The latest game by Armature Studio, Sports Scramble, was released alongside the Oculus Quest. Take your favorite sports and mix them together! Play Tennis with a Golf Club. Bowl a strike with a Basketball. Smash a Home Run with a Hockey Stick! Each of the three main sports: Tennis, Bowling, and Baseball have its own Single-Player Training, QuickPlay, and Challenge Modes.
And don’t forget to go online and compete against other Sports Scramblers in a myriad of multiplayer modes. Run around a large court in Tennis. Knock the pins down in a zany variety of lanes in Bowling. Show off your pitching and batting skills in Baseball.
Do all these things and more in Sports Scramble. A wacky yet thrilling game that utilizes the Quest’s 360-tracking exceptionally well. Although the game runs for around $30, the variety and types of gameplay make up for it and are great for anyone wanting to play sports in VR. Check it on the Quest!
Sports scramble brings together three sports in a very addictive and playful way. It plays well in small spaces but even better in large spaces where you are able to freely move around.
The objective of playing is to collect trophies and complete predetermine achievements. With the three activities within each game: training, challenges, and quick-play, there is plenty to do within each sport.
Bowling in VR
Although bowling can be seen as a very easy and simple sport, it can get very complex in Sports Scramble. You randomly receive different objects to roll down like basketballs, tennis balls, even pineapples, and curling stones. Some are better than others like getting a golden ball that scores bonus points after a spare or a bomb that blows up other pins after a strike.
The map itself is the most interesting part of this mode, however. The mechanics are constantly changing after each frame reset causing different gameplay due to the lanes changing. From dodging mines or a thinner lane, the lanes are constantly changing to make the gameplay interesting and difficult.
Bowling can be played with a small space and doesn’t need extra space like tennis to make it more enjoyable. It is an addictive game mode that makes you want to keep wanting to improve your score. It takes precision and patience to get a good score with all of the lane changes which leads to a great experience in VR.
Tennis in VR
Tennis has one of the wackiest gameplay due to the changing the net, balls, and rackets. The game is great in small spaces but as you increase the play space, the more interesting it gets. It is a perfect game for the Quest since it adjusts automatically to your room size and gives you a wireless and free experience. There are different ways of hitting the balls that truly shows life-like physics. For example, you can slice or add spin to the ball to confuse your opponents.
From the tutorial, the gameplay is shown and how the scrambling mechanics work. From a pool noodle to a ping pong racket, your racket is changing to give you different advantages (or disadvantages). Like the racket, the tennis ball is changing too. From golf balls to footballs, the game gets fun and crazy as the game-changing. Overall, the tennis game mode is one of the best we have seen and it’s large play space makes for a great experience.
Baseball in VR
Room-scale isn’t much of a factor in baseball since there is no outfield, you only get to pitch and swing. There are two different ways of pitching: with the analog stick and regularly. We would recommend throwing regularly since it is much more immersive. For the batting aspect, the movement is just like real life and changes slightly with different bats and balls.
The pitchers are constantly changing throws that add the scrambling effect. From this, the bat can change into different forms too. The batter can upgrade the baseball bat by being constant with their hits. This helps bring balance to the game and not make hitting impossible. The pitcher can change balls that add a curve or drop suddenly in front of the batter.
Should You Buy It?
The gameplay and controls work great together but there are some problems that the game currently has. Long setup time and a lack of multiplayer action hinder this game but don’t take away from the fun. These inconveniences, however, are being worked on and will improve as more players join. There is also a crashing issue that occurs commonly but the devs have been updating constantly to prevent this.
During the gameplay, there is a large amount of auto-aim that take away from the skill. However, different modes let you change this and make it more skill-based and more challenging. Also, as you open up more space, the game becomes more difficult (especially in tennis) since you have more space to run around.
Sports Scramble is a very fun game for all ages. The gameplay is intuitive yet can be challenging, the graphics are beautifully made, and adding twists on these sports games add a whole other layer of thrill.
The game really feels like Wii Sports but much more immersive. The Quest does a great job bringing this game together and utilizing the freedom it has. For $30, it is a great game to get on the Quest, even for its steep price tag. If any sales do occur, it is a no-brainer to get this game.
Editors’ Rating: 8.5/10
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