Discover the unlimited possibilities of VR!
‘Virtual Reality’ is the latest buzz in town, adding a whole new dimension to our entertainment experience. If you are a VR-enthusiast, you probably have a pair of Oculus Rift headset or HTC Vive at home, but for many, these devices will leave their wallets bleeding. The truth is you don’t need to own a VR headset to enjoy a VR game.
Lots of VR theme parks and arcades let you play your favourite VR game like Star Trek, Dragonball or Mario Kart with your buddies. If you are looking for more passive activities such as watching a show, VR also has made this even more exciting. Here are some VR entertainment around the region worth checking out.
1. Himmapan Avatar Show, Bangkok
Himmapan Avatar Show tells the legend of Himmapan Forest, full of acrobatic stunts and dance performance. The beautiful sets and props are enhanced by the 4D technology, allowing you to feel the magic of the Himmapan Forest as you walk to your seat and throughout the show. Your kids will definitely love the show for its colourful and interactive storyline.
Address: 4th floor, Show DC Mall, Jaturatid Road, Huai Khwang, Bangkapi, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
In English – Monday to Friday (except Tuesday) 7:30pm
In Thai – Saturday 2:30pm & 7:30pm | Sundays 2:30pm
Theatre doors open 30 minutes prior to show time
2. SMTOWN Hologram Concerts, South Korea
Ever missed your favourite SMTOWN bands’ concerts? Now you can relive the experience in Seoul! A first multi-format hologram theatre in Korea, SMTOWN Hologram Concerts is a must-do for any die-hard K-pop fans. Imagine yourself standing so close to the stage of Super juniors, EXO and f(x) concerts. Trust me, you wouldn’t want to go back to reality after the concerts are over!
Address: SMTOWN Coex Artium, 513 Yeongdong-daero Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Opening Hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
3. Legend Heroes Sports Gaming, South Korea
Sporty people will find joy in this theme Augmented Reality theme park! While VR provides a full immersive experience, such as transferring you to a entirely different location, AR adds virtual elements into the reality. The freedom of having no goggles or devices while playing AR games makes it easier to use.
Legend Heroes Sports Gaming has 10 different AR sport activities to choose from like baseball, bowling,archery and horseback riding. This is a great place to swing your bat and hopefully, score your first home-run!
Myeongdong outlet – B2F Noonsquare 14 Myeongdong ro, Jung-gu, Seoul (서울 중구 명동길 14 눈스퀘어 지하 2층)
Gangnam outlet – B1F 12 Seocho-daero 73-gil, Seocho-gu, Seoul (서울 서초구 서초대로73길 12 지하1층)
Opening Hours: Daily 11am to midnight
4. Hub Zero, Dubai
Another indoor arena for you to immerse in tons of games, Hub Zero allows you to experience both VR games like Resident Evil Bio Terror and classic arcade games like Pac Man and Galaga. Make sure you bring your squads here to have fun together. Some of the games can accommodate a large group of people, such as the Gears of War Laser Siege, where up to 24 players can play together at once to attack a team of Locusts.
Address: Hub Zero, City Walk, Dubai
Opening Hours: Saturday to Wednesday 2pm to 10pm | Thursday to Friday 2pm to midnight
5. Tokyo Joypolis, Japan
With more than 20 games and attractions, you will have a good time in Tokyo Joypolis away from the scorching sun or rainy weather. If you come here with your buddies, head to Storm G for a competitive match in a high-speed bobsleigh simulation.
Hold on tight as your sleigh spins left and right as you manoeuvre it on the tubular Futuristic track and even twist 360 degrees along the way! The ticket also allows readmission, so you can take a break from the thrilling rides and explore the rest of Odaiba before returning here.
Address: 3F to 5F, 1-6-1 Daiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 10pm (last entry at 9:15pm)
6. The Rift Virtual Reality Adventure Center, Kuala Lumpur
Put the goggles on and get ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure at The Rift Kuala Lumpur. There are ten VR adventures available, and you are allowed to re-enter the attractions.
Get excited to launch your very first interstellar adventure at Zero Latency’s Singularity! You and your friends can roam freely in the room with your goggles and laser guns, hunting down all the aliens in a secret military space station. Be careful not to get shot by your own teammates though!
Address: 3rd Floor, North Court, Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 10pm (last admission at 8pm)
7. V-Room, Singapore
V-Room has more than 20 games available for you to explore with your friends. Besides public stations, they also have 12 VR rooms available for private booking where you can play as many games as you want.
Grab your trusted buddies to play “Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes” together. One of you will be tasked to diffuse a bomb while the rest will be giving out the instruction to do so. The race against time will make you sweat and confused at the same time because everyone will keep shouting what they can see. Will you be able to survive the bomb?
Address: 2 Jurong East Central 1, JCube, #02-11, Singapore 609731
Opening Hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
8. Oriental Science Fantasy Valley, China
Source: Oriental Science Fantasy Valley
Oriental Science Fantasy Valley, also known as Oriental Ssangyong Science Park or East Science Valley, is a massive 134-hectare theme park houses at least 35 different VR attractions. Fasten your seatbelt and hold on tight as you evade the chaos and invasion happening in your city. Be prepared to get rotated 360 degrees, while avoiding all the enemies’ planes.
Don’t leave the park before taking a photo with the iconic 53.5-metre-high Transformers steel statue right at the entrance to the park — it is soon to be acknowledged by Guinness World Records as the largest Transformers statue in the world!
Address: Guiyang, Guizhou Province, east of Ssangyong Airport Economic Zone
Opening Hours: Weekdays 10am to 6pm | Weekends 9am to 7pm
9. VR Zone Shinjuku, Japan
Source: VR Zone Shinjuku
VR Zone Shinjuku is another popular spot in Japan for you to live up to your childhood dream of fighting alongside Goku. You will get a chance to train with Goku, honing your Kamehameha skills. As you release the Kamehameha, your body will vibrate and recoil from the massive impact.
If you are looking for a more competitive match against your friends, head to the Mario Kart to race on the wheels. Dodge away from the Piranha Plants and beat Bowser in reaching the finish line!
Address: Hyper-Reality Entertainment Expo “VR Zone Shinjuku”, 1-29-1 Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 10pm (final admission to the building: 9pm, final admission to the activity: 9:30pm)
10. Sandbox VR, Hong Kong
Source: Sandbox VR
You and your friends are only steps away to get your hands on the hidden treasures when you realise that the ship is cursed. Before you can claim your treasure, you need to slay those dead pirates with your weapons. Of course, it’s not that easy! Davy Jones will do anything to keep you away from his pile of stolen gold and jewellery. Make sure you bring your strongest squad to Sandbox VR to embark on this adventure!
Address: Tsim Sha Tsui, 4F Tern Plaza, 5 Cameron Rd 2311-9995
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 12pm to 10:45pm | Friday to Sunday 11am to 11:15pm
Blurring the reality and perception
The only limit is your imagination — and that’s precisely what VR is trying to prove! If you have never imagined walking on a thin rope between two skyscrapers, you can do so through VR games. The immersive, real-motion experience allows you to have fun with your friends in a different realm of imagination. Time to step up your boring arcade games and traditional theme park rides into an adventure beyond imagination!