|Developer||Scott Lowe, Philipp Lenssen|
|Publisher||Scott Lowe, Philipp Lenssen|
|Genre||Adventure, Casual, Indie, Massively Multiplayer, Sandbox, VR|
|Input Device||Tracked motion controllers|
|Play Area||Seated, Standing, Room-Scale|
|Game Mode||Single Player, Multiplayer, Online Multiplayer|
|Release Date||Oct 6, 2016|
Anyland is quite possibly one of the biggest sandbox games ever released at the time of writing; with the exception of possibly Minecraft – which is no surprise there, honestly. But while Minecraft focuses on building everything in the world with nothing more than blocks; Anyland gives you the chance to make literally anything you can imagine with a little more freedom.
What is Anyland? Well, it’s a sandbox game, so you should be aware that a lot of the game’s enjoyment and development comes from you creating a universe around you; which is what the game has a true focus on. It wants you to make your own universe; your own environment. If you’re feeling up to it, you could build every single detail of your own home, right down to your partially cracked desk lamp. If you’re feeling up to a bit more of a challenge, you could create your local area around you and make it your own personal playground with the tools that you’ve been given access to.
When I say the tools that you’re given access to, I mean scripting tools! Inside the game itself, there are scripting tools for you to use and play with to your hearts content, and if you have an idea of what you are doing, you can create some incredible levels and worlds. You might use them in addition to your universe to give them that added extra of realism for you or you can have a bunch of collectables items that you must find before a timer finishes so you can win the level. These tools are pretty simple to get to grips and allow you to make a start on them, which I appreciate, but when things get a little more complicated they’re not quite as intuitive as they could be; alas they are much easier to use than simply having to deal with code; something not everyone has a background in.
Anyland isn’t a game that has any real story, at least not without the input of other players. What I mean by that is you can play on worlds and maps that are created specifically with the intention of being for a story-filled purpose. You could come across a daft, first-person platformer where you need to jump on jam doughnuts until you reach the end goal or you could find one that has an engrossing story, with immersive gameplay elements that you’ve never seen before. The game has infinite possibility, both in terms of story and gameplay, due to the fact that you can build pretty much whatever you like at the drop of a hat.
From a certain perspective when it comes to aesthetics, the game’s graphics does come down to you as the player, but a lot of it is also down to the game as well. For the most part, the graphics in the game are fairly basic and with little detail in them, as part of it is down to wanting you to add the detail to the objects yourself. I do appreciate what the developer is doing with this game and the way they would like you to play it, but unless you put some really significant time into the details of your own objects that you’re building, then the game comes off as somewhat simple in terms of looks.
Anyland, similar to that of Minecraft - a game it’s quite clearly taken some ideas from – is one of these games that you could spend hundreds of hours inside; wasting away your afternoon inside your VR headset and building up your world as you see fit. Trust me when I say this, it is so incredibly easy to lose your time in this game if you focus on working towards a project you want complete and it gives off a similar impression that Minecraft originally did, except this time around it’s from a VR perspective.
Overall, Anyland is one of the best sandbox VR games currently out for the VR library. In some areas it’s not perfect, especially so from a visual perspective as it doesn’t look all that inviting. When you look past that, though and see just how much potential is truly hidden within this gem of a game, you’ll completely understand on why it could be one of the next best sandbox games; be it in VR or not.
Anyland is an open virtual reality universe to create your home, chat with others, explore & live in! Made from the ground up for Vive, and shaped by all of us together.
Anyland is a blank canvas for your imagination with no predefined stories and themes... it's up to all of us together to invent the world. Build, script, share, collect, meet friends, have parties, play games, watch videos, explore areas, and make history in a new reality!
We are two indie devs & VR enthusiasts and this is our labor of love. We hope to say hi to you in Anyland! If there's anything you need, let us know please, and thanks for being in Anyland!
Anyland has a sibling called .
[First video's music by Rimsky. Second video's music by Kevin MacLeod of with a Creative Commons license. Greetings to the robot & makers of Job Simulator. Thanks!]
- OS: Windows 7, 8, or 10, at 64 bit
- Processor: Intel i5
- Memory: 8 GB RAM
- Graphics: GTX 970
- Storage: 1000 MB available space