- System: PSVR, Steam VR, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest
- Publisher: UNIVRS, Inc.
- Developer: UNIVRS, Inc.
- Release Date: Oct. 13, 2020 Oculus Quest/Quest 2; Jul. 15, 2021 PSVR/Oculus Rift/Steam VR
- Pricing: $29.99
- Rating: E - Everyone
- Genre: Adventure, Casual, Racing, Sports, VR
- Players: 1, Online Multiplayer
- Official Website: https://lwa-vr.com/
Who It Caters To
What to Expect
One thing to point out is that though LWAVR boasts motion sickness reduction technology, the rollercoaster nature of the game and the need to constantly tilt one's body and head to maneuver may still cause a bit of motion sickness for some players. We experienced a tiny bit of it during some erratic flying in some of our races, though not enough to make us actually sick or force us to stop playing. We can only imagine how dizzying it would be without UNIVRS, Inc.'s tech!
“Little Witch Academia: VR Broom Racing” New Trailer
After the magic festival at the Luna Nova Witchcraft Academy, there's a sudden, unexpected overflow of previously scarce magic power so the school invites guest students to help consume the excess magic, and you're one of them! The goal is to practice with Akko and other students and then win the Stella Cup, a two-witch broom race, on the last day of your term.
It's a simple setup, but it's really all about experiencing the VR races with our favorite witches. Like most racing games, there really isn't much need for an explanation as to why one is racing. Just get on your brooms and ride!
There are more than 10 tracks to conquer in single-player mode, each one completed alongside a different student of Luna Nova like Akko, Diana, Lotte, Sucy, Amanda, and others, each of which gives you a different edge in the race. Likewise, upgrading your broom with points and tickets will give you different benefits and power-ups when racing. You start with a bronze broom and are able to upgrade to silver, gold, mercury, etc., and add magic stones that enhance certain attributes like speed, shot size and accuracy, maneuverability, and more! You earn points and tickets by meeting goals set at the beginning of each track like completing the race in less than a certain amount of time, finishing in 2nd or 1st place, purifying a certain number of ghosts, etc.
The art and characters are beautifully rendered, not to mention the voice acting is straight out of the anime which adds to the unique experience of LWAVR and what sets it apart from any other standard racing games, VR or not.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus
Overall, Little Witch Academia: VR Broom Racing to VR is a fun, rollercoaster-like experience with a competitive quality that will be especially enjoyable to fans of the Little Witch Academia anime.
- Immerse yourself in the world of Little Witch Academia like never before
- Easy controls
- Great graphics, art, and sound
- Motion sickness reduction
- If calibration is even a little off, racing and maneuvering will be very negatively affected
- Even reduced, some may experience motion sickness
- The price may be too steep for non-fans of Little Witch Academia considering the game's simplicity
Honey's Final Verdict
If you're an anime and VR fan, you will likely enjoy Little Witch Academia VR Broom Racing. If you prefer your VR games extremely complex and with life-like HD graphics, maybe skip it. If you enjoy all things VR like this writer, give it a whirl! It's definitely a fun time for a VR-loving otaku!
The game comes out July 15th! Will you join Akko and friends for a race? If you do, let us know in the comments what you think! And stick to Honey's Gaming for all things Anime & VR!