System: Valve Index, HTC Vive & Oculus Rift
Price at Time Of Review: £14.99
Comfort Rating: Green
Input: Tracked Motion Controllers, Gamepad
Best Playing Position: Sitting
Age Rating: PG
VR Shop Score 1/100: 80
Description: Your story begins in the picturesque Mervil countryside with your good friend “Merlyn the Blue”. Merlyn is an ancient wizard of the time and foresee’s the resurrection of a great enemy. He fears it is the return of the Dark Lord, “Balazar”. Armed with a few coins and a great Mervil sword, you embark on your journey. Throughout the five vibrant worlds you meet Mervils, Wizards, and ghosts of the past that tell stories of the power found within The Great Mervil Book.
Only a fool-hardy Mervil would set-out on such a forsaken quest to defeat”Balazar the Evil”. Will you be cunning enough to find the pages of the Great Mervil Book and have the power to stop Balazar’s imminent attack? The task will not be an easy one! The pages are scattered in the darkest depths of the Mervil Kingdom and “Balazar’s” enemies are on the hunt. It’s up to you, the bravest hero in all the lands to rebind the pages of The Great Mervil Book and save the Kingdom from “Balazar’s” destruction!
Review: When it comes to platform games in VR you can count the amount there is on only one hand (with a few fingers missing). But is Mervils: A VR Adventure what we are missing? The story goes that the Mervil Kingdom’s peace is threatened by Balazar the Evil. Throughout the 5 Mervil Worlds you must explore and collect lost pages of the “Great Book”. But this is no bible, this is a magic book that keeps the magical force-field working that protects these lands. So running, jumping, talking and collecting things are all part of the daily life here.
Played in a third-person style you have to battle various enemies and complete mini-quests set to you by the many other happy looking Mervils. These often allow you to find more and more pages of the Great Book. The different worlds are often pretty big and you always feel there out there somewhere a big adventure awaits. Each level is colourful and very distinctive and while I did find the levels a little barren I also found them fun to explore. If you love games like Super Mario 64 and Lucky’s Tale, this will keep you amused for quite a while. While the characters and voice acting are shoddy, I do think this game is well worth the money. In fact, I would go so far as to say I would pay more, for more of the game.