Highway Stunt Bike Riders VR gets bonus points for trying to offer a full-fledged game, but at the end of the day, it’s sort of crude and rudimentary, and that’s being kind. The app is more of a combat riding game than it is about stunt riding. Personally, I was looking forward to the latter, but okay, let’s roll with it.
There’s actually some decent instructions at the top of the game that describe all the commands available. It’s a little overwhelming at first, but once you get the hang of it, there’s really not much to it. Here’s how it all breaks down:
Look down for turbo boost.
Look up to pop a wheelie.
Look to the left to punch other bikers.
Look to the right to kick other bikers.
Tilt left to change lanes to the left.
Tilt right to change lanes to the right.
So basically, you’re burning rubber down a highway in the middle of nowhere. The traffic is light and not very congested. The cars and landscape look pretty good. The graphics are still a little rough around the edges, but passable. If this weren’t a VR game, I’d be calling the graphics crude and cheesy, so take that into account. The sounds are laughable, especially the voice over parts; it’s just a good thing they use it all very sparingly because it’s totally lame.
There’s a few different tracks to choose from, offering modest differences in locale, but basically presenting the exact same game. The tricky part, was figuring out how to best kick and punch other bikers on the roadway without biting it; apparently, the Hells Angels have reduced their raucous brawls to paltry catfight blows. You earn a few points for each successful takedown, but be careful, because it’s easy to get all caught up in beating the crap out of your opponent’s hide, and before you know it, you’ve rear ended a car and are sliding across the pavement, shredding skin.
The crashes and road rash slides are actually delivered in painstaking slow motion, just to drive the point home. The animation is easily this game’s weakest element. The renders are so slow and plodding, that they suck most of the fun right out of this game. Highway Stunt Bike Riders VR comes off like a crude beta that’s not ready for prime time. It’s decent, not great.