VR has come on leaps and bounds in the last few years. Always fancied yourself a swashbuckling pirate or zombie hunter? Well, Sandbox VR gives you the tools (big guns and crossbows) to kick ass.
Looking for something fun to do with you and your friends? Why not a dose of culture at Tai Kwun or Chi Lin Nunnery? Or if that’s not up your street, we know where to play pool in Hong Kong. But if you’re looking for something a bit more adrenaline-filled then Sandbox VR might just be the answer!
The VR Experience
Unlike other VR experiences, Sandbox VR goes down the motion capture route (think Andy Serkis). Simply strap on special nodes to your ankles and hands to mirror your movement from room to VR, which is great, as you avoid getting tangled with each other and get a sense of freedom that other VR experiences don’t allow. In terms of tech, Sandbox VR go all out and give you the quality Razer headphones, headsets and guns. You hear every creaky floorboard and see every decaying zombie crystal clear, unfortunately.
The Curse of Davy Jones
Yaaarrr, The Curse of Davy Jones! It’s a team-based adventure, so you’ll need a crew that can communicate effectively, stay focused and solve puzzles, all of which we were great at (at least we thought so). Fight pirate skeletons and a towering 15-ft-tall Davy Jones hologram on the seven seas, as the wind blows in your face thanks to strategically placed fans. We really enjoyed this challenge!
We’re still a bit unclear on the plot for this one. Some mad scientist/vampire werewolf is turning corpses into zombies and it’s your job to stop him. Pick your weapon and battle hordes of zombies, infectious rats and monsters – it gets very intense! Keep your head on the swivel as the zombies run straight for you and your friends. The level of detail certainly added to the adrenaline and it’s a great experience for all VR enthusiasts. We finally understood why there were so many screams while we were in the waiting room.
Would we go back?
Both games are definitely worth trying; we had a blast. We played both back-to-back roughly 45 minutes per game and that’s a whole lot of VR. Each room is equipped with green screen and fans that help with the immersion, definitely stick around after and check out the hilarious highlights and action reel as you relive the fails and epicness. Thanks to the green screen you can see in-game footage of yourselves in the Deadwood Mansion or on the ship of Davy Jones. It’s a nice touch that other VR’s overlook and fun to look back at. We also loved the loading screen, so tranquil as you lounge in a leafy open-spaced garden under warm sunshine. A note to all, pick your avatars quickly, choose a great captain and get in quick for the biggest guns!
Sandbox VR, 4/F, Tern Plaza, Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2311 9995, 尖沙咀金馬倫道5號太興廣場4樓