Now with full controller support for the Oculus Quest, Homestar Runner is back in action! Much like the previous versions of this game, you play through numerous mini-games made by The Brothers Chaps that have been spruced up just enough to be ported over to VR.
Much like Marooners, it’s free so even if you’ve played it before, there’s no reason not to give it another go!
It’s a fairly straightforward game: 2D 2.5D side-scrolling platformer with simplistic objectives that come off as vague at times. The controls are tight and responsive though often the character movement is somewhat of an inconvenience if you’re looking for a”perfect” playthrough.
That being said, how much you get out of the game really depends on what your expectations are when you download it. If you were hoping for some sort of deep, high-quality title…this isn’t it. But if you’re looking for a short little romp that’ll put a smile on your face and make you feel like a kid again…you’re in the right place.
There are three modes that you can choose from when starting – “Old-Timey Mode”, “Arcade Mode” and “Marzipan Mode”. Old-Timey is basically just Story Mode with an emphasis on collecting all of the things in each stage, Marzipan is focused solely on completing “challenges” that are strewn throughout the game and Arcade mode is for those looking to just play through HomestarVR without having to worry about collecting items. And you know what? That’s pretty much it! It’s a simple, easy-to-understand game.
There are some amazing things that really stand out. The first thing that caught my eye was the world size. There’s something just so striking about being in a 2D side-scroller where you can wander around and explore to your heart’s content! It feels much more alive than the previous versions of Homestar Runner for desktop computers.
Another standout is having literally every mini-game from the flash version included here. You don’t have to mess around with download links and extensions and all of that crap. While the graphics aren’t quite as vibrant as they used to be, it’s a nice touch!
The biggest drawback I can find is definitely the lack of depth in terms of what you can do. For a game that was originally made as a browser-based Flash game, it’s nice to have some more options available. It would be cool if you could customize the games in some way or even just mess around with them yourself!
In terms of value for money, is this title worth your cash? If you’re looking for a high-quality game with lots of content and options, the answer is no. But if you’re looking for something fun to play through on your quest, this title is definitely worth every penny! It may be simple but that doesn’t mean it’s not a load of fun!