Parents' Guide to

Tumble VR

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Smart physics-based puzzler stuck with wonky controls.

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With only a slightly better interface, this could've been one of the best puzzle games yet made for virtual reality platforms. Sadly, Tumble VR's controls keep it from achieving its full potential. Picking up blocks is intuitive and straightforward; Just point at the block you want to use and press a button to magnetically attract it to the virtual representation of your controller. But manipulating blocks once you have them can be a pain. You're supposed to just flick your wrist to reorient them, but half the time they flip around in a direction you didn't intend. And if you need to make a slight adjustment to, say, a mirror block you've already placed, you're out of luck. Touching a block will usually pull it all the way out of the puzzle and force you back into that annoying wrist-flicking routine to properly reorient it.

The shoddy controls are a shame, since everything else about Tumble VR is lovely. The physics feel spot-on, with objects of different textures behaving exactly as you'd expect. Big pieces of Styrofoam can be easily balanced between heavier wood planks, and smooth boards can rest diagonally against grippy rubber wedges without sliding. This opens up some great opportunities for creative thinking; smart kids are bound to invent all sorts of unexpected strategies to earn gold medals. Even the robot guide is a treat, delivering light jibes to the player in a manner clearly inspired by Portal's iconic GLaDOS. All of these pros mean Tumble VR is still worth a shot for serious puzzle fans. Just expect a bit of mild frustration to be your constant companion.

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