There's something intriguing about a VR game where all you do is fly a kite. Stunt Kite Masters VR may have a novel premise but does it offer enough enjoyable gameplay? Let's take to the skies and find out.
Stunt Kite Masters VR has you control a kite in order to get high scores via two game modes: Kite Snake where you collect shiny objects while avoiding running into your own ever-growing tail and Outrun where you avoid persistent remote controlled planes. The controls are pretty innovative in that you have two options. The first involves using the two analogue sticks to control your onscreen hands and the second has you move and rotate the controller. The latter option definitely makes it feel more like you're flying a kite but it also makes the gameplay far more difficult and frustrating. So, it's up to you whether you prefer the realistic yet challenging setup or a more traditional one. Whatever you decide to choose, mastering the controls while watching your kite's confidence grow as it soars through the sky is a surprisingly rewarding endeavor.
There are three environments to fly your kite within; the beach, a city, and on a mountaintop. Each one of these areas poses their own distinct challenges. For example, I found the beach to be quite difficult as you can crash into the sand rather easily. On the other hand, the mountains are a breeze (pun intended) as you primarily only need to avoid the large peak in the middle which is pretty easy to do. Each one of these environments has its own weather, too. Although the beach always has sunny skies, the city's rain and mountain's snow look absolutely fantastic in VR. I especially enjoyed watching snowflakes whip by as I flew my kite on the mountain.
All of that being said, the soundtrack of Stunt Kite Masters VR is one of the worst that I've ever heard. Many of the tracks sound like the beats clash with the rest of the song which makes a very cacophonic soundscape. The worst offender in this regard is the dubstep track which sounds extremely tinny and just plain jarring. Good thing there's an option to turn off the music!
As I've already mentioned, Stunt Kite Masters VR only consists of two modes where all you do is chase high scores. Kite Snake is clearly the superior of the two as it offers a challenging yet contemplative dynamic that's as rewarding as it is unwinding. However, Outrun can be super-frustrating. Trying to avoid the oncoming planes that seem to always follow you is incredibly difficult but not in a fun and challenging way. They're relentless and if they don't crash into you then you'll inevitably crash into the stage. Of course, gamers who love a challenge may embrace this level of difficulty but I found it to be far too frustrating and I usually love a challenge.
There are a couple of extras included in Stunt Kite Masters VR but nothing substantial. As you acquire trophies, you'll unlock additional kites that feature their own unique designs and base stats. Also, there's a third mode where all you do is leisurely fly a kite with no structure. You can change the wind speed, though, so I guess that's at least something.
Stunt Kite Masters VR is a surprisingly challenging high score chaser with two very different modes. Although it has an innovative premise, the fun unfortunately doesn't last much longer than flying a kite in real life.
- + Kite Snake is pretty fun once you get accustomed to the controls
- + Three very different environments
- + Pretty cool weather effects
- - Essentially only consists of two modes where you merely chase high scores
- - Outrun is incredibly frustrating
- - Music can be downright awful