Waddle Home, from Archiact, is a Lemmings inspired virtual reality puzzler in which you must guide a group of hapless penguins back to their spaceship. Once you have the PSVR headset on you are instantly immersed in frozen world that these penguins inhabit as you assume the role of a benevolent alien overseer.
The game-play is similar in style to Back to Bed, once the penguins are released from the cage that imprisons them they will continually waddle forwards until something blocks their path. When this happens they turn right and continue waddling. You can alter the march of the penguins by raising and lower blocks, which are easily identifiably from the rest of the white cubes of ice and snow that make up the floating islands.
Waddle Home has forty levels, which do increase in difficulty as you progress. I was able to complete each of the first couple of levels in about a minute or so, but the further I progressed the more time it took especially when robots, capture pads, switches and locked doors were thrown into the mix. Some developers opt to increase the longevity their games by have instant deaths or lives etc, but Archiact have been quite forgiving with their approach. In Waddle Home the penguins don’t die when they are captured by robots, they just return to the cage and wait to be released again. This makes the game a more pleasant experience and longevity is provided by having collectables, in the form of three eggs, on the levels.
The controls for Waddle Home are basic; you use the PSVR headset to look around and the DualShock 4 handles the rest. In this virtual environment the controller has a laser pointer emitting from it and this is used to highlight and interact with the penguins, robots and blocks. If you get close enough you can even “bop” them with the ball that is on the end of the virtual controller. The floating islands are rotated by pressing the trigger buttons, which means you can always keep an eye on the penguins.
Graphically the 3D worldWaddle Home is very detailed and there are some nice touches; like the way the display freezes when you go out of the tracking area and the 3D snowflakes. The freedom of virtual reality means that you can get up close and personal to the action or stand up and view it from an elevated position. The tracking of the headset works really well and I experienced no motion sickness while playing it.
If you are looking to add an enjoyable Lemmings style puzzler to your collection of PSVR games then stop looking because you’ve found it. Although it’s short Waddle Home is a cute, charming and fun virtual reality game that is easy to pick up and enjoyable to play.
NelMaNo Rating -7/10
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