VR Charades Title Puppet Fever Adds Mixer Integration

A few weeks ago indie developer Coastalbyte Games released its first virtual reality (VR) title for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, an experience based on the popular game of charades, combining it with some VR puppetry. This week has seen the team release the first update for Puppet Fever since its Early Access launch, adding Mixer integration alongside several other improvements. 

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With videogame streaming being so popular the addition of Mixer compatibility means that Mixer streamers can view their audience’s chat in game and even receive guesses from the audience (although emotes aren’t supported just yet). Also looking to make those livestreams even smoother, there’s now a dedicated Puppet Master mode that does away with player swapping.

All the other additions are smaller tweaks and improvements:

– Expanded options in game setup.
– Feedback on some menu buttons.
– Tweaked scaling of some puppets.
– More frequent intermissions during long games.
– Added additional info signs regarding controllers.
– Changed the font on info signs in order to improve readability in VR.

Puppet Fever inside

Puppet Fever is designed as a local party game where the VR player has to describe a word or phase using a selection of items as if they were creating a puppet show. While the rest then have to guess what the hell the VR player is trying to illustrate.

There’s a massive range of objects to choose from, human characters that can be dressed up and animated, animals, landscape items like mountains and water to set the scene alongside smaller items like tables, food, guns, spaceships and much more.

VRFocus previewed the title, commenting that: “Puppet Fever has all the makings of an enjoyable social VR experience, banding people together in competition. It’s certainly a promising concept and one that VRFocus would definitely like to see expanded further for when it’s office party time.”

Puppet Fever can be downloaded from either the Oculus Store or from Steam. For any further updates on the experience, keep reading VRFocus.

Pull the Strings in Your own Puppet Show With Puppet Fever

Earlier today Coastalbyte Games’ launched its Charades style virtual reality (VR) experience Puppet Fever on Steam Early Access for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. VRFocus previewed the title and recorded some gameplay video showcasing some of the fun features players will be able to enjoy.

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Puppet Fever was announced back in August 2017, after Swedish indie developer Coastalbyte Games participated in a hackathon at Dreamhack, winning a meeting with Coffee Stain Publishing, the publisher and organizer of the hackathon.

The videogame is designed as a local multiplayer party experience involving four players. One dons the VR headset and becomes the puppeteer, acting out various themes and phrases using an assortment of items. While the other three then have to guess what the hell the VR player is trying to illustrate.

There’s a massive range of objects to choose from, human characters that can be dressed up and animated, animals, landscape items like mountains and water to set the scene alongside smaller items like tables, food, guns, spaceships and much more.

Puppet Fever inside

Once the the non-VR players have guessed correctly and the rounds have ended it’s time for the headset to swap to another player and the whole process begins again. Once everyone has had their turn the winner is the one who’s correctly guessed the most times.

As you’ll see in the gameplay video below VRFocus decided to test Puppet Fever when there was no one else about, testing out the singleplayer aspect of the title. As you can probably imagine playing Charades against a bunch of bots isn’t quite the same as involving a few mates – it also makes recording gameplay footage harder – as the bots tend to announce the right answer fairly quickly. As Puppet Fever really relies upon that atmosphere created by a few friends together it doesn’t quite have the same sparkle.

Puppet Fever can be downloaded now via Steam Early Access for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. As development progresses VRFocus will keep you updated on new content releases.

Punch and Judy Meets Charades in Puppet Fever

Even with online multiplayer videogames and apps that promote social experiences in virtual reality (VR), locally the technology is still quite isolating. There are titles such as Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes or The Playroom VR which showcase how, with a little imagination, VR experiences can work in a group setting. Swedish indie developer Coastalbyte Games is tackling this challenge with an interesting looking videogame called Puppet Fever, mixing charades with puppetry.

If you’ve ever seen a classic Punch and Judy show (especially if you’re British), then the idea is that players are the puppet master of a virtual puppet theatre. As puppet master, the player serves as game show host, judge and actor as the other players guess a hidden word, much like charades.

Puppet Fever screenshot 02

The VR player then has a range of icons to choose from in which they can set the scene for the rest of the group looking at a TV or monitor. While these items can be put in place and remain stationary, in the true style of puppetry the VR player can animate the scene with the characters coming alive with their own animations.

This is Coffee Stain Publishing’s first foray into VR, after it hosted a VR game jam in order to scout new teams and projects. This resulted in a rough prototype of what would become Puppet Fever. Coffee Stain plans to publish Puppet Fever on several VR platforms starting late Q4 2017, it hasn’t confirmed which yet – although the video below shows the title running on Oculus Rift with Touch support.

VRFocus will follow the development of Puppet Fever, reporting back with further updates.

Punch and Judy Meets Charades in Puppet Fever

Even with online multiplayer videogames and apps that promote social experiences in virtual reality (VR), locally the technology is still quite isolating. There are titles such as Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes or The Playroom VR which showcase how, with a little imagination, VR experiences can work in a group setting. Swedish indie developer Coastalbyte Games is tackling this challenge with an interesting looking videogame called Puppet Fever, mixing charades with puppetry.

If you’ve ever seen a classic Punch and Judy show (especially if you’re British), then the idea is that players are the puppet master of a virtual puppet theatre. As puppet master, the player serves as game show host, judge and actor as the other players guess a hidden word, much like charades.

Puppet Fever screenshot 02

The VR player then has a range of icons to choose from in which they can set the scene for the rest of the group looking at a TV or monitor. While these items can be put in place and remain stationary, in the true style of puppetry the VR player can animate the scene with the characters coming alive with their own animations.

This is Coffee Stain Publishing’s first foray into VR, after it hosted a VR game jam in order to scout new teams and projects. This resulted in a rough prototype of what would become Puppet Fever. Coffee Stain plans to publish Puppet Fever on several VR platforms starting late Q4 2017, it hasn’t confirmed which yet – although the video below shows the title running on Oculus Rift with Touch support.

VRFocus will follow the development of Puppet Fever, reporting back with further updates.