“What The Bat?” Evaluate: a loopy and enjoyable VR recreation

I’ve tried the indie recreation “What The Bat?” and I’m able to inform you why I discovered it very cool!

Right here you might be my overview video of the sport: if you happen to desire movies to textual content, that is what it’s best to watch!

What The Bat?

“What The Bat?” is a recreation that instantly clicked with me for the reason that first time I heard about it. I used to be studying some articles on Add VR (because it occurs each week) and I got here to discover a report from Gamescom, the place the journalist was speaking in regards to the video games he tried there. Amongst different well-known VR video games, he reported additionally a few loopy recreation he discovered “the place you need to do every little thing utilizing baseball bats”. I watched the trailer, and it was hilarious:

One of many trailers for What The Bat?. Discover that the devs usually are not new to this sort of video games. Their earlier title was referred to as What The Golf and had an identical idea (whereas not being in VR, although)

I cherished the enjoyable graphics, the irony of the title, and the craziness of the concept, and I used to be intrigued by the truth that in accordance with the reporter, it was one of many funniest video games he had tried on the occasion. I needed to play it so dangerous, so I bought in contact with the devs, I requested them for the chance to strive the sport when it was launched. They have been very form and accepted, so just a few days in the past they despatched me a key to overview the sport.

And right here you might be… with me writing the article after I attempted it.

[Before you go on reading… this review contains some spoilers about the gameplay. You have been warned]


What The Bat? is all about doing issues with baseball bats. You will have baseball bats rather than your fingers, precisely in the identical pose they might have if you happen to held them in your fingers. However you don’t see your fingers or anything, you simply see the bats, with which you need to do every little thing. And with every little thing, I imply REALLY EVERYTHING: you work together with menus utilizing the bats, you reset the sport utilizing the bats, you shoot selfies with the bats, you choose ranges with the bats, you… you bought the concept (with the bats). The UX is all bat-oriented.

Me launching a stage contained in the Museum surroundings… utilizing a bat

The sport consists of ranges, and ranges are grouped by environments the place they occur. As an example, there’s the museum surroundings, and inside it, you will have one thing like 10 ranges. The degrees of the museum surroundings are all museum-oriented (you don’t say). Within the menu, you see the environments as cute dioramas inside baseball balls, and there are fairly just a few of them. the seashore, the museum, town, and so on… Once you win all the degrees of an surroundings, you’ll be able to take a selfie (after all utilizing bats) and this picture will get saved in that diorama. I at all times cherished the selfie second.

I made extra selfie on this recreation than an Instagram influencer

Inside each stage, you need to carry out a sequence of small mini duties (let’s name them “episodes”) utilizing your bats. I suppose the precise phrase to outline these duties is “hypercasual”: you end up someplace, having no clear concept of what’s your activity, and methods to carry out it. Nobody explains it to you, you need to perceive it from the surroundings. Often, when you do the primary ranges, you grasp very quick what it’s best to do, and it might at all times be carried out in a really quick and fast approach. As an example, you need to use your bats to interrupt an object, or to make use of the bats to hit a baseball ball that hits one thing. More often than not the duties contain making an object hit a golden trophy (e.g. throw a ball towards the golden trophy, or discover it and hit it with the baseball bat). Every of those duties is often very quick, and you’ll full most of them in a single minute or much less. Once you win an episode, you hear a contented sound and a few confetti pop within the air.

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With the bats you need to hit the golden trophy (Picture by Triband)

What’s loopy is the sheer quantity of various duties that you need to do within the ranges utilizing your bats: you should use them to information autos, shoot selfies, play a pinball, conduct electrical energy, forged a fireplace, use a printer, paint, use a merchandising machine, develop some apples, even wash your tooth… after which after all additionally hit objects! And all of this occurs in all of the completely different environments I described earlier than: a home, the seashore, a museum, a road, and so forth. It’s insane the variety of completely different interactions and variations that the builders have labored on. Each stage is completely different than the others, and each time you by no means know what’s going to occur: you solely know that you should use solely your two bats and your mind to unravel the state of affairs. Even while you assume you know the way to do one thing since you already did it in a earlier stage, you uncover that within the present stage it’s truly completely different than earlier than. It’s loopy.

