InVokeR Review – Multiplayer One-on-one Wizard Battles Galore

It seems there are multiple VR games focusing on the fantasy aspect. That is a positive trend, as fantasy lends itself perfectly to VR in general. InVokeR is one of the more interesting multiplayer fantasy games to take note of. It focuses on 1v1 Wizard combat, although it won’t last long if there is no online community. The game is available for both HTC Vive and Oculus Rift as we speak.

InVokeR is a Great Game With Friends

There are very few better experiences than beating your friend in a one-on-one wizarding duel in virtual reality. It is one of the main strengths of InVokeR, a game which was released some time ago. Magic dueling games and virtual reality are  a potent mix, that much is evident. There is no single player combat in this game other than  a few tutorials to get you acquainted with the controls, but that is about it. Without people to play with, InVokeR won’t be as fun, though.

Do not be mistaken in thinking this is a simple game, though. It looks simple and the controls are easy to get used to, but you won’t win every wizard duel without some effort. Players are in your face the entire time, which means timing is of the utmost importance. It is somewhat disappointing to not teleport short distance around the map, but it makes sense as the developers want to avoid motion sickness altogether.

Graphics-wise, the game looks very cartoonish, but it does the job just fine. Although not everyone will take a liking to it it does the job just fine. Do keep in mind the developer team is pretty small, which explains why you won’t see Horizon Zero Dawn-esque graphics in this game. InVokeR is great fun, thanks to this cartoonish look and effects, but there is still room for improvements and expansion. A short single player mode would do a lot of people some good, that much is certain.

More specifically, there is no real variation in spells and standing in front of your fellow wizard at all times is something that will wear off pretty quickly. It’s  a nice game to pick up if you can play it with friends, but the US$14.99 price is a bit steep for an Early Access game. When it gets fleshed out a bit more in terms of variation and game modes, InVokeR is certainly worth the money. For now, we’d advise to wait for  a sale before picking it up.

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