Defend the Bits VR (Win 10) Reviews

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Johnny Sinister
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Johnny Sinister
TA Score for this game: 597
Posted on 13 March 18 at 20:12
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Defend the Bits VR is a Tower Defense game that utilizes Mixed Reality headset and motion controls. The game exhibits a pixelated enviornment akin to that of Minecraft. You play as a commander (so to speak) who must deploy and control friendly units to stop hoards of block enemies from destroying your tower (per classic Tower Defense stratagem).

This game doesn't seem to have any particular reason for being VR enhanced game, as it runs pretty much like any other Tower Defense game. The game could have easliy designed for convential gaming platforms. It seems that the 'VR' aspect of the game is more of a novelty than anything else. Having said that, it does introduce a new feel for strategy defense gaming as it gives you the feeling that you are standing over a living sandtable, allowing you to literally point and command troops to victory. Although I feel like VR aspect may be borderline 'gimmicky', it is definately a fun, new way to experience classic Tower Defense.

The game itself doesn't really add anything new to the genre, but does a great job in producing a fun atmosphere and rewards players with new characters and upgrades to keep the game fresh and allows for continously evolving strategies. The game contains a decent amount of stages with varying levels of difficulty (some of which will frustrate you until you can come back with new and/or stronger unit).

If you are a fan of achievements (given the nature of this site, it would be safe to assume you are) this title may be a bit frustrating and tedius. There are a total of 100 achievements, many of which include huge grinds. However, if you up for the challenge, it can be a fun and rewarding adventure. There is also an in-game leaderboard (for the later stages at least) so you can see how you stack up against the rest of the community.

It should also be noted that this game (unlike some of the other Mixed Reality games) requires both the Mixed Reality headset and motion controllers. It should also be mentioned (at the time of this review) there seems to be a bug in the game that seems to reset progress on many of the in-game quests after each game reboot. On the plus side, your stat tracker and achievement data are not affected by this (in fact, it allows you to redeem rewards each time you re-complete the quests).

All in all, I find this to be a fun and nifty game that, while not taking full advantage of VR capabilites, adds new charm and innovation to a classic genre of strategy games.

Final Score: 3/5
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