System: Valve Index, HTC Vive & Oculus Rift
Price at Time Of Review: £11.39
Comfort Rating: Red
Input: Tracked Motion Controllers
Best Playing Position: Standing
Age Rating: 15+
VR Shop Score 1/100: 70
Description: You step off the chopper and into the sweltering heat of the jungle, grab your gear, and head off in search of fame, fortune, and prehistoric beasts. Nobody knows exactly why dinosaurs have shown up on this remote jungle island, but you know you can take them out. You’ve been hired as a mercenary to kill as many of these things as possible, and the good news is the checks have all cleared.
Island 359 is a Virtual Reality survival game for the HTC Vive and Oculus Touch. Players will scrounge for weapons, upgrades, food, and other items they can find to survive for as long as they can against hordes of dinosaurs, as they explore the increasingly dangerous, beautiful, and expansive island. You’re a mercenary, the money’s no good to you if you’re dead, so you’re going to need to survive long enough to get out if you want bragging rights and a fat bank account.
Review: It is clear from the moment you start playing Island 359 that this is a game made by someone or some people who enjoy VR. With a range of location methods as well as the motion controller support being fantastic. There isn’t many games out there in which you can have your backpack out looking for items while still shooting with the other hand. But sadly the game is still very basic, especially when it comes to the graphics and animation, but the lack of content is what lets it down the most. At the time of this review, the game was in a half-price sale for £5.69 and I felt I got my money’s worth. It could have been so much more a grand action-adventure, but for now, this is still worth a look on the cheap.