Since making its debut on September 17, Squid Game has become one of the most successful Netflix original series ever, attracting viewers from around the world and showing them that Korean drama is more than just romantic comedies.
In the premise of the series is simple: 456 people willingly device to participate in a series of deadly games to win ₩45.6 billion ($38.7 million USD). The first game is “Red Light, Green Light,” the children’s game played in different countries under different names. In this game, players are allowed to moved only the “it” player isn’t looking, and they must freeze as soon as the “it” player turns around as says “red light.” If they fail to do so, they’re disqualified (or killed in the case of Squid Game participants).
If you believe that your reflexes are good enough to win a game of “Red Light, Green Light,” then you can put them to a test because in virtual reality.
Soaring Roc, a studio known for experimental VR apps like Let’s Go Chopping, has released a completely free version of the game for Oculus Quest headsets, and you can download it here and install using SideQuest. The game doesn’t use any original assets, and it’s anything but polished, but the core gameplay is there, and it’s fun. To move forward, you move your hands as if running in real life and look around using your headset’s head-motion tracking sensors.
In addition to Soaring Roc’s latest creation, there are now also quite a few Squid Game-inspired VRChat worlds that offer their own versions of “Red Light, Green Light.” Unlike professional game developers, VRChat content creators don’t concern themselves with copyright laws too much, delivering an experience that looks and sounds just like the Netflix series.