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Red Rover (Steam VR)

Red Rover (Steam VR)

System: Valve Index & Oculus Rift
Price at Time Of Review: £1.69
Comfort Rating: Red
Genre: Interactive Experience
Input: Tracked Motion Controllers, Gamepad, Keyboard & Mouse
Best Playing Position: Sitting
Multi-Player: No
Age Rating: PG
VR Shop Score 1/100: 85

Description: When I was a kid, there was an unspoken assumption that when I grew up we would be living in space, working on the moon, and exploring Mars. Well, I grew up. Worked on some pretty cool feature film and game projects, but the space exploration part never quite took off. So I figured it was time to create my own ‘space program’. Red Rover takes satellite and terrain data from NASA’s HiRISE Mars orbiter and incorporates it into a driving simulator. I’m taking my decades of movie magic experience and putting it towards making something that lets me virtually experience the real planet Mars (subject to current technological and VR limitations, of course)

Review: Red Rover isn’t some action-packed Mars adventure and it isn’t really a challenge in anyway. This is a simulation of what it might be like to drive a rover on Mars. The driving terrain you get to explore is real terrain made from satellite photos of the surface and there are 9 sections to explore each of which is about 5km x 5km. It looks absolutely stunning and it has to be said that there is something rather relaxing about just pottering around, enjoying the terrain of this red planet. Not everyone will enjoy this experience, but for just £1.69 I think it is well worth a shot.

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