There’s a Kinda Natural Magic Today in Waltz of the Wizard
Waltz of the Wizard has been around since 2016 and there aren’t many virtual reality (VR) videogames that can claim to have the same longevity. Aldin Dynamics has continually sought to enhance the experience, releasing Waltz of the Wizard: Extended Edition in 2019 and now its biggest update to date, Natural Magic. With this new feature rollout, the title will be permanently renamed Waltz of the Wizard: Natural Magic, allowing players to explore and do even more within this magical realm.
Apart from a couple of select areas you could unlock and teleport to, Waltz of the Wizard was primarily focused on creating a highly interactive experience with your wizard tower, filled with objects to shoot, discover and even conjure by mixing ingredients up. Hence why it was always a great videogame to introduce VR newcomers to, especially on Oculus Quest with all the finger tracking functionality.
Waltz of the Wizard: Natural Magic feels a lot more geared towards fans of the videogame, giving them even more control and things to do. For the first time, there’s now a permanent second area called the Courtyard. Quiet and peaceful, this is designed as a sort of sandbox area where you can practice those new magical abilities, offering both offensive and defensive capabilities. Currently, as this new update is for SteamVR and Oculus platforms (PlayStation VR misses out), the hand tracking functionality on Quest only works in the Tower, not the Courtyard, so it’s controllers all the way.
Using your new magical powers you can quickly fire off projectiles with both hands to attack an enemy, or grab the projectile mid-flight to alter its trajectory. Aim it towards an inanimate object like a barrel and you’ll be able to pick it up and fling it around. You can also bring your voice into play. Bring those hands near your mouth to eat some of those magical particles and then shout (quite literally) to send out a sonic sound wave!
All of this is going to be very useful when you decide to enter the Fortress, a 40-level maze housing hidden artefacts, monsters and traps. Each of these artefacts begins to make up a picture in the Courtyard so it’s well worth trying to piece this expansive puzzle together. Down in the depths, there’s plenty of time to master those spells, flinging explosive barrels from afar or taking control of opponents bodies to smash them against the walls. All in all, there’s plenty of fun to be had in Waltz of the Wizard: Natural Magic.
All this new content does come at a cost though. If you already own Waltz of the Wizard: Extended Edition then it’s a free update to Waltz of the Wizard: Natural Magic, so happy speel casting. For those that haven’t, the videogame is doubling in price to $19.99 USD to “match the quality and volume of content” the developer says. There’s certainly plenty more there and considering Aldin’s penchant for developing new content, Waltz of the Wizard will only get bigger. When it does, VRFocus will keep you updated.
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