VR game: Higher Ground

Higher Ground is a casual game for Gear VR.

The shots below are the latest version which is currently in review at the Oculus Store. It will be available via key redemption and any existing installation will be auto-updated when the new version is live.

Send an email or send a private message on the forum and I’ll send a free key.

The simplest way of getting the app is to copy the key you get via email on your Galaxy device, then open the Oculus app, click More down the bottom and select Redeem Key. Once you’ve pasted that in, the app will be added to your library and you’ll get updates as you would with any Oculus Store app you purchased.

Higher Ground is strongly influenced by an excellent game I once played on the Amiga called The Sentinel, where you climb a landscape in order to oversee the Sentinel and conquer it. For a small video of gameplay, follow this youtube link. Or for the new version, follow this youtube link.

In the original, the player moves by teleportation. If you have enough energy you can project a clone of yourself and transport yourself into that shell. If you have time – that is, you’re not under attack – you can turn around and absorb your old shell so no energy is lost.

This type of gameplay was useful in the days when high-frame-rate 3D was not possible on domestic computers. But it also suits VR, where moving visually but remaining stationary physically is not a totally comfortable experience for everyone.

One important difference in this interpretation is that it requires only a Gear VR headset, and ideally a swivel chair. Gameplay is built around gazing and the occasional tap. If you have a controller you can use the action button instead of tapping on the headset.

The game is fully functional but with minimal packaging.

Playing the game