System: Valve Index & HTC Vive
Price at Time Of Review: £2.79
Comfort Rating: Red
Input: Tracked Motion Controllers
Best Playing Position: Sitting
Age Rating: 15+
VR Shop Score 1/100: 80
Description: Redswood VR is a virtual retelling of the Red Riding Hood story. In this tale, you play as both Red and then the Huntsman, each separately tasked with making their way through a dying and unrecognizable forest from their pasts to the inevitable conclusion at Granny’s house. As Red, you recount the past and discover new things in the forest, while rekindling your love for tree climbing and refreshing your skills with your old trusty slingshot. Granny’s house awaits, as does the forest.
As the Huntsman, you must uncover the mystery of what happened to Red, and why she hasn’t returned. Hired for a job, you soon discover this gig is far more personal than you realized. You must use your skills as a huntsman and former woodsman to traverse the forest, avoiding or ploughing through danger, and finding out what happened to the missing girl. Play as both, play the story, or play around in living, breathing forest. Walk, run, jump, climb, shoot, throw, swim, and swing.
Review: For a short VR experience, Redswood VR really was well ahead of its time. We all enjoy our Spiderman VR experiences now and this is little more than a very early version of that. Sure, it’s far from perfect and there are glitches galore at times and the graphics are a little basic, but the game does more than enough to pull you into its creepy world and keep you hooked from start to finish. This is well worth the low asking price and I can only hope that one day it will become a full game.