Review System: Oculus Rift CV1
Price at Time Of Review: £4 ($5)
Comfort Rating: Green
Size: 944.3 MB
Controller System: Touch Controllers
Best Playing Position: Standing
Multi Player: No
Stunt Kite Masters VR (Oculus Rift)
Intro: Enjoy a dream of a Caribbean beach, the wind is perfect, you pull the strings backwards and off you go – your dragon rises up into the clear, blue sky. With your movements, you control the kite with great ease and relaxation through the air. Draw in the air with smoke figures and patterns, or train daredevil manoeuvres with your kite. Play different modes in Stunt Kite Masters: control the wind direction and wind force, master the most diverse influences with your sporty stunt kite in the experience mode or show your flight skills in the challenging snake mode by collecting points and your dragon tail getting longer.
Review: Sadly flying a kite is not as easy as you might think. Not only do you need to know how to fly the thing (and often assemble it as well). Then you also need to get lucky with the weather. Too windy you can’t fly it, to calm, to wet and even too hot! Yep, flying a kite and getting those flying conditions perfect is not easy. So thank god Stunt Kite Masters VR has come along to offer us perfect flying conditions every single day.
Stunt Kite Masters VR is a kite flying simulator that gives you control of 2 different types of kites (with several customisable styles to it) then you get to choose from Snake Kite mode where you have to go around collecting stars to make your kites tale grow (like snake, but with a kite) or free fly mode that gives you the chance to get used to your kite. Which is very handy indeed given the lack of a tutorial. From the moment you pull the strings to get the kite in the air you will be taken back at just how realistic and responsive the kite is. I could have sworn I could feel the sand between my toes.
Verdict: While this app does get repetitive quickly, for a while it really immersed me and for a moment I started to believe I really was on a beach flying a stunt kite! The kite feels so responsive and realistic that it could have real world kite flying applications. If I got good at this app I really would be encouraged to go out and buy a real kite. Graphics, control and physics wise I can’t fault this app. But the lack of training, game modes and scenery options is what kills it for me. It would have been so much better with some simple step-by-step training missions, so I could slowly get the hang of the kite. But even as it is, I think it’s yet another amazing application for VR that I never saw coming.