Mix Crazy Taxi with spaceships and a cool 60's design and you get Starbear: Taxi.
LA-based indie developer Funktronic Labs is known for its bright vivid gameplay design, having previously released virtual reality (VR) title Cosmic Trip. A couple of months ago the studio unveiled its latest project, a Crazy Taxi style experience called Starbear: Taxi. Today, Starbear: Taxi has now arrived for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
Keeping with the bold, cartoon style Starbear:Taxi puts you in control of a spaceship, flying around a city trying to complete jobs as quickly as possible, ferrying inhabitants to various locations. Designed around action-packed, skill-based gameplay, will have to learn the natural physics-based RC flight controls designed specifically for VR to deliver as many busy bears to their desired destinations as possible, avoiding pesky raccoon bandits along the way.
Starbear:Taxi allows for a drop in and play gameplay style, enabling players to stop and start as they choose, whether its to kill ten minutes or for a longer gameplay session. They’ll also be treated to some dynamic tunes, with a soundtrack that alters to their particular play style.
Whilst this is purely a single-player experience, players will be able to take advantage of an online leaderboard to track their progress against friends.
Created as a ‘short but sweet’ arcade experience, Funktronic Labs is looking to bring Starbear: Taxi to as many platforms as possible so the control scheme has been built around both six degrees of freedom (6DoF) and three degrees of freedom (3DoF) input methods. While today’s launch is just for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, the team also plan on bringing Starbear: Taxi to Samsung Gear VR, Google Daydream and Oculus Go this month. Additionally, plans are underway for a PlayStation VR version later in the year.
Starbear: Taxi is available via Steam for $7.99 USD.