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Software Name: Mervils: A VR Adventure
Age Rating: 12+
Review System: Oculus Rift DK2
Price at Time Of Review: £7.99 ($10.50)
Comfort Rating: Green
Size: 2.09 GB
Mervils: A VR Adventure
Intro: “Mervils” brings the look of classic platformers to the world of VR and unfolds a very hobbit-like adventure story. Your quest begins in the picturesque countryside where you learn the history of the Mervil ancestors and of their one unspeakable enemy, “Balazar the Evil” who has not been seen in the Kingdom for centuries. You quickly discover that there are 5 vast Mervil Worlds to explore and that the Kingdom is protected by a magical force-field, upheld by the power of the Great Mervil Book. The magical strength of the Great Book has diminished and now at the time of greatest weakness, Balazar has plotted his return and seeks to destroy you and the rest of your people! It’s up to one brave hero, to collect the lost pages, rebind the Great Book, and defeat Balazar once and for all. Will that Mervil be you?
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.
Verdict: 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.