The HTC Vive is about to receive a new indie VR title from developers Rank17 that combines the neon vector visuals from Tron with the fast-paced, arcade-style action of Breakout. The name of the game is Super Pixel Smash, and it’s one of the few VR titles that actually aims to add some compelling, fast-paced, sports-oriented gameplay mechanics to the fold.
The game is set to launch next week on January 25th for the Vive, and is scheduled to carry a $7.99 price tag. The game will be 40% off during its first week of being on Steam so you can get it for only $4.79. The discount will last up until January 31st at the end of the month.
But enough about pricing and availability… what about the gameplay?
Well, Super Pixel Smash utilizes the motion controls of the HTC Vive to give gamers an active, fast-paced, hardcore gaming experience through virtual reality. It’s not one of those games where you’re just standing around flipping over pictures and watching suns set. You are an active participant in the game and have to react fast and put your reflexes to work like fact checkers going over a Donald Trump speech.
The gameplay reminds me very much of Wii Sports given that it’s active, responsive and keeps you on your toes. You can see the demonstration video below to get an idea of what the gameplay is like.
Much like other Breakout games from the past, you can break bricks, unlock power-ups and find new ways to blast through the levels. Some of the power-ups include score multipliers, charged shots, speed boosts and one of my personal favorites, multiple balls.
If you were good enough and had the proper coordination, you could technically use a paddle in each hand to hit the multiple balls flying around the arena.
The game looks like it could generally be fun… just fun. It’s rare we get that kind of game these days but a lot of that fun will be dependent on input latency response times. So if the input reads are spot on and gamers can break bricks without getting frustrated at the controls, this could be a cheap little indie project to help give you and your VR headset a bit of workout.
You can keep track of the game by visiting the Steam store page.