Looking for something refreshing and new to do? Thankfully for globalisation, virtual reality (VR) has spread its name worldwide, and Singapore now has places where you can engage in VR games.
Some of these places are big names with outlets all over the world and have opened their own store here in Singapore.
Located in Jurong, VRoom has a wide variety of games for you to choose from—fighting zombies, rhythm games and even simulate flipping burgers amongst many others.
There is a one-time fee of S$5 to familiarise yourself with the use of the HTC Vive, the VR headset that enables you to delve into the world of VR.
For the gaming station, the charges per person are S$12 per hour on weekdays and S$15 per hour on weekends. Each room has only one VR station, so you will have to purchase more stations if you would like more than one person to play at the same time. Should you opt to share the station, each room has a max occupancy of three people.d
VRoom also partners up with other companies such as Coffeemin, Lockdown Escape Games and ThinkOut events to provide team building venues, so you aren’t limited to playing with your friends. Do note that you have to be above the age of 17 to play here at VRoom.
Price: S$12/h per pax (weekdays), S$15/h per pax (weekends)
Operating Hours: 11 am – 10 pm daily
VRoom: 2 Jurong East Central 1, JCube, #02-11, Singapore 609731 | Website | Tel: +65 6904 4045
You won’t be cooped up in a room when you play at Zero Latency SG, located at Suntec City.
The games at Zero Latency are primarily first-person shooters, and they have a whole arena for you to engage in the mindless shooting—definitely more than enough space for your team to fight off the hordes of zombies coming your way.
You have to be 18 years old and above to play at Zero Latency. Please be aware that eyewear is not allowed as well, so I’ll like to suggest all my four-eyed buddies wear contact lens if you have them, or rely on their built-in eye focus tabs.
The games are able to accommodate up to eight people, and of course, you can suit up before your game to take some #squadgoals shots. The duration of the games are about 30 minutes and will cost you S$59 per pax. I highly recommend you to max out the session and get eight players to get the most fun (and shouting) here.
Price: S$59 per pax
Operating Hours:11 am – 10 pm (Sun to Thurs), 10 am – 11 pm (Fri & Sat)
Zero Latency SG: 3 Temasek Boulevard #03-346, Suntec City Mall, 038983 | Website | Tel: +65 8862 8393
Located on the fifth floor of Orchard Central, Sandbox VR prides itself on its motion-capture technology used in its games. Instead of experiencing the game through just your VR headset and consoles, you are able to totally immerse yourself in the game. Just like Zero Latency, the three games that Sandbox VR offers are primarily first-person shooters. Each game is about half an hour long.
Before you commence your game, you will have motion capture gears strapped to your wrists and ankles to give you full control of your character in the game. You also have the freedom to choose your weapon before the game begins, so pick wisely.
Not only will you have total control of your character, through the vests you are made to wear, but you can also even feel the “pain” that your character feels in the form of heat and vibration.
From its crisp graphics to its fully immersive and customisable features, Sandbox VR isn’t just about virtual reality, it is hyper reality. It is no wonder that their game slots get snatched up fast by other guests.
Prices: S$29 per pax (weekdays) , S$39 per pax (weekends)
Operating Hours: 11.30am – 10.30pm (Sunday to Thursday), 11.30am – 12am (Friday and Saturday)
Sandbox VR: #05-31, Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896 | Website | Tel: +65 9832 5988
Unlike the other items on the list, Headrock VR is not a virtual reality gaming room. Instead, it is Singapore’s first and only VR theme park located in Resorts World Sentosa.
What does this mean? This means that instead of playing games, you’ll be going on rides. Just like in amusement parks. There are a total of 11 attractions you can experience here in Headrock VR, which are differentiated by colour based on their intensity.
Some of the rides involve high-elements, where you will be strapped on with a protective harness and lifted up and down.
Tickets to Headrock VR come in Big 3, Big 5 and Big 7 packages, which allow you to choose games from each category, so you’ll most probably have to visit this place twice to cover the whole theme park. To learn more, you can read our review on Headrock VR here.
Prices: S$35 (Big 3) , S$50 (Big 5) , S$65 (Big 7)
Operating hours: 10 am – 8 pm daily, last admission at 7 pm
Headrock VR: 26 Sentosa Gateway, #01-38/39, Singapore 098138 | Website | Tel: +65 6963 4127
Looking for a more mind-boggling experience? Then head down to Virtual Room, located in Basement 3 of Lucky Chinatown.
Virtual Room has developed its very own puzzle game, which requires you to put the wits of your team to the test. Your team of three to four players can choose from two levels of difficulty, and aim to complete all the puzzles in the game within a stipulated time limit. If you get stuck, however, don’t worry as the friendly staff who is watching you play from his/her screen will drop subtle hints so that you do not waste precious time.
The gameplay takes about 40 minutes and is definitely a place for you and your team if you are looking for a challenge. You can even take it a step further and turn it into a team-building event, as Virtual Room can accommodate up to 22 players. Split up into teams, and compete to see who’s the real brains of the company.
Price: S$44/game (Monday to Thursday, 10am – 5pm) , S$49/game (5pm – 10pm daily)
Operating hours: 10 am- 10 pm
Virtual Room: Basement 3, Lucky Chinatown, 211 New Bridge Road, Singapore 059432 | Website | Tel: 6966 8060
One good thing about all the items on the list is that they each bring something unique to the table. Factors you should consider will definitely be your group size, as well as the genre of the game you would like to try out. Stop wondering what to do on a weekend again, as it will certainly take you a lot of time (and money) to conquer not only every place on this list but also their individual games.
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