Vacation Simulator looks like another must-play for VR owners

Releasing on PC in April and PS4 this summer

My only real hangup with Job Simulator is that it had to end. It’s a silly game about day-to-day tasks like office work and cooking, but through the lens of robots who don’t know the finer details of humanity’s distant past. When everything’s an approximation, “burning a CD” with literal fire makes sense.

Owlchemy Labs is continuing the Job Simulator concept with a new game, Vacation Simulator, and it’s one of those situations where just knowing the name and basic premise is enough to keep me excited. This week, the studio let out the release timing: April 9 on Vive and Oculus Rift, and then “summer 2019” on PlayStation VR. Just like its predecessor, Vacation Simulator will cost $29.99 at launch.

The sun-soaked island setting has a resort (complete with a mini-fridge), along with beach, mountain, and forest areas. Owlchemy says that Vacation Simulator is “bigger than anything we’ve done before.”

  • Take a deep dive into the simulated sea in our Beach excursion: the Dive Site! Why is the ocean so big? The answer: it’s full of secrets, and YOU can uncover the truth… or just get along with the sea critters. Whether you’re capturing photos of marvelous manta rays or indulging in the lost art of the sea shanty, you’ll have a whale of a time under our waters!
  • Watch the simulated sun set on the Island from Vacation Mountain’s stunning excursion: the Overlook! Try on-hill skiing and in-place rock climbing, or scoop your way to the simulation’s tallest ice cream cone. Even though there’s plenty of air, the sight is sure to leave you breathless!
  • Get lost connecting with your roots, nodes, and branches… then get actually lost on our Forest excursion: Hiking! Skip rocks, bear berries, and mash mushrooms in this authentic simulation of ROUGHING IT. Take a moment and marvel at the splendor of it all. Sure, you might still be lost, but at least you found the real HIKING experience along the way!

There’s also a deep avatar customization system to tie it all together.

I’ve put Job Simulator in front of everyone I know who wants to try out VR for the first time, and the game hasn’t failed yet. It’s playful, funny, creative, and most importantly manageable in scope for beginners. From everything I’ve seen of Vacation Simulator, it should bring more of those good vibes.

Jordan Devore
Jordan is a founding member of Destructoid and poster of seemingly random pictures. They are anything but random.