Washing my tooth with a bat. Don’t do that at dwelling… except your tooth are baseball bats too!

Generally some interactions have actually shocked me, like when in a stage I needed to rob a museum and there have been some lasers, and when the lasers hit my bat, they reduce it in items! In one other stage, I needed to remedy the duties underwater. In one other one, I attempted to hit the ball with the bat, and as an alternative of the ball, it was the bat that began flying away. In lots of ranges, I needed to play laptop video games with a joystick… and transfer the joystick solely utilizing baseball bats! I additionally cherished the eye to element: within the museum stage, there are some work that mock the Mona Lisa portray by Leonardo Da Vinci. And in the identical stage, if you happen to take a look at some work, you could acknowledge some selfies that you simply took inside the sport!

Oh no, lasers reduce my bat!

All of the interactions are physics-based, and this provides the sport a bit extra realism and a bit extra craziness. Physics interactions in VR are by no means excellent, and so they make the sport a bit unpredictable. I had the impression anyway that for some interactions (like when you need to hit the baseball balls along with your bat), the system considerably helps you by guiding a bit the shot to not make the expertise irritating. The bodily interactions imply that the sport is a bit like Bonelab: it doesn’t care the way you do issues: so long as it really works, you are able to do nevertheless you wish to attain the duty.

I personally cherished the quick pacing of the sport and its inventiveness. Each time I began a brand new stage, I couldn’t wait to see what was going to occur. After which when the extent began, I did my greatest to grasp as quick as attainable what I needed to do and methods to do it to unravel it. And often, that lasted for possibly a minute. And after I solved it, a brand new episode instantly began, and I needed to win it quick once more, and so forth. This makes the sport additionally addictive: for the reason that recreation offers a lot satisfaction in successful so many hypercasual ranges, each time you wish to do “simply 5 extra minutes for simply one other stage” after which you uncover that you simply performed for 1 hour extra.

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Has somebody mentioned “pinball”? (Picture by Triband)

I discovered every little thing enjoyable and funky. Solely two issues barely disillusioned me. One is the truth that generally the bats, which adhere to physics guidelines, caught themselves in bizarre positions as a result of they’ll’t trespass on objects. This isn’t a giant deal, although, and it additionally matches fairly properly within the total craziness of the sport. The opposite one is that the sport is hypercasual in every little thing, and doesn’t even clarify to you what to do if you happen to lose a stage. Once you make an error in a stage and you’ve got misplaced it, you hear a buzzer sound. Then the system doesn’t mechanically reset the extent for you, you might be simply caught there. It’s a must to perceive by your self that you need to press with one bat the button that’s on the underside of the opposite one. This took me some time, and I used to be very annoyed after I couldn’t perceive it: the primary time it occurred to me, I assumed the sport crashed and I rebooted it.

In complete, the sport lasted for me round 3 hours.

Visuals and Temper

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Your elephant buddy will observe you in all places, even in house! (Picture by Triband)

The graphical type is among the causes I cherished this recreation: it is cartoonish and enjoyable. It’s fairly easy and stylized, however on the similar time, it’s properly made. This additionally helps loads in protecting a excessive framerate on Quest. The colours are quite simple and brilliant, and every little thing appears to return from a present for little kids. This offers a way of happiness to the entire recreation.

All the things on this recreation could be very cute: in each stage, there’s your blue elephant buddy that has a cubic form and generally contributes additionally to the motion. He has completely different particulars relying on the surroundings: as an illustration, when he chills, he wears glasses, or when he’s a farmer, he has a stem of wheat in his mouth. All through the degrees which might be animals which might be very cute and weird on the similar time: the seagulls at all times attempt to do one thing nasty like stealing your bread; the sheeps are simply cute; the chickens of the farm throw eggs throughout them. In fact, there are additionally cats: in some ranges, they cozy on a Roomba, in others they’re ready for meals at a bar… and generally they even watch TV!

