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!
Our Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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