Gorilla Tag

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Gorilla Tag is a free to play multiplayer Virtual Reality game developed by the YouTuber LemmingVR and published by Another Axiom. The game was developed using Unity and supports most PC-compatible VR headsets and Oculus Quest, allowing for cross-platform play between SteamVR and Oculus Quest.[1]

It was released for Windows in February 2021, under the Steam early access program[2]. In March 2021, it was released on the Oculus Quest 2 via App Lab.[3][4]

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Developer(s)LemmingVR
Publisher(s)Another Axiom
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EngineUnity
Platform(s)Windows, Oculus Quest, Oculus Quest 2 Steam VR
Release
  • Microsoft Windows
  • February 12, 2021
  • Oculus Quest
  • March 12, 2021
Genre(s)phycological horror
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Gameplay[edit]

Gorilla Tag revolves around a unique locomotion system that requires the players to use their hands to physically push themselves around within the game. This locomotion method is in stark contrast to other virtual reality games, which mostly use either analog stick-based movement, or teleportation.[5] As a result of this unique method of locomotion, the gorilla characters that the players control have no lower limbs, so that players can move within the game without touching their floors in real life. The game also features in-game proximity based voice chat, allowing players to speak with one another.[6]. In Gorilla Tag, the primary physical hitboxes for a player are their chest or head,

The game has three gamemodes, Casual, Infection and Hunt. Infection resembles that of a childhood game of tag. The tagged players start with a rocky texture, which they can rid of if they choose if they tag someone else. When the game server has four players or more, the player's texture changes to a lava formation, with particles being able to be seen from the player's body. In Infection, one player starts as the 'infected' gorilla, also called by the community as "Lava Monke" and then everyone they tag becomes infected, and this continues until the last non-infected player is tagged.[7] Casual is a basic hangout mode where you get to chill and talk with other players. No tagged gorillas! In the gamemode Hunt, you have a watch on your left hand. Your watch will tell you who your target is. SO you have to tag your target before you get tagged by someone who is your target!

The game currently has five available maps, the Forest, Cave, Canyon, City, and Mountain.[8][9]

Development[edit]

On January 26th 2020, the developer of the game posted a video to the r/OculusQuest subreddit using the username 'LemmingVR'. The video was titled "What if you were really strong and had no legs? Messing around with a prototype "gorilla" locomotion style" and showcased an early version of Gorilla Tag.[10] The demo build featured in the video contained five horizontal platforms, three vertical platforms, and used a modified legless version of the free Unity Store asset "Space Robot Kyle" as the player avatar.[11] The video showed the player moving around, jumping and climbing between the platforms.[10] Within the comments section of the post the developer shared a playable demo of the game that Oculus Quest users could install to their system for testing purposes.[12]

On February 3rd 2020, the developer posted a video to the r/oculus subreddit with the title "How can we do better at translating VR to flat videos?".[13] The demo build featured in the video had significantly more platforms than the previous build, with the platforms now using a grey texture, the floor using a green grass texture, and a large wall with a stone texture.[13]

On December 8th 2020, the developer posted a video to the r/OculusQuest subreddit with the title "If you have the right locomotion tag is very fun in VR".[14] The version of the game shown in the video bears much closer resemblance to the officially released version, with the previously unseen forest map looking nearly identical to the version seen on official release. Multiplayer support was demonstrated in the video, with both player avatars still resembling the previously used "Space Robot Kyle" player model, however both player models were coloured differently, similarly to the released product.[14] Within the comments section of the post the developer shared a link to their Discord server, where users could obtain the files for the game.[15] The comment also contained the first publicly known usage of the title "Gorilla Tag", and the developers' intention to release the game on Steam and Oculus Quest.[15]

On January 31st 2021, the developer posted a video to the r/oculus subreddit with the title "i got a little bored of the stick locomotion shooters, so for the past year i've been working on Gorilla Tag, a free game where you run climb and jump using just your arms".[16] The version of the game shown in the video is nearly identical to the version seen on release, with the previous player model now replaced with the gorilla player model seen in the game today.[16] Two similar posts were made to the r/OculusQuest subreddit and the r/virtualreality subreddit on the day of the games Steam release.[17][18]

Gorilla Tag was released on Steam on February 12th, 2021, under the Steam early access program.[2] The game also released on the Oculus Quest 2 via App Lab on March 12th, 2021.[3][4]

Gorilla Tag had a new update with cosmetics and now released to Oculus Quest 2 and Oculus Quest as a shop where you can buy cosmetics with "Shiny Rocks". You can use these to purchase your item you wished you haved on there unless you have the paid amount.

