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So, you enter a lift, hit a button and the lift door opens 80 stories up. In front of you is the world and the traffic below. There is only one direction to walk in; a wooden plank connected to the building and branching over the traffic. Would you walk across it? What if there was cake at the end of it? Could that tempt you?

“I’m still shaking and my Vive’s still sweaty.” – the first line of a review on the Steam Store for Richie’s Plank Experience.

In this immersive, psychological experience, a real plank is measured in order for the virtual one to match it so when you’re wearing a headset and your foot feels like it’s slipping off, it more than likely it actually is! Partner that with a fan to mimic high-speed winds you feel when you’re up high and you’ve got yourself a true virtual reality experience.

You don’t just have the plank to deal with either, you’ve got the option to go on ‘rocket mode’, allowing you to go full Iron Man, flying around the city with powered rockets from your hands. Another mode is firefighter, use your rockets (yes, the same ones from rocket mode) to move around the city but switch them out for hoses to put the fires out as fast as possible.

For those of you who have no fear, try out spider pumpkin. This is what I did on my first EVER VR experience and I wasn’t even told about what was happening! Now heights I can deal with. It was a shock at first but once I composed myself, I realised I could walk onto the plank without too much trouble. Resting on the end of the plank was a pumpkin, and this is when I started to freak out. Upon picking the pumpkin up, house spiders began crawling over it, onto my hands and up my arms. I was absolutely freaking out. To my right, I saw a huge, Shelob-sized spider (Shelob is from Lord of the Rings if you wanted to Google her) crawling up the side of the building towards me.

I started walking backwards towards the lift, repeatedly saying, “No, no, no, no…” and the person with me took the headset off. I have to admit, I’ve not been back on it since.

Walking out onto the plank is an absolute must-do when you come to iVR. It’s a perfect introduction to virtual reality but it could also make a fantastic finale. Below you can see the Richie’s Plank Experience trailer.


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