Have you ever wondered what it might be like to ride shotgun with a crash dummy? Well, that’s exactly what Mad Race VR is all about, and it’s actually kind of fun, considering you don’t actually do anything but white knuckle it the whole way and hope for the best.
To start the game, just put your phone into your VR headset and align the vertical green line to make sure the images display properly. They only give you a few seconds to make the adjustment, so be ready for it. From there, just look at the green circle to your left and hold that position until the game starts.
Now that you’re strapped in and raring to go, it’s like you’re sitting in a roller coaster car climbing that first steep hill. The crash dummy is revving the engine, then punches it, and you’re off to the races. The action takes place at night, with glistening wet pavement that adds depth and sharpness to the landscape as it whizzes by at breakneck speeds. The illusion of speed is excellent and definitely made me feel like I was on one wild ride. The graphics are quite good too, with lots of nice details and realistic renders.
You’re not actually steering or anything, just tagging along for the ride as the crash dummy driver burns through tunnels, zigzags around obstacles like falling school buses and flaming trash cans. No one said VR had to make sense to be fun. But it’s super cool, to be sure.
Look around your surroundings, left, right, up, down, and even behind you. It’s a complete, 360 degree universe. The race lasts for a couple minutes at most before the ride winds down to a halt. And just like any good carnival ride, that’s your cue to get off the ride and get right back in line to do it all over again.
Mad Race VR isn’t going to win any awards for originality, but as frivolous fluff, this is pure VR entertainment.