Those that have been reading VRFocus since its beginnings earlier this year will have likely seen the name Shufflepuck Cantina Deluxe pop up once or twice. First released in December 2013, this imaginative air hockey simulator has been a big supporter of virtual reality (VR) technology throughout 2014, releasing a free VR demo with support for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) and more. This week is when the title will finally get its full VR update, adding support for the Oculus Rift’s second development kit (DK2).
Developed by indie team Agharta Studio, Shufflepuck Cantina Deluxe is a tribute to Chrisotpher Gross’ cult Amiga and Mac videogame, Shufflepuck Café. Set in the future, players are cast as a pilot that sends their spaceship through a wormhole, crashing into a desert planet far from home. The only building in sight is a huge interstellar casino in which the occupants play air hockey all day for a living. Players will need to join in and try to win the parts needed to repair their ship and get home.
The experience is played from a first-person perspective, demanding that players use tight reflexes in order to knock the puck into the opposition’s goal. The title features five floors, each of which contains 13 different opponents that they must defeat. Between games players will be able to explore environments. An advanced levelling system also features as do quests and missions that can unlock extra content for the videogame.
Shufflepuck Cantina Deluxe‘s update is set to go live tomorrow, 5th December 2014. The VR patch will also include support for the Oculus Rift’s first development kit (DK1), meaning practically any HMD owner can try the title out. The videogame itself is available now for £6.99 GBP. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of VR, reporting back with any further updates.