Review System: Oculus Rift CV1
Price at Time Of Review: £14.99
Comfort Rating: Gree
Genre: Real-time strategy (RTS)
Size: 3.72 GB
Controller System: Touch Controllers
Best Playing Position: Sitting
Multi Player: No
Quar Battle for Gate 18 (Oculus Rift)
Intro: For the last 700 years they have been waging The Long War to a bloody stalemate. The balance of power is shifting and Alykinder’s Crusade is attempting to end war by conquering all Quar nations. The game takes you to one battle of The Long War: the Battle for Gate 18 between the Crusader Army and the Royalist Coftyran Crymuster.
Command cavalry to sweep the enemy’s flanks. Send Baeliog armoured tractors forward to shatter hardened defences. Your rhyflers are armed with a range of weapons. Rely on stalwart officers to keep up your troop’s morale and to call in airstrikes. Preserve the honour of your cause as you wage the Battle for Gate 18!
Review: Quar: Battle for Gate 18 is a turn-based strategy RTS game that is played in a tabletop style. While the games is based on missions that require you to complete all sorts of tasks to move on, the general storyline sees you given the role of an army commander who is attempting to overthrow the Royalist Coftyan Crymuster as the Crusader Army. But it won’t be easy, this is a war that has been raging for 700 years already!
For the first few missions you are given a tutorial, but even playing around with the Oculus Touch controllers in the menu helped me to figure most the controls out. Gameplay is done in a style or turn based strategy. Using both the Touch controllers you tell each squad what to do, then you have to end your turn. But you do have to tell all squad members what to do before the entire army become selectable again, and so on goes the battle. Each unit can be people, tanks and even aeroplanes! With some truly beautiful graphics and great animation, this is a game that has clearly not been rushed in any way.
Verdict: This game is a hidden gem that might sadly go unnoticed. Not only have they made it look great, they have made it as VR friendly as possible. With teleport and rotating view as well as game board height adjustment which is a fantastic feature. While the slower pace of gameplay might scare people away I think it gives the game a much more strategic style of gameplay. Most RTS games look good in VR, but Quar: Battle for Gate 18 is a cut above the rest. Well done to the makers of it, this game is worth every penny.