Rocket Worldwide’s Train Runner VR is now available on Steam for the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift. The virtual reality title sees players taking on the role of a young girl who is playing with a stranded puppy named Panda, when suddenly the puppy runs onto the tracks right toward an oncoming train that looks like it’s riding straight out of the depths of hell.
This isn’t a game about conducting trains or riding the rails and being a happy-go-lucky tourist in a cross-country event. No, this game is about stopping a crazy train by using a variety of weapons to destroy it.
Doug Kryzan, CEO of Rocket Worldwide and the Train Runner VR producer and writer, commented that they wanted to use the VR platform to do something “impactful” and so they thought Train Runner VR would be that game…
“We are firm believers in how virtual reality can act as a uniquely engaging platform to deliver emotional and exciting content that can inspire a new generation of youth,” “Our goal with Train Runner is to deliver a memorable and impactful virtual reality experience that speaks to a child’s worldview and can be enjoyed by the whole family.”
The cinematic launch trailer for the game is kind unsettling at first, but before it goes too far down the rabbit hole of turning into a dank meme, it reels it back in and goes for something more kosher. You can check out the trailer below.
As showcased in the trailer, you can use bows, crossbows, and other projectiles to destroy the train cars.
There are only three reviews on the Steam page so far, and two of them praise the game for being kid-friendly and enjoyable for the whole family, but one of the reviews points out that the game doesn’t appear to justify the $19.99 price point. The negative review points out that the game only has one level, and that it doesn’t actually have an ending. There’s also the issue that beyond blowing up the train there isn’t much of anything else to do other than walk around the stage.
The idea of stopping an evil train to save a dog from being on the train tracks seems noble and all, but for the average gamer they’re likely going to want more than a single level of gameplay to play through, especially for the $19.99 asking price.
If you want to learn more about the game you can do so by visiting the Steam store page or check out the discussion threads.