System: Valve Index & HTC Vive
Price at Time Of Review: £5.79
Comfort Rating: Green
Input: Tracked Motion Controllers
Best Playing Position: Standing
Age Rating: PG
VR Shop Score 1/100: 65
Description: Turing Tumble materially consists in a board, blue and red marbles, and 6 types of mechanical parts you can add onto the board to build computing machines. The set of parts is Turing complete, which means that Turing Tumble can do anything a computer can do – or at least it could if the board were big enough. But even at it actual size, it already allows to add, divide, exponentiate, compare, count, do logic, produce patterns and a lot more.
Recreated in VR, the board is as big as a small building, and 59 challenges have been implemented for the puzzle mode. Solving them will make you recreate nearly all the functions of a microprocessor, and don’t be fooled by the first ones: they start easy but become soon enough quite difficult and then extremely challenging. Last ones will be tough even for an expert programmer.
Review: Make no mistake here, most of us are going to find ‘Turing Tumble VR’ as boring as watching a cow eat grass, but there are some people who use these marble-powered computers a lot and will get some real enjoyment out of this game. There is a large element of educational learning thrown in here alone with the 60 puzzles as you can build them yourself using the editor and learn that way. But most of us will not get any enjoyment out of this so unless you find building marble-powered computers fun I would leave this alone.