Parents' Guide to

Eagle Flight

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

VR adventure lets you fly, but repetition clips your wings.

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Sometimes it's not quite enough for a game to rely on just one exciting play mechanic. The act of soaring about Paris in Eagle Flight is loads of fun. Tilting your head to steer and nodding to dive or ascend is perfectly intuitive and feels terrific. The immersive nature of virtual reality makes it feel like you truly are flying around the city's overgrown streets, darting through broken windows and between the legs of giraffes. Problem is, that's about all you do. And it gets old before the game ends. There are only so many hoops you can fly through and so many nesting feathers you can collect before you start looking for something else. There's even repetition in the repetition. Each mission is on a strict timer, forcing you to fly as fast as you can to earn only one or two stars, and there are no checkpoints. Crash once and it's over. You'll need to try again from mission start. And again. And again.

Multiplayer is more compelling, but it offers weirdly little variety. It demands a surprising amount of teamwork and strategy -- flying under the canopy with allies on either wing while taking the bunny back to the nest is a good tack -- but there's only one mode, no parameters to tweak, no real sense of progression. The lack of depth and range of things to do and modes to play would be more forgivable in a $12 or $15 game but not in something that's nearly full-priced. Its great flying mechanics make Eagle Flight an early VR game worth trying, but smart families will wait for the inevitable price drop.

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