1. Shagatron's Avatar
    Richie's Plank Experience is ugly as sin, has almost nothing to do in it, and it's my favorite recent Vive release. The game starts you out at the base of a skyscraper in a busy city filled with horrendous looking cars traveling in ways no car ever could. Looking around, it feels like somebody found the free asset section of Unity and thought, "Nah. We can go uglier." But it doesn't matter. The sense you experience when you step into the skyscraper's elevator, select a mode, feel the dread as you watch the ground disappear through the crack of the elevator doors, and step out when you arrive is very real.

    There are three modes. The main mode takes you up the skyscraper and opens the doors to nothing more than a plank jutting out from the doorway. You can walk out onto it and look around. If you stray too far from the plank, you plummet down to your doom. No matter how hard I tried to remind myself that I was standing in the middle of my living room, my pulse pounded as I looked down at my digital plank high above the concrete. The game might hurt to look at, but the effect is very real. This mode is also meant to be used with mixed reality, so you can set up your own physical plank to walk on and you can calibrate the game to your real world plank's size. This sounds terrifying. This is a great mode to try a couple of times, but after the magic is over, it's hard to go back to.

    The second mode is by far the best thing in the game and is easily one of my favorite VR experiences to date. Instead of a plank, you have a platform waiting for you. On it, you can select firefighting missions, but the fires are scattered throughout the city. How do you get to them? With an MFing jetpack! You control it in a way that is hard to explain but works perfectly when you try it. Your controller is basically the jetpack engine. You tilt it in a direction, you thrust in that direction. It's insane and wonderful. Your other controller is a water cannon for putting out fires. It's a bit wonky but it works. BUT GET THIS: If you reach behind your back, your water cannon switches to another jetpack engine. TWICE. THE. SPEED. Let the city burn as you scream around skyscrapers, buzz over cars, swoop under bridges. This is one of those things where words cannot do it justice. The third mode is a variation of this mode, except that you swap out the water cannon for a paint brush and can skywrite. It's not really precise enough to do anything too articulate with, even a giant skyscraper-sized dong.

    Overall, I think it's well-deserving of the $8 for both the initial plank experience and the joy of tearing around in a jetpack. Definitely a lot of fun and great for demo'ing to friends.
    Last edited by Shagatron; 10-19-2016 at 12:01 AM.
    curepute and Russell Holly like this.
    10-17-2016 08:35 PM
  2. Russell Holly's Avatar
    Thanks so much for introducing me to this game. I can't put it down!
    10-18-2016 11:01 AM
  3. pkcable's Avatar
    Saw a video of a guy playing this with an actual plank! It looked sweet! Yes he fell!
    10-18-2016 12:40 PM
  4. ciuvak's Avatar
    Thanks for this!
    10-18-2016 09:43 PM
  5. VirtuaTyKing's Avatar
    Sounds like crazy fun. I will check it out at some point.
    10-19-2016 05:52 PM
  6. rafanos's Avatar
    thanks for this men.
    10-30-2016 04:35 AM
  7. vasusumanth's Avatar
    yes it sounds like a crazy like anything thanx you very much to introducing all to this games really you were awesome am keep playing yesterday whole night.
    04-12-2017 09:21 PM
  8. badelhas's Avatar
    Wow, I didnt know this one. Got to try it, of course. Thanks for sharing
    08-15-2017 05:35 AM

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