Tower defense games are not all that difficult to come by in the world of VR gaming. Several of these games exist already, and the genre lends itself quite well to the concept of top-down VR gaming in general. Battle of Kings VR is an interesting game which started out as a Samsung Gear VR product. It now also available on HTC Vive and Oculus Rift for $8.49.
Battle of Kings VR Works Extremely Well
Although one could argue tabletop tower defense games in VR are becoming a saturated market, it’s always best to keep an open mind. Battle of Kings VR shows there is a lot of merit to this genre. It has its very own single-player campaign which lets you explore different options and enjoy a great game. Additionally, there’s also a “battle mode” which lets players engage in offensive gameplay rather than just the basic tower defense elements found in other similar games. It is a great mix of different approaches, and one a lot of players will thoroughly enjoy.
There are other things which make Battle of Kings VR stand out as well. There is an online multiplayer mode for players to enjoy. Unlike other tower defense games, an online component is not something we see all that often as far as this genre is concerned. Although it is not exactly unheard of in the tower defense genre, we rarely see any VR game explore this option these days. After all, online communities among VR gamers are still not a big trend, and Battle of Kings won’t rely on its multiplayer element to be successful either.
With the single-player campaign spread out over three islands, there’s some interesting scenery to enjoy along the way. Every island has you protect your kingdom against James, who is trying to take over. Build up your defenses, thwart his attacks, and watch things unfold in your favor as the game progresses. It works surprisingly well, even though we would have liked to see the game use the VR controllers a bit more. At the same time, the gameplay is simple enough for anyone to pick up, thus it’s not a big trade-off to make.
With the levels becoming progressively more difficult, there’s a solid three hours of singleplayer content in Battle of Kings. Depending on how you approach the game in general, that playtime can easily be doubled or even tripled accordingly. Although the graphics are not spectacular by any means, the game itself works just fine. It is not a unique experience by any means, but there is nothing to complain about either. For people new to the genre or fans of tower defense games, Battle of Kings is well worth checking out.
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