Out now on: Oculus Quest (and Early Access on Steam)
There’s something to be said for the arcade simplicity of many VR titles, where a game can be built around a single, simple mechanic and be an incredibly satisfying experience without needing to be particularly deep or long.
In Disc Ninja, that mechanic takes the form of the player flinging their frisbee through ever more elaborate, sometimes vertically designed, courses in order to reach the goal: hitting a dragon with their virtual plastic disc.
It’s wrapped up in appealingly implemented ancient Japanese visuals and ambience, with lots of lovely little interactive touches such as placing a figure on a paper map to choose your stage, banging a gong to start and throwing a smoke grenade on the floor to teleport yourself out of a stage or to the options menu.
Though a very simple game – with the aim being to reach each stage’s dragon statue in as few throws as possible, the charming, relaxing and atmospheric setting, along with the gentle exploration you’ll do when first encountering the ever elaborate stages (set around mountains, temples, waterfalls and more), give it a pretty unique and laidback feel. There’s lots of accessibility options on offer, so if your disc throwing is particularly cack-handed (as mine is), you can even set a straight line that your disc will follow if you need it, as just one example. There’s cosmetic items to collect from shiny pots hidden in stages, so you can customise your disc and your ninja’s look – though viewed in first person, other players will be able to see your character in the multiplayer mode (note that, as I have been working my way through the game’s campaign prior to release, I’ve yet to try the multiplayer options).
Disc Ninja may be a simplistic experience, but the frisbee throwing physics have been implemented perfectly – and it’s an absolute joy to teleport around the Japan-themed stages, taking in the cartoony sights and sounds. The clever thematic touches add a nice level of immersion and physical interactivity to the game too; Disc Ninja is a really well-made, arcade style disc golf title that has bags of charm.
Many thanks to Immersion for providing me with a copy of Disc Ninja for review purposes.
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