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Spellbound (Steam VR)

Spellbound (Steam VR)

System: Valve Index, HTC Vive & Oculus Rift
Price at Time Of Review: £14.99
Comfort Rating: Red
Genre: Action
Input: Tracked Motion Controllers
Best Playing Position: Sitting
Multi-Player: No
Age Rating: 15+
VR Shop Score 1/100: 20

Description: Spellbound is a virtual reality game where you can be a wizard and throw fireballs at zombies! At least, that’s what it appears to be at first glance to the uninitiated eye but there’s much more lingering below the surface, waiting for you to discover it. Spellbound is intended to be a rich storytelling platform where players get to select a fable and become the active protagonist in the story. Each story is a creative exploration into a particular topic/theme designed to explore and discover the capabilities of virtual reality.

The first story is a three-part tale about a red wizard who has suffered from a lifetime of loneliness after being chased away from his home village by villagers scared of his magical abilities. He grew up in a hidden tower deep in the dark forests, never meeting another person, always fearful of his own magical abilities. One day, he meets a strange crow on a tree that somehow knows how to speak. They become friends and the crow becomes his mentor on all magical things. What the wizard doesn’t know is that his feathered friend isn’t just any old run of the mill talking bird, there is something deep, dark, and sinister lurking beneath the surface…

Review: Spellbound has a crazy amount of potential as one of the best zombie wave shooters in VR, I really do believe that it could have been something great. But sadly development on this has long been abandoned and you are left with less than 30 mins gameplay that costs £14.99 which is not even close to being acceptable. But the game looks great and the zombies and monsters look amazing, the walking mechanism on the other hand sucks, but that is a small niggle compared to its lack of value for money. Such a shame really as I really wanted to recommend this game, but sadly no-one in their right mind would.

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