Day Dream Blue is a virtual reality game playable on the Samsung VR and Oculus Rift. It is developed by Ralph VR and was showcased in the Indie Megabooth at PAX East 2016.
I was invited by an enthusiastic staff from Ralph VR who was super excited to tell me how awesome this game was. Since virtual reality games is becoming the new ‘thing’, I figured what the hell, I had nothing better to do anyways. The developer gave me a brief introduction before getting me settled in front of the monitor.
“Daydream Blue is a camping simulator in a magical valley where every activity and mini-game is created by imagining what a child would dream up while playing there.” – Richie Hoagland, CEO Ralph VR
After putting on the Oculus headset I was faced with the colourful world of Day Dream Blue. Immediately to my right stood a creature that looked part squirrel and part chipmunk. Then it began to talk to me and I had a minor panic attack because it sounded EXACTLY like the dev that was just speaking to me except this time directly whispering into my ear about how nice it was to randomly see me in an empty forest clearing.
After the initial shock, I looked around and found that the forest was covered in fog. It was hard to see in front of me. In my attempt to move forward I actually lunged ahead and hit myself in the chest against the table. Evidently, VR has yet to become so advanced. To move around, I had to control my character using a controller and a little dot that pinpoints exactly where I was looking.
The game began to teach simple mechanics and movement- how to pick items up and how to throw. The first quest involved picking up a log, creating a stone fire ring and throwing a tent up (literally). Once completed the fog withdraws and a beautiful landscape is revealed. I can see the potential in the game in terms of an interesting and immersive storyline. Moving around involves looking at a specific circle and clicking Y on my controller.
I was also introduced to a robot companion that is supposed to be my friend in case I didn’t have anyone willing to Day Dream Blue with me. According to the Ralph VR, this robot will be “the best thing ever.”
The game is being promoted as a place where you can get together with your friends even if they’re not physically around you. You can do quests together, play mini games and chat in game! There is even an online component where you can connect with friends to complete certain quests.
Day Dream Blue can potentially become the catalyst for a new generation of “virtual” hangout games that will transcend the limits set by the likes of Second Life.