No rooster was harmed whereas capturing this video

The temper of the sport is completely satisfied, enjoyable, and loopy. There’s at all times one thing surprising and loopy that will occur. I already advised you of when I discovered myself within the museum and the laser rays reduce my bats in items… however there’s one other episode during which I needed to make a ragdoll of a horse descend from the ceiling to steal the valuable golden trophy in a approach much like Mission Unattainable motion pictures. There’s one other bit the place there are some anaglyph 3D glasses, and sporting them, you see your self in one other surroundings… one thing a la Digital Digital Actuality.


The audio is coherent with the visuals: it’s at all times enjoyable. There’s some background music in each stage, and often, it begins very sluggish with the primary episodes after which turns into quicker and better with them, after which while you gained the entire stage, you begin listening to the jingle “what the… what the… what the baaaaaaaat” that may stick into your head even after you will have completed taking part in.


On this recreation you do every little thing with the bats, there aren’t any buttons concerned in any respect. It’s loopy how they managed to do every little thing usable by two bats… and more often than not these interactions even really feel pure!

Enjoying a pc recreation… utilizing bats!

Contemplating the truth that most ranges could be performed seated and that you simply want no buttons to play, it’s also fairly good from an accessibility standpoint. Its solely downside is that you could essentially have two fingers to play it.


It’s arduous to speak about presence and immersion when the sport occurs in an absurd cartoonish world. In fact, I by no means felt actually “current” in that world. However the recreation is so enjoyable that I misplaced myself in it and ultimately, I spent plenty of time in it with out even noticing. I keep in mind that after a protracted session, my household was scared to see my forehand all crimson due to the dangerous consolation of the Quest Professional fitted on my head for such a very long time. So let’s say that it carries with it some type of presence, however the immersion could be very low.

On the immersion aspect, I would love anyway to underline how the sport makes generally a terrific use of haptics: as an illustration, while you play with electrical energy and you need to join two wires along with your bats, letting the electrical energy movement by means of you, you actually really feel the vibrations of your controllers in a approach that they appear a bit {an electrical} movement, and that’s very cool.


Shifting an egg with two bats… executed!

The sport simply makes use of room scale, so it’s comfy for all customers.

Availability and value

You’ll find the sport on Steam and Quest Retailer for €24.99. Most likely the worth is barely increased than I hoped for given its period, however contemplating the trouble wanted to develop all of the completely different situations and interactions, it is sensible.

Ultimate impressions

A lot love for What The Bat?

“What The Bat?” is a enjoyable and loopy digital actuality recreation. Since I’m a bit enjoyable and loopy myself, I cherished it loads. I like hypercasual video games, and the truth that they let me play video games which might be very quick, and so could be performed even throughout a pause in my working classes. And this recreation is principally a protracted assortment of hypercasual video games which might be all completely different and all set in numerous environments. I appreciated it being very variated and fast-paced. Each stage was a shock, and in each stage my mind was challenged to seek out what I needed to do.

I favored additionally the completely satisfied temper, and the enjoyable and loopy environments and characters I had round me. I cherished the eye to element in some interactions. After which after all I cherished the nonsense of getting to do every little thing with a bat… I didn’t know I may use my bats to place bread in a toaster underwater within the sea!

And sorry if I offer you a final spoiler, however this recreation even managed to make a bit fascinating and authentic the ultimate credit sequence!

… and within the presskit there’s even the package to let your child recreate the sport characters in actual life! (Picture by Triband)

I’ve turn out to be a bit hooked on this recreation: through the previous days, I couldn’t wait to place once more on my head my Quest Professional to play the degrees that I nonetheless needed to strive! When you like informal video games, if you happen to love the craziness, and if you happen to can recognize indie recreation, that is the sport for you 🙂

(Header picture by Triband)

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