Squad 51 vs. the Flying Saucers

  • Couch Co-Op: 2 Players
  • + Co-Op Campaign

Beyond Co-op Reviews: December 2021 - Page 9


Review by: Nick Puleo

Music games have gotten their revival thanks to virtual reality, offering players to get immersed in slicing boxes, playing air guitar, or even being a DJ. While Beat Saber set the tone (and inspired the clones), one game has stood out for me in its style and execution: Ragnaröck from WanadevStudio. 

In Ragnaröck, you control a captain of a Viking ship, beating his war drums to music to keep the ship on route to various destinations. Gameplay itself is fairly simple - notes flow down four tracks and you must time the walloping of hitting your hammer to the drum when the note passes it. Tactile feedback is ever-present, really making it seem like your beating the drums.

Hit a note perfectly and you'll start to build a power meter, once enough power is accumulated you can whack a shield to overcharge your rowers and really get the boat moving. Miss a note though and you lose all charge. Your goal is to get the boat to row as far as possible on each song.

Speaking of the music, there's a great thematic mix here of Viking Metal, Celtic Punk,  or Pirate Rock all with three levels of speed and difficulty. The game also supports custom songs!

Ragnaröck is my favorite VR music game. Not only is the music great, the gameplay is satisfying and stress-relieving. Get it for $24.99 on Steam and Oculus Quest.

Our Rating: 4.5 out of 5


The Co-Op Experience: A second player can enter a level any time. Earn points with your friend and unlock together new special weapons and upgrades.

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