The latest game to be released for the Oculus Quest is Coaster Combat, developed by Baltoro Games. As an entry-level (no pun intended) VR experience, Coaster Combat delivers on its promise of fun arcade-style rollercoaster combat. The mechanics feel very intuitive and it becomes pretty easy to jump right into the game after a short tutorial.
The game is very user-friendly, so I never felt confused or overwhelmed by the controls. Before each wave of enemies, you are given the opportunity to upgrade your weapons and skills for that current session, otherwise, you’re good to go on round one!
I really enjoyed the first level of Coaster Combat. It begins with an on-rails segment where you’re soaring through the air blasting enemies as they come into view. This is a great way to acquaint yourself with your weapons and get ready for the fast-paced action that’s about to happen! I really liked how Baltoro Games fit so many different types of rollercoasters into one single level. You go from flying to riding on top of the rails, to swinging on a vine, to racing down a mountainside. It’s all very fluid and it never gave me any sense of nausea.
I did find myself wishing for some more thematic variety while playing Coaster Combat (but I guess you can’t have everything). For example, in one wave you’re fighting in the sky, the next you’re deep within a volcano. While it was fun to go from environment to environment, I felt like there wasn’t enough of a thematic connection between each location. This is just one small gripe though, and I quickly got over it when I started blasting robots with laser machine guns!
The combat in Coaster Combat is great! It’s engaging, fluid, and it’s always keeping you on your toes. The controls are very easy to get ahold of and I never felt like the enemies were overpowered. In fact, none of the waves ever felt too difficult or frustrating (even when I was dying over and over again). The game is at its best during the more difficult waves when you’re up against overwhelming odds and you’re struggling to survive. The fast-paced combat kept me on my toes at all times which helped prevent any feelings of nausea or discomfort that might come with playing VR for an extended period of time.
I had so much fun blasting enemies in Coaster Combat! There are multiple enemy types, each with its own unique weapons and abilities. You’ll go from fighting robotic spiders to laser shooting robots in no time flat, all while riding on a rainbow rail! I found it very satisfying to jump between each obstacle and target each type of enemy separately. It was never too difficult or frustrating, but it was challenging enough to keep me on my toes at all times.
The only thing I didn’t like about the combat in Coaster Combat is that there wasn’t more of it! After you get through a couple waves of enemies, that’s pretty much where your roller-coaster ride ends and the game goes back to being on rails. I found myself wanting to keep fighting and upgrading forever, and it was a bit disappointing when the game ended after only a few minutes.
I’m not sure if this is something that can be tweaked in future updates or not, but I really think Baltoro Games should look into adding more features/modes for players to play around with. Coaster Combat is excellent as it currently stands, but I think it’s at its strongest when there are more enemies to fight and more upgrades available for you to unlock.
Regardless, I had a smile from ear to ear when I booted up Coaster Combat. Its unique take on an arcade shooter really pushes the boundaries of what you can do with VR, and I think it’s a great addition to anyone’s collection!