Little Witch Academia VR Game (LWAVR) has been released from UNIVRS for Quest/Quest 2. If you have wanted to fly around in VR on a magical broom, doing fun races, this game is it! This game is kind of like Mario Kart, but you are on a boom. The format should be familiar, It is a fast-paced, racing game with items that speed yourself up or slow down your opponents as you try and get first place. Let’s get into this Little Witch Academia VR Game review.
What is Little Witch Academia About?
This VR broom game is based of the anime, Little Witch Academia, but don’t worry if you have never seen it before. (It is currently showing on Netflix if you are interested in watching it!) This VR game was created from a successful Kickstarter. The show has a really large dedicated fan base in Japan and around the world. But like I said, even if you havent seen it, Little Witch Academia VR walks you through who all of the characters are and you quickly learn the story. Akka is not the best student of magic, but she has a happy attitude that carries her and her friends to success at the school. For those who are fans of the anime, the original voice cast is returning for the Little Witch Academia VR game.
The world of Luna Nova Witchcraft Academy is cartoonish and cute. These are fun anime characters and themes. You start off by making your very own anime, witch character from some different options. Then there is a nice tutorial. You meet a cute-faced, ‘smart crystal’ that guides you through each step of learning to fly and race. You and your team mate from the show bond together and the race begins. Aim your broom through the rings to the end of the race for success!
How Is Flying On a Broom in VR?
The VR portion of this is really well done. Your left hand holds the broom (vibrating slightly for some tactile feedback) and your right hand has a magic wand for the items you pick up. You steer with a combination of looking down or around with your headset, and steering with your left “broom” hand. You also wave your right hand ‘wand’ to cast the buffs. There are different colored blob orbs on the race that speed you up or slow you down. Avoid obstacles and stay on track. Even though you are flying at ‘great speeds’ there is no motion sickness. The publishers talked a lot about this and I had my doubts, but I have to admit after a fair amount of playing, I felt no dizziness. Well Done UNIVRS.
Can Kids Play Little Witch Academia VR?
This would be a fun game for kids to get involved in VR. There are not currently many “game experiences” for kids in VR, so I’m happy to see this title. Little Witch Academia is about a coming of age story so its perfect for pre teens and younger folks. The story is very positive and encouraging. There is no violence and it allows you to get familiar with being in a VR world. Definitely recommend for kids and families.
This isn’t designed for hard core FPS gamers….but families and fans.
As I said, the game is pretty simple. You race around on your broom and throw buffs and debuffs around. There is non-skippable, story elements in between the races as you move along the campaign. You also work on leveling up your broom and buying other fancier items as you progress in levels where you switch between characters of the show. This is not complicated gameplay, but then again neither is Mario Kart. It is clear from the Kickstarter that the game was initially designed to bring fans of the show into the world of Little Witch Academia and have you interacting in different ways with the characters. I can see some people who are not into anime or even just not this anime, being put off by this experience. A good portion of the game is cut scene interactions between the levels, talking to the characters. The story isn’t particularly exciting and at some times I found myself button mashing to get to the next race. There is several races and shooting galleries and you need to do some basic challenges to progress in levels. These are typical challenges you would expect, like fly through 100% of the rings in the race or win the race with a fast enough time. There is additional game mechanics of friendship level with each character, but I personally didn’t see the difference between flying with any of the characters and though they perhaps could have done a bit more here.
Final Thoughts About Little Witch Academia VR Game
Little Witch Academia is a fun, cute VR world based off the successful anime. The VR elements are well done and flying around on a broom is fun and doesn’t cause any motion sickness. This is a great VR game for kids because there is no violence and it is very cute. Some people may be put off by the anime style and limited story(or gameplay mechanics) but I think the game fill a niche in the family/fans of the show genre. This game is VR Mario Kart in a cute anime world and I enjoyed the magical flying experience.