Grab at rocks while avoiding obstacles and pitfalls as you race to the top at the shortest time possible.
Discover a bunch of Easter eggs scattered through particular locations as you take different possible routes to the top.
Enjoy the ride down the zip line from the top and decide whether to give it a go once more to get a better score.
There may be a bunch of reasons why people climb mountains. Ever since both people and mountains both began to exist, people started climbing them. Climbing a mountain or a big rock that goes all the way up to the sky provides an amazing experience for some people and a strong sense of accomplishment. Also, the danger factor adds a lot to the value of the activity as sort of a badge of survival for those who successfully reach the top. One can only wonder why climbers would risk their very lives just to get to the pinnacle of Mount Everest or the Rocky Mountains as quite a few have lost theirs attempting to do so.
Regardless to date, people climb mountains as a sport, a challenge or simply for the heck of it and come what May whether one still gets back or not. Others need to do so as part of their jobs or again simply because it comes with the territory. The popularity of climbing as an exercise has even given an opportunity to make a buck or two by hosting climbing tours, events and sport oriented centers dedicated to the art of scaling. Various programs and simulations have become a favorite activity for those wanting to take a worthwhile break, relieve everyday stress or simply enjoy some fun and recreation.
With today’s availability of VR and computer technology, we can enjoy a simulation of the exercise at home. With an HMD and controllers, a player can experience (in one way or the other) what it would be like to climb a huge mountain or scale a steep and jagged rock formation and break some actual sweat while doing it.
A good example would be Adventure Climb VR, a free2play rock climbing simulation from MXTreality, a group of actual mountain/rock climbers who have decided to share the experience via Virtual Reality. The mechanics of the game is quite simple to literally grasp and the objective is to naturally get to the top of Rocky Mountain high. Adventure Climb VR is also actually a demo game as it has one and only one level to complete. However, the game does provide an adequate amount of physical chellenges and a breathtaking mountainous view in VR.
There are varied ways to reach the top as one grabs hold of rocks and taking care not to slip and come tumbling down with one's quest to get to the top. The developers have included some Easter eggs or items of interest scattered at various points on the overall rock formation. Some are hidden while others will stare you in plain sight. Be sure to be alert of falling rocks that may come your way as these may cause you to loose your footing and thus repeat the game.
Adventure Climb can be played solo or with a group of friends as separate experiences with the challenge on who is able to reach the top at a much faster rate or who can discover the most Easter eggs in the game. There are also ropes and other climbing tools available which can make the scaling part a much better prospect. Once at the top, one can take the zip line downward to the start location of the game and decide whether to give it a go once more. One gets points and achievements for rate of climb, discoveries and activities done.
Overall, the graphics is good and at times quite breathtaking although some minor flows are evident which blatantly reminds one that this is after all just a VR simulation. Never the less, despite the shortness of the game, it will give you an experience of great heights if that is something one is looking for. A little more polishing is needed should the game be released seriously in full as it can be prone to giving one some visual and motion issues if one isn't used to locomotion based games in VR. Finally, one has the option to smell the mountain air as the game works with the Cilia VR smell device from Haptic Sol.