Virtual reality (VR) is already being used to help people relax. Titles such as Guided Meditation and Perfect Beach are allowing those wearing a head-mounted display (HMD) to step into peaceful environments and forget the stress of normal life. Indie developers Bryan Edelman and Jake Kim are expanding on this concept for their entry into the ongoing Mobile VR Jam. The pair has submitted their very own relaxation experience, StarGazer, into the competition for the Gear VR smartphone-based HMD.
StarGazer features another peaceful environment for players to relax in, though does boast its own twists. Looking up at the night sky, players at able to tap the touch pad located on the side of the Gear VR in order to draw constellations between the stars that they look at. These stars will also make their own sounds when looked at.
“StarGazer is meant to be something that is experienced multiple times,” the developer notes on an official entry page, from which Gear VR users can also download the submission, “with each subsequent playthrough bringing different paths for the player’s interactions to take.”
Sadly, the title hasn’t been chosen as one of the finalists in the app and experiences category of the VR Jam. The successful developers will hope to secure a grand prize of $100,000, with runner-up awards of $50,000, $30,000 and $10,000 also available. A community voted option is now also set up, offering a further $10,000 to the winner, which StarGazer is still in the running for.
VRFocus will continue to follow any and all entrants into the Mobile VR Jam, reporting back on the latest.