They also added Slide Maps and now 2 professional editors for the game from Discord and allowed them to work on the game and progress on it, before the creators joined, Lemming's dad was in hospital and made it where that the game started to "die" and causing the game to lose over 40k+ players and even some leaving the Discord from the original community and modding community.

YouTubers[edit]

There are many VR youtubers throughout the Gorilla Tag community, with prime examples being Apollo Gaming, a Gorilla Tag YouTuber known for his skills and height, with Apollo claiming he is the size of Michael Jordan in real life. There are also YouTubers such as JmanCurly, one of the most known Gorilla Tag youtubers, as well as VMT. With another user known as chippdbanjo, who was responsible for creating a creepypasta known as "PBBV"

ARG's[edit]

Around August of 2021, a YouTuber named chippdbanjo uploaded on August 6th of 2021 known as "radio--connectPBBV" the video starts out with a black screen when eventually, the user is able to see a first-person perspective of a Gorilla Tag player hitting the mute button on a music siren repeatedly. Along with this, weird noises can be heard in the background, before the video cuts to an image before ending. Despite being thought of as an ARG, a reddit user would go on to say he claimed to see a Gorilla Tag player, with the username of "PBBV", he was a salmon color and was extremely silent in his mannerisms. The user then stated that he was able to look at the face of PBBV as his screen turned black, and the load up screen began to load, however, the Gorilla's eyes in the loading screen appeared to be red instead of the normal black. It was then revealed the player was banned. chippdbanjo has claimed that the reddit user nor Reddit itself doesn't tie in with the PBBV category. Since then, chippdbanjo has quit the PBBV ARG has since then been working on other projects.

Reception[edit]

Gorilla Tag was received as positive throughout the community, getting an "Overwhelmingly Positive" score on steam, as well as getting the tag "Psychological Horror," and by December of 2021, the game had 20,000 players. And by February of 2022, the game had gotten 50,000 players.

References[edit]

  1. Melnick, Kyle (February 20, 2021). "Stop What You're Doing And Play 'Gorilla Tag' On Oculus Quest 2 & SteamVR". VRScout. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Gorilla Tag on Steam". store.steampowered.com. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Gorilla Tag on Oculus Quest". oculus.com. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Lang, Ben (March 16, 2021). "Unassuming One-man VR Project 'Gorilla Tag' Sees 125K Players in First Month, Now on Quest App Lab". Road to VR. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  5. Baker, Harry (March 21, 2021). "12 Best App Lab Games To Play On Oculus Quest And Quest 2". UploadVR. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  6. Baker, Harry (March 15, 2021). "Everyone Loves Gorilla Tag And It's Clear To See Why". UploadVR. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  7. Braunstein, Adam (March 30, 2021). "Gorilla Tag VR Game Review- Crazy High Intensity Tag". VR Fitness Insider. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  8. Feltham, Jamie (April 5, 2021). "Gorilla Tag's New Canyon Map Is Now Available In Beta". UploadVR. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  9. Melnick, Kyle (April 5, 2021). "'Gorilla Tag' Adds New Canyon Map In Latest Update". VRScout. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "What if you were really strong and had no legs? Messing around with a prototype "gorilla" locomotion style". reddit.com. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  11. "Space Robot Kyle". assetstore.unity.com. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  12. "Comment containing demo APK file". reddit.com. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "How can we do better at translating VR to flat videos?". reddit.com. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "If you have the right locomotion tag is very fun in VR". reddit.com. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  15. 16.0 16.1 "i got a little bored of the stick locomotion shooters, so for the past year i've been working on Gorilla Tag, a free game where you run climb and jump using just your arms". reddit.com. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  16. "i got a little bored of the stick locomotion shooters, so for the past year i've been working on Gorilla Tag, a free game where you run climb and jump using just your arms. just released on sidequest, link in comments". reddit.com. Retrieved April 6, 2021.
  17. "i got a little bored of the stick locomotion shooters, so for the past year i've been working on Gorilla Tag, a free game where you run climb and jump using just your arms. just released on steam and sidequest, link in comments". reddit.com. Retrieved April 6, 2021.


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