System: Valve Index, HTC Vive & Oculus Rift
Price at Time Of Review: £3.99
Comfort Rating: Yellow
Input: Tracked Motion Ctrollers
Best Playing Position: Sitting
Age Rating: U
VR Shop Score 1/100: 60
Description: Wander on the surface of the earth and observe the planets and stars on the hemisphere. Make friends with the inhabitants of earth, learn what they like to eat and where they live. Speed up time to observe how their life adapts to the changing seasons. Fly around the solar system and observe the orbits of our planets and moons. See the earth breathing from space as the season’s change
This colourful world and its characters have been designed by Chris Haughton who’s illustrated books are wildly loved by kids around the world. Together with the celestial soundscape created by Matt Wand, it is a perfect match for this atmospheric VR experience. Little Earth is a VR experience designed for people of all ages.
Review: For us adults, this is not something that will hold our interest, but in terms of educational content, I feel it is well worth a download. There are 12 animals to learn about and you can change the time of year to discover what they do at certain times of the year. So bears hibernate and rabbits forage. It’s very basic graphically, but it is the lack of narration that really lets this game down for me. It’s OK to aim your app at a very young audience, but make it as kid-friendly as you can, not a cross between younger kids and older ones. This is only really worth the money if your little one is going to learn from it, but you should be aware that there are better VR apps to learn with and many of them are free. For me, this app was just too basic for its own good and needs a lot more work.