The virtual reality gaming scene accommodates a variety of genres, from puzzle games and mobile adaptations to full-fledged racing games and horror titles. But it appears that the VR platform is also a place where physics-based games are becoming increasingly popular. These types of games don’t need to be overly complicated in terms of gameplay, and a proper physics engine can greatly contribute to an immersive experience, at least for a while until the core gameplay mechanics show their limitations and players get bored. But for a bit of casual fun, physics-based VR games can be great, and for HTC Vive owners looking for a new experience, a new early-access title called VeeR Pong might very well do the trick.
As its name suggests, VeeR Pong is a physics-based game for the HTC Vive, which aims to emulate the experience you would get from playing Beer Pong in your back yard. Of course, Beer Pong is a party game with a simple rule set: throw the ping pong ball in your opponent’s plastic cups to make your opponent drink the contents, which usually consist of beer. As expected, VeeR Pong follows similar rule sets, but as a virtual reality game, it doesn’t make for much of a party experience. Besides, drinking alcohol is probably not the best idea when playing VR games, and in fact, the official HTC Vive safely and regulatory guide states that the product should not be used “under the influence of intoxicants / drugs […] as it may exacerbate your condition”. But technically speaking, VeeR Pong can be played with other HTC Vive owners in multiplayer regardless of where they are located in the real world, and this should contribute to the whole “party game” experience; it’s just that it may not be a good idea to turn VeeR Pong into an actual drinking game given that alcohol and virtual reality don’t mix well together.
VeeR Pong is now available on Steam for the discounted price of $10, or €7,99 (down from €9,99). It is an early access title so it’s not yet fully polished and developed. Still, it comes with a multiplayer mode, a casual mode which gives players more control over the rules of the game, as well as a competitive mode which follows “a slightly modified version” of the rule set used in the World Series of Beer Pong.