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HTC Vive/VIVEPORT VR Review: Trakker – Armchair Arcade

This assessment was initially created in October 2018 for HTC, focused to their Vive/Vive Pro (VIVEPORT). It is reproduced right here with out alteration.

As a first-person mash-up of the 1980 arcade video games, Pac-Man and Berzerk, and the aesthetics of the 1982 film, Tron, the builders of Trakker are clearly not shy about taking inspiration from a number of the finest creations of the early Eighties. And like these video video games from easier occasions, the place you may work out the mechanics shortly after dropping in your quarter and starting play, Trakker places a premium on accessibility.

In the sport, you’re forged as one of many guardians of the digital realms, referred to as TRAKKERS, the place you patrol maze-like node constructions to defend towards virus-like intruders out to devour all life. Much like Berzerk, the place you may select to remain and combat or just exit to a different robot-filled room, Trakker provides you the choice to gather recordsdata to decelerate the assaults, go for the last word victory and attempt to save the entire system, or just escape the maze.

Trakker is a standing, room-scale expertise for the Vive or Vive Pro. With the Vive controllers, you press the set off to fireplace the blaster, which requires time to recharge, and, in an attention-grabbing twist, transfer by urgent the Grip button and swinging your arms in a working movement. You flip by bodily turning your physique. Gameplay consists of Pac-Man-like working by every maze and gathering blue blocks, capturing the virus-like enemies, and discovering the exit.

There are eight ranges to discover and three completely different issue ranges. Each node has the trio of goals to try for, which incorporates discovering the exit, destroying the entire intruders, and securing the recordsdata. You can accomplish some or all of these targets every time you play a maze and are free to return and take a look at once more at any time.

Trakker screenshot
Trakker shouldn’t be the most effective trying recreation, but it surely does have a constant type.

Visually, the sport resembles Tron, with easy shapes and vibrant, glowing colours set towards darkish backgrounds. This minimalist aesthetic works nicely with the sound design, which options synthwave music by Milwaukee artist, DASHCAM, aka Donny Jankowski. Although I’m undecided if I’m speculated to know who DASHCAM is, his music does present an expert sounding, pulse-pounding backdrop for the cyberpunk motif and an awesome excuse for a cool synchronized visualization impact that strains the maze partitions. Sound results serve their goal, however take one thing of a again seat to the music, with solely quite simple sounds harking back to older arcade video games current.

While not the deepest of experiences, Trakker does present quick doses of satisfying action-oriented play that remembers early Eighties arcade video games with out slavishly copying them. And frankly, these shorter gameplay classes are much more welcome due to Trakker‘s unique movement controls. After all, there’s solely so lengthy you need to be pumping your arms like that, even with the inducement of listening to extra of the stellar soundtrack.

Score: 3 out of 5 stars.

Trakker is out there on Viveport or with a Viveport Subscription.



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