros., with a colorful and vibrant environment. The main protagonist can break boxes filled with stars and—no surprise here—he kills enemies by jumping on their heads, as most platformer characters do.
In an interview between Wes Fenlon of PC Gamer and Paul Bettner, CEO/Co-Founder of Playful Corp, Bettner said that,
A platformer gives us an excuse to have every level be a new type of experience. It's such a new idea, we wanted to give something to people they could easily digest. But inside the studio we've developed dozens of levels, you're on a hot air balloon and throwing bombs, we can put you under water, all these minigames and boss battles where every single level is like a different ride you're going on. If we weren't doing a platformer, we wouldn't be able to put all that in one game.
Reactions on Twitter have been positive since its demo at E3, with many people relating it to Super Mario 3D.
The only problem with Lucky’s Tale being a virtual reality game is that it feels like it isn’t necessary. While platformers are full of endless entertainment and it’s neat to look around while controlling the main character, it still doesn’t immerse the player into the game like a VR game should. That doesn’t mean no one will want to play it. With the overwhelming popularity of the Super Mario franchise and the incredible likeness between Lucky’s Tale and Super Mario 3D, of course people are going to want to play the game regardless if it’s VR or not.
The Oculus Rift headsets are slated for release in Q1 2016.