EEL Creek Virtual Reality Cinema

Posted June 17, 2014 by in All

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Developer: Polytronik
Demo Release Date: 17-06-2014
Version: 1.0
Type: VR Cinema Experience
Platform: PC , Mac
HMD: Oculus Rift
Download: Click Here
Control Schemes: Xbox Controller, Keyboard & Mouse

Best Part:

Beautiful art style, Great animation both on and off screen

Worst Part:

No ability to play your own media. Xbox controls can be a bit buggy
Bottom Line

A great experience that will leave you smiling from ear to ear.






Comfort Level


Total Score

3.5/ 5

by David
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If there’s one thing we love about Virtual Reality it’s the ability to experience traditional media in new and interesting ways.

New Zealand developers Polytronik have just released their EEL Creek themed Outdoor Virtual Reality Cinema and we downloaded it immediately and found ourselves grinning from ear to ear as soon as we entered the wonderful world which presents itself.

You start by walking up a short pathway and you pass some stalls which sell memorabilia for the movie which you are about to watch. One nice touch is how the shop keepers are giant snails who watch your every move. Walking around aimlessly are what can only be described as Kiwi Birds which are missing their long narrow bills. They look friendly and docile and take no notice of you.

Walking further down the path you come to the Theatre which looks fantastic and as soon as you enter the area the Funkadelic sounds of the band under the main screen start to sound out. We love how the three piece band look and especially love the guy on the bass.

The Theatre itself is quite large and some of the seats are occupied which is a nice touch as most other VR theatres are usually empty which can feel a bit odd. One special feature in this Cinema is a type of DIY projector which is powered by one of the beakless Kiwi birds.

Once you sit down you are treated to a short 3 minute animated movie called EEL Creek. This is a great movie to demo and even with the resolution of the current development kit the picture looks quite clear in the Rift.

Sadly you can only view the movie provided in the demo as there is no function to watch your own media which is disappointing as I could quite easily watch a full feature in this quite tranquil environment. This experience was created to promote the EEL Creek movie just as Senzo Peso was created to complement the Opera it was promoting. Using VR to promote or enhance traditional media is something I never thought of when I first purchased my Rift and I’ve been quite surprised by the quality experiences which have come out recently.

I whole heartedly recommend you try this out.



About the Author


David Whelan a professional web developer has been a serial early adopter of the latest technology. From an early age playing on a C64 he always dreamt of entering virtual worlds and exploring the endless possibilities that could be offered up by the platform.

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