If you have ever wondered what it would be like to own a retail grocery store, Shooty Fruity is the game for you. Shooty Fruity will also teach you how to bag groceries while defending your said store from the evil and malicious (and delicious) fruits that are invading your space. This game is one of the most unique first-person shooters we have ever seen, and it makes complete sense that is it exclusive to virtual reality.
In our in-depth game reviews, we try to pack as much information as possible. With our unbiased opinion, we try to cover the most important parts of a VR title before you go out to try or buy one of these virtual reality titles. Navigating the world of VR games right now can be a bit tricky, so we are looking to cover all of the popular titles to help put some value on the games. From how well your scanner works to the locomotion system in the game, this in-depth game review of Shooty Fruity will have everything you need to know.
Getting Up and Running
Getting up and running with Shooty Fruity is no different than any other virtual reality game, and might be easier than most. This game is only coming in at 2 GB, so clearing up enough storage won’t be a problem for most. If you have quick internet, this game could be downloaded and installed before you have time to stand up and warm up. If you have a slower internet, this game could take nearly 20 minutes.
You can find this game on all major VR game store platforms. The Steam Store, Oculus Store, Viveport, and PSVR Store will have this game for the same price of $19.99. This game is also a part of the Viveport Infinity subscription, and it seems like it will be there for some time. If you are looking to play this game and give it a try for no extra price, being a part of the Viveport subscription is a smart move.
Type of Game
This is a first-person shooter with a fun and interesting twist. You will be playing this game as a bagger for your own grocery store, but bagging the goods isn’t your only goal here. You will be constantly be thrown off your path by the floating fruits. The slogan for this game is “Scan. Shoot. Repeat.” and it shows to be true all throughout gameplay. Shooting floating robot fruits might get boring, bagging groceries might get boring, but both at the same time will keep you entertained for at least 10 minutes, if not a year or two.
This game will have you progressing more than most smaller games like this. There are different stages you will need to advance through to make it to the top of your career and to ultimately retire. You will be able to upgrade your weapons, gain power-ups, and much more. This game will keep you on your toes throughout it, as you will be a multi-tasking shooting clerk.
This game is played in the first-person perspective, but it isn’t the same as most. You will be able to see your hands while you are trying to scan your fruits and veggies, but once you grab a weapon of any sort, your hands will be invisible. This comes with no downside, other than an extra inch or so of being able to see your enemies. This game doesn’t put you at a disadvantage by trying to include your arms or legs either, letting your view stay clear the entire time.
Theme and Story – Score: 7/10
There wasn’t much of a story in this game, and the narrator’s voice was incredibly annoying after just a short few minutes. With that being said, the theme was strong enough in this game to propel the score all the way up to 7. A little more context throughout the stages would have been amazing here, but the developers decided to go a different route with this one.
Controls – Score: 6/10
The controls in this game were fine, but they deviate away from what you will usually experience inside of a virtual reality shooting game. In the heat of battle, we would find ourselves going back to what we thought the controls were, making it hard to fight as we were dropping and picking up weapons and the least opportune time. It didn’t break the game, but it certainly would’ve helped the overall score to keep it simple at this point.
Music and Sound – Score: 7/10
The music and sound were fine and got the job done here, and the score reflects that. They could’ve been much more creative, but that wasn’t the main point of the development of this game. The sounds of the guns weren’t as different as a lot of shooting games, and the fruits seemed to be pulling from the same soundtrack regardless of where you were and how they were hit. Not a perfect score here, but it still added to the immersion this game gave and the environment that was created.
Player Movement – Score: 7/10
The player movement worked in this game, but short distance traveling seems to be a reoccurring theme in games like these. You can teleport and reach, but you cant get only a few to your left or right. This game could’ve benefited from the movement in the game Doom VFR, but it still didn’t break this game. A lot of the gameplay in Shooty Fruity VR is done while standing still, so it won’t impact you too much while playing.
Kinetosis – Score: 9/10
Because this game is mostly stationary, the motion sickness felt in this game is slim to none. The only time you will feel some, and the reason that it isn’t getting a perfect score is when you would leave the counter and would have to move in the break room. Other than that, the developers cared tremendously about how your stomach felt while inside and out of this game.
Environment and Immersion – Score: 7/10
This game doesn’t do a perfect job of immersing you in the game, but the environment it creates is one that is fun, fast, and welcoming when you are wanting to play. It is a fun game to be in. If the movement could have been refined a bit and the sounds were better and more diverse, this game could be getting a much higher score than we are giving it here. One good update could solve this problem quickly.
Overall – Score: 7/10
The overall score here properly reflects the way we felt about this game. It’s a fun one to play, but nothing you are going to get yourself lost in for hours and hours. It’s a pretty good game to show people that are still getting into VR, but not one you will be looking forward to play on a Sunday afternoon after a long week of work. We recommend the download through Viveport Infinity, but we aren’t too sure this game is worth the full $20 that they are asking for.