Emphasis on fluid movement sets this addictive experience apart from its contemporaries.
Originally released in July of 2019, Kluge Interactive’s action rhythm experience Synth Riders has finally arrived on the Oculus Quest, bringing with it 31 individual tracks featuring varying levels of difficulty.
Similar to Beat Saber, without-doubt the most popular VR rhythm game currently available, Synth Rider tasks players with hitting a series of colored notes with their corresponding to the beat of a soundtrack composed of thumping electronic music. Unlike Beat Sabers sword-slashing mechanic, however, Synth Rider instead has players tapping colored orbs while keeping their controllers steady overflowing rails of glowing light. Added complexities such as notes that require both hands and physical obstacles players must navigate around add an additional challenge to the experience.
“After more than a year in Early Access, we are excited to launch our Full Release, which would not have been possible without tremendous support from our community, and the good people at Oculus and their QA team. We are proud of our launch and have no plans to stop bringing new music, new features, and more engaging ways to play Synth Riders” said Abraham Aguero, Creative Director at Kluge Interactive, in an official release.
Since launch, Synth Riders has expanded its catalog to include an impressive 31 intense tracks from artists including Celldweller, Prizm, and Sunset Neon; each featuring four levels of difficulty ranging from “Easy” to “Master.” There are currently four game modes available to players: Regular, Boxing, Endurance, and Force. At the time of this writing, there are currently 7 playable maps available. Kluge Interactive has confirmed that more levels are already in development are is multiplayer functionality and Oculus Quest social integration.
While at first glance it may seem as though Synth Riders borrows heavily from existing VR rhythm games, this is in no way a cheap Beat Saber knock-off. Thanks to a heavy focus on fluid, smooth movements and a healthy dose of old-school vaporwave aesthetics, Synth Riders has managed to carve out its own little niche within the growing VR rhythm genre. Whereas Beat Saber places you in the shoes of a lightsaber-wielding DJ, Synth Riders makes you feel as though you’re raving at a classic 90’s nightclub (Crystal Pepsi not included).
So, whether you’re looking for your first VR rhythm games, trying to incorporate more exercise into your VR sessions, or just need a break from Beat Saber, Synth Riders is definitely worth checking out. You can pick up Synth Riders on Oculus Quest today for $16.99. If you already happen to own a copy for the Oculus Rift/Rift S, you currently have a free Quest copy waiting for you in the store courtesy of Oculus cross-buy.
Feature Image Credit: Kluge Interactive
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