YOU, yes you there!! Do you like frogs? Do you think they are cute? Ever wanted to see the world through the eyes of a frog? Then boy do I have a treat for you, enter the world of Vrog by ByteRockers Games with me and join me on my PSVR journey.
The game play for Vrog is simple. You don’t need a Dual Shock Controller. You don’t need a set of move controllers either, all you need is that glorious PSVR headset and your good to go. All you have to do it look at what you want to eat and you’ll eat it. Look at a lily pad and you’ll jump to it. Really, its that simple.
As with the controls the game play of Vrog is pretty straight forward. There are two modes to choose from. First up is Arcade Mode, this is a timed affair. Ninety seconds to be precise. You hop from lily pad to lily pad eating all the bugs and dragonflies you can in those ninety seconds but making sure to avoid the wasps as they will throw your aiming off for a short period of time and cost you valuable points in the short space of time you have.
The second mode in Vrog is Survival Mode. This mode isn’t timed, it’s score based instead of being on a timer. Again, you jump from lily pad to lily pad eating as many bugs as you can to get your score up so you can progress to the next wave. First off in this mode you will notice two new bugs to eat. A variation of the dragonfly which will slow time down so you can grab more bugs and increase that score multiplier. The second bug is a ladybird. This one darkens your screen temporarily so you can see your bugs easier, edible bugs are green and wasps turn red. It’s that simple really. Unfortunately, that is the whole game in a nutshell. There’s no other modes or content whatsoever. It is a very short game and left me feeling like I had played a tech demo aimed for the much younger audience as the game is so basic and simple to play. After about half an hour I had to really force myself to keep playing this game to try to beat my scores and see if anything changed or if there was something else I had missed but alas no this is the whole game.
As you would expect from a game like Vrog, the graphics are in a cartoon style. They are bright and colourful, but as I’ve come to expect from my Vrog experience they are as basic and uninspiring as the game play is, which is a shame really.
The menu music is not bad, plus on the menu you can change the music to a more disco style which causes the stork to stop eating and start dancing which at first invoked a chuckle from me briefly. In game audio on Vrog is as uninspiring as the game play and graphics unfortunately. There’s a slurping sound when your tongue reaches out to eat those bugs and there’s plenty of burping noises while you do so. Apart from this the only other noises are the buzzing of bugs flying around.
What can I say here? I bet you all know what’s coming here don’t you? Well just in case you don’t know, I’ll tell you. There is no longevity for Vrog. There’s no content to really comment on. Everything’s so basic within the game you can’t go back to it, no scratch that. I know you won’t go back to it. Unless your, I don’t know. About five years old this game has no appeal to 99.9% of gamers. The trophy hunters will hate it as it only takes about twenty minutes to get 100% completion and there’s no platinum trophy for doing so either.
This is a hang your head in shame moment. To me Vrog is nothing more than a tech demo, that at very best should have been a free game bundled with the headset. There is no recommendation from me to purchase this game, as there’s not enough to warrant buying it even at the £5.99 price tag it holds on the PlayStation Store.
Disclaimer: A code was received in order to write this review.
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