Studio: Motoda media
Type: Arcade /simulation
Price : 1.99$
Skee- ball simulator is a game on the Samsung Gear VR. At first glance can seem a little underwhelming compared to the other Arcade simulators like Stern’s Pinball Arcade or the Oculus arcade. The bright neon lights are missing from SBS ( Skee-Ball Simulator ). As is the iconic glow in the dark carpet, posters and other visual nostalgia that took my breath away in Stern’s. But the developer of SBS is also lacking the ability of working with a larger studios budget.
Enter Motoda Media – Alex Keerma, he’s a Indy VR hopeful. He created the game in his spare time with all the money he could. I’m for one and really grateful for guys like him! Indy developers like Alex are taking advantage of the unique position VR presents to all developers. There’s no clear way to make an outstanding game There’s only opportunities through trial and error. And they are all on the same playing field.
So, the graphics are not top tier, but they are functional and you get straight to the point. There’s the Skee-ball lane, and ramp. To your right is a shelf, that can hold up to 15 different types of skee-balls . On your left is a juke box machine where you can change the music.
All the tracks were made by the Saint of Royalty-free music, Kevin Macleod. If you don’t know who this guy is, He’s a composer from New York, and he’s made over 2,000 royalty free tracks anyone can use as long as you give credit to where credit is due. And because of this he has over 2,300 composer credits listed on IMBD. Alex Recommends going to his website www.FreePD.com and show him some love. He deserves it.
Behind you is a door, and when you look close enough you can see the credits for the game. Then on your back right, you’ll see a T.V. “Uses for this T.V. are coming soon in a future update” Alex says.
Game play is easy to pick up and very hard to master. And just like real skee-ball I’m not great at it.
When I start the game I get to choose what type of game I want to play…
classic ( 10 balls ) Challenge ( 20 balls ) and Marathon (30 balls )
You use the headset to play this game. After you see the Balls load. You tap on the left side of the Samsung Gear VR touch pad. You’ll see the ball shift from right to left, you can choose where you want to throw the ball. Then you will see a bar, with a white marker, this is the amount of spin you want to apply to your ball. Then the power bar will grow and shrink. After that the ball will launch and the physics of the game take over. You do this over and over trying to land the ball into one of the holes with a point value applied to it. The goal is to get the highest score possible. The higher the score the more tickets you will receive when the round is over. You can use these tickets to buy different types of skee-balls.
And that’s about it. Alex has assured me there is plenty more coming, multiple rooms where different physics force you to play in interesting ways, More music and graphical upgrades are in the works.
Alex told me he wanted to create a game that didn’t use a controller, only the head mounted touch pad for easy usability, with simple gameplay that was fun and rewarding to the player. And he also was a huge fan of Skee-Ball. Duh.
And now you can buy it on the Oculus store for 2$.
Bottom line, Is this something you will love? Is it worth 2$? I say absolutely yes, It’s challenging, It’s different, It’s a niche VR needs. What bugs me the most is when a triple A studio releases a game that is a steaming pile of crap. And they expect you to dish out big money for it. I’m looking at you ARLOOPA inc. Sherriff VR isn’t fooling anyone.
You might only play SBS for a few mins. You might get sucked in to the difficulty and play it until you have the very last Skee-Ball variation. But what you are really doing is supporting a Indy developer, with a passion for making games. And like my good friend, and creator of the Infinity Equals One VR app, Shaun Oster Says, If you think this is fun now. Wait till you see what I can do with a budget.
If you would like to see a video review on the game as well as a Interveiw With Alex Keerma. Check out my Youtube Channel @ Nate Miller or just click the link below. It will be posted within a week.