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Island Time VR is a delightful escape to a remote tropical island, but this isn't LOST. The secrets of this tiny plot of land can be figured out all too quickly, and there's not enough of an element of random chance to retain interest in repeated playthroughs.
Much like Job Simulator, Island Time balances the ridiculous with a challenging task perfectly. Although it may get repetitive once you learn the ropes, the loop of discovering new ways to survive while dealing with whatever mishaps may occur is engaging and enjoyable. Spending time on the island with your mate Carl the Crab can be great fun in VR, just don't expect to spend a lifetime doing it.
Island Time was great fun (eventually) and I would certainly recommend it, though I can’t help but think it would be a little more enjoyable given the prompt to stand at the start and a little more accuracy in it’s tracking. I want you to play it, and on a system with better tracking if possible, like the HTC Vive. Regardless, I do suspect I will be back attempting to survive the treacherous VR island with my crab companion very soon.
Island Time VR is a survival game with easy gameplay mechanics and quick matches, which can easily become chaotic if the player is not careful. Even though it is an entertaining experience, the game offers a limited amount of activities that can be done, becoming a title to be played occasionally for a short period of time or in the company of a group of friends.
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Island Time VR is an enjoyable and inoffensive little diversion that I spent a few fun hours with. That said, I have a hard time recommending Island Time to anyone that isn't spending an afternoon giggling with buddies. This is the sort of game that is fun to demo VR on a rainy day, providing entertainment while watching someone flail around. But unfortunately, there just isn't enough gameplay present on this tiny island to engage an experienced VR player for more than a couple of short sessions.
Island Time VR has some neat ideas on show and can be a lot of fun to play, but unfortunately you’ll see everything that it has to offer in around an hour. After that, you’re simply repeating the same tasks over and over again as you look to survive that little bit longer… there’s really not much to it. This wouldn’t typically be a problem but when you consider that it’s £16.99, you’re not really getting a lot of bang for your buck – especially when there are meatier PlayStation VR titles available right now for a much lower price. It has a lot of charm though and if you saw it on sale for a more reasonable price I’d definitely recommend picking it up, if only to see the many ways you can die or just to experience how fun and creative island life can be. Right now though, there’s simply not enough on offer to make Island Time VR an essential PlayStation VR purchase.
Island Time VR's best attributes – the visuals and the voice acting – are unfortunately overshadowed by some very major flaws in repetitive gameplay, a very short running-time, and game-breaking bugs. If you are looking for a new friend, Carl the Crab will certainly suffice, but if you're looking for a top-notch VR survival title, we'd suggest you swimming the other way.
Island Time VR is a survival game deprived of effective resources. Elements that should be in great supply—variability, actionable materials, and available real estate—are reduced to a minimum, instead depending on the novelty of virtual reality for sustenance. With PlayStation VR's incapacity for a proper room-scale experience, Island Time VR is left out to starve.
Island Time VR has some terrific bright visuals and peppy voice acting, and you can see that there is a fair bit of charm about the game. It’s just a shame that the entire game is just too limited.
Island Time VR might have been a fun pick up and play game had it cost £3.99 or something similar, however, there is no way I could possibly recommend you pay £16.99 for what essentially feels like a demo. There are so many better games out there which you should spend your hard earned cash and time on. It disappoints me to say this, but spend your money on something else.