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DUO (Oculus Rift)

DUO (Steam VR)

DUO (Steam VR)
The VR Shop - Silver Award
System: Valve Index, HTC Vive & Windows MR
Price at Time Of Review: £5.99
Comfort Rating: Green (No Movement)
Genre: Arcade
Input: Tracked Motion Controllers
Best Playing Position: Standing
Multi-Player: No
Age Rating: PG

Description: DUO is an arcade game designed from the ground up for the virtual reality. Now you can immerse yourself in a virtual world with a classic retro game. Use your paddles to hit the ball and smash the bricks. Pass through the funny and challenging levels. Try not to miss the ball and remember that time is running out. Catch the green power-ups! You might get more points or additional balls. Avoid the red ones! They will shrink your shields or switch off the light.

Review: Once upon a time, long, long ago people were amused by the video games in which a small line bounced a ball and tried to break single colour bricks with it. Then colour came along and made it a little more interesting then things went 3D and more forward to today and we are in virtual reality playing much the same game! DUO is your classic brick breaker game only you hold the paddles in your hand to whack the ball back to the bricks. Throw in a few more balls to make things interesting, a weird vortex-like gravity system and what is pretty much what DUO is.

With 90 levels and various power-ups (both good and bad), this game is no walk in the park and the fast pace will soon get you sweating. While this is indeed a brick breaker at heart there is a lot more to it than that. With some great sound effects and some banging tunes to keep you amused along the way, this game can keep you in VR for more than a few hours easily.

DUO is a classic remix of the old brick breaker games and while overall it does a good job of keeping you amused for a while, it is far from perfect. The confined playing area never gives you time to fully strategize where and what ball to hit first meaning you will never feel in control of the game, rather a watcher who will get to hit the ball now and again if you get lucky. Personally, I like these VR Arkanoid games and if you are the same maybe consider giving DUO a bash. But do try other games of the same genre first.

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