Dino Frontier is an upcoming tabletop strategy simulation game for PlayStation VR, arriving on PlayStation VR in 2017. In this game, the player will need toe manager a Wild West frontier settlement in the Jurassic era.
This comical era intersection is what makes this game so unique and interesting. You play as the mayor of this town. You have to manage your resources and assign tasks to your settlers. Like any good old SIM-inspired game, you have to make sure that you settlers are happy and healthy. So where the Dinosaurs kick in? Well, unlike a normal Wild West theme games where people actually ride horses, in Dino Frontier, this is replaced with tamed dinosaurs, Dinosaurs are also your worst enemy in the game, and if yourn't careful enough, you might find your settlers being eaten by one of those wild animals.
This is a tabletop VR game and that plays like a god-game, but because it's a tabletop game, the developer added a very interesting interaction, allowing players to control the citizens with their own in-game virtual hands. Players will be able to reach out and pick up the settlers and assign them for certain jobs in specific areas on the map. Once you pick up and assign a settler with a job, he will continue working from there by himself until you assign him a new job or he is intercepted by being hungry, tired or in danger.
You need to make sure that your settlers get enough sleep, have sufficient food and making sure they stay safe. If those requirements aren't met, your settlers will just stop working and this can negatively affect your town's growth.
When I first heard about Dino Frontier, another two games came into my mind: Out of Ammo and Giant Cop. not because of the game's theme, which is actually much different, but because of the way the player interacts with the objects in the scene from a top-down perspective. I really love this type of interactivity, it perfectly fits VR and not less important, it's very comfortable to play and doesn't pose any viewing discomfort.
Uber Entertainment is the same company who brought us the PSVR exclusive Wayward Sky. I personally really like their art direction and it looks like they are using the same engine and art style that they used in Wayward Sky.
The game trailer (can be viewed below in the video section) looks impressive and I really like the developers deciding to mix those two eras together, I'm sure it's going to turn out to be really funny and entertaining watching how dinosaurs are interacting with those cute little settlers for good and for bad.
I'm really looking forward to this release. I think it's a great game for those Civilization fans out there who want to play a top-down city management strategy game in VR. For more information about Dino Frontier, regularly check out the news section below.
Image credit: Uber Entertainment