'Are Aligned' turns VR into a party game anyone can enjoy

From Engadget - August 10, 2017

The concept is simple: One player wears an HTC Vive, while up to four others hold plastic balls in different colors (which contain small Vive Tracker accessories). The person in the Vive, who can see where all of those players are in VR, then has to direct everyone to place their toy balls in specific locations, represented by large floating orbs in virtual space. As you can imagine, hilarity ensues.

Like any great party game, Are Aligned is all about communication. The VR wearer has to be incredibly clear about where everyone needs to go; just pointing people to a specific spot is not enough. Meanwhile, the players have to pay attention to all of the instructions, hold their toys in place, and avoid colliding with each other. It never gets to a point where you have to balance your limbs precariously, like Twister, but there is plenty of running around, especially when the key location ends up in an odd spot, like along a floor.

Are Aligned shares something else with beloved party games: It's incredibly easy to pick up. It takes a few minutes to get the hang of things when you are the VR lead, but for everyone else, it's just a matter of holding their toy balls and following instructions. I saw several groups run through the game while having a blast during Viacom's demo day, with little downtime to learn the ropes.


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