Entertainment Reviews

VR Here Review


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On Thursday Alan and I were invited to A complimentary session at VR Here, Liverpool’s Virtual Reality Center which opened in April 2016 and was the first virtual reality arcade in the UK.

We were very dubious about the new virtual reality technology having tried those simulator rides years ago. Although we were aware that technology has come on a lot in the past 5 years we were still unsure what to expect.

We were pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed the session. Bryan from VR Here taught us how to use the HTC Vive headsets and we trialled a variety of games. VR Here currently offer a choice of 37 games and we tried out 8 of them.

We started off with The Blu which is an underwater simulator where you could ‘touch’ the fish and the coral reef and they would react as if you really were touching them.

Moving on we played Space Pirate Trainer where flying robots are attacking you and you can shoot them back and protect yourself with a shield.

Once we’d figured out the controls we played The Lab  and learn how to transport. As your limited to the booth transporting allows you to move throughout the game more freely. Along with transporting we learnt how to use a bow and arrow and I learnt that it’s not one of my strong points.

Using the skills we’d learnt in The Lab we moved onto Quivr; a multiplayer game where we had to protect our gate from intruders using a bow and arrow. We could teleport to different places along a snowy mountain. I thought I had been doing really well considering my practicing has been so dire – until I realised that Alan had teleported to an area close to where I was and ‘my’ shots were actually his. 🙈

Continuing through the games we went onto Raw Data; another multiplayer game which was similar to the I-robot film multiple robots would attack you and you needed to shoot them.

We went from robots to zombies in Brookhaven Experience  which was quite intense as it was so fast paced. I really enjoyed this game, it was my second favourite.

After killing all the zombies we moved onto Richie’s Plank Experience where features a host of mini games. The first we played was plank where you went up a skyscraper in a lift. The doors opens to allow you to walk out on a wooden plank to view the city. Bryan told us that this game does simulate falling. Intrigued I stepped of the board and felt like I was falling in the game. it was a bit surreal as I could feel I was stood up but felt I was falling.

We played another mini game called Jetpack where you could fly across the city and you had a hose to put out fires. I’m not quite sure why but I started feeling a little queasy during this game, maybe it was the feeling of moving up and down which we hadn’t experienced in the earlier games.

We ended the session playing Rec Room which was another multiplayer game consisting of mini games. We had a quick go on Paddleball and then moved onto Paintball. I didn’t quite grasp the idea of the game and was absolutely battered by Alan in this. I thought it was about getting the flag but Alan seemed to follow me round just shooting at me.

Alan’s Verdict
‘It was really enjoyable, not what I had expected and that I would recommend VR Here to anyone. My favourite game was the Jetpack mini game’.

I really enjoyed it and whilst it wasn’t something I would have gone out of my way to do before I would now. I found the headset started to feel quite heavy toward the end of the session but Bryan said afterwords that he would usually only recommend an hours use then taking a break before continuing. My favourite game was Raw Data, I enjoyed the shooting and the fact that it was multiplayer, something we could do together – put a different twist on date night.

You can book different sessions (prices are per booth)
– £20 for 30 minutes.
– £30 for an hour.
– You can book additional hours at £10 per hour.

You can book your sessions at VR-here.co.uk

BusyLazyMum readers can enter ‘WELCOMETOVR’ for a £5 discount when booking.

If your unsure on virtual reality you can book a free 15 minute free session with VR Here on a Sunday between 12 and 1.

VR Here also do free Virtual Reality nights at Font Bar Liverpool and VR Club at VR Here, you can find out more about these events on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

I would love to take the boys along to try it out I think they would be fascinated with The Blu, The Lab and Ritchie’s Plank Experiences. Unfortunately at the moment they’re a bit young. Bryan said that they wouldn’t recommend anyone under the age of 8 to play on this equipment but them it depends on the size of their head as to whether the headset will fit securely. We were told that generally VR Here customers are 12 and over.

VR Here also offer parties, stag do’s and team building events. They have a capacity of 20. If your interested in a party email them for a customised quote.

Educational Quizzes Review

Educational Quizzes

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This half term I was given the fantastic opportunity of trying out the Educational Quizzes website with my boys , Tristan aged 6 and Lewis aged 4.


A Little About Educational Quizzes.

Educational Quizzes is a monthly subscription designed to help children be successful at school by making the school curriculum easy and enjoyable. The quizzes written by teachers cover curriculum from Key Stage 1 all the way up to GCSE Level. The subscription costs £9.95 per month and can be cancelled at any time. Educational Quizzes are conscious that not everyone is able to afford the monthly subscription and for this reason schools can sign up students from as little as £2 per year which is a tiny price to pay for more engagement with parents.

How we got on.

I logged into Educationalquizzes.com and selected Key Stage 1 quizzes. I then let the boys have free reign on my laptop and Tristan being more IT savvy took the lead. He chose to try the 2 times tables questionnaire and loved that it automatically told him if he’d got it right or not when he chose an answer. He was very proud to tell me that he’d got 9/10. Next he did a mixed times tables and got a bit frustrated when he was getting more wrong. I know he hasn’t done all the times tables in school yet so this didn’t worry me. If he had then it would of highlighted areas which we could practice at home. Tristan also tried the spellings quiz however found this a bit tricky as he didn’t know what the sentence was supposed to say and couldn’t get his head around the fact he had to read the answers and pick which one was right. Educational Quizzes may I suggest an option to hear audio of the sentence to help the younger children?

As Lewis isn’t very IT savvy and he can’t read just yet I decided to do some quizzes with him. We did the ‘Counting on from a given number.’ I was quite impressed as Lewis is only 4 and with a bit of talking it through got 8 out of 10. We also did the ‘Alphabet (big and Small – Upper and Lower Case Letters 1’ quiz and this was great for Lewis as he’s at that stage where he is recognising and sounding out letters everywhere.

Overall View

I thought the Educational Quizzes website is a great resource for children, parents and schools. I’m not sure if I’d pay the  £9.95 subscription fee on a monthly basis but I definitely think it’s something I would use to keep my boys learning throughout the summer holidays. I think educational quizzes are a great resource to link school and home education and I am fully behind schools taking out the subscription for their students.