Gorilla Tag review on the Oculus Quest 2

Gorilla Tag review on the Oculus Quest 2

Published: 09-03-2023
Updated: 26-05-2023

Introduction

Today we will be reviewing Gorilla Tag on the Oculus Quest 2. Gorilla Tag is massively popular with almost 6 billion views on TikTok alone. The game has garnered over 5 million players worldwide! In Gorilla Tag you run around as a gorilla tagging other players using your arms to move yourself forwards. The game lets up to ten people in a lobby. It is fast paced and very engaging, we played it for over 30 hours.

Pros and cons Gorilla Tag in table 

These are some of the pros and cons that we found interesting about Gorilla Tag.

Pros

Cons

+ Low PC requirements

- No possibility to play offline

+ Active player base

- Explicit language use of younger players

+ Perfect for all ages

- Playspace shouldn’t be less than 1 x 1M 

General information about Gorilla Tag

Here is some general information about Gorilla Tag:

Age rating

All ages

Languages

English

Game length

N/A

Size on disk 

500MB on PC, 420MB on standalone devices

Genre

Action, Casual

Release Date

12th of February 2021

Game Studio

Another Axiom

Multiplayer/co-op/single-player

Multiplayer

Platform compatibility

Quest, Steam VR, Pico

Headset Compatibility

Pico 4, PC VR headsets, Quest 2, Quest Pro

Minimum PC specifications 

Requires a 64-bit processor and operating systemOS: Windows 10Processor: Intel Core i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350Memory: 4 GB RAMGraphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290VR Support: SteamVR or Oculus PC VR

Price (not on sale)

Free on standalone devices, €19.50 on PC

Gameplay and visuals

Gorilla Tag is a game with a polygon type of style that is very simplistic. Gorilla Tag looks very clear on the Quest 2 without any performance issues. The game is bright, colorful and easy to understand. It is immensely fun and can be quite exciting when you are the last gorilla that hasn’t been tagged yet. 

The game isn’t focused on crazy realistic looking textures, the game at its core is simple and this is reflected in the way the game looks. It is comparable to a Playstation 1 game. This allows the Quest 2 to hit its maximum refresh rate of 120Hz for a smooth gaming experience. Although the maps that were released after the original do look better and less block-like.

You can run, climb and jump all without having to touch a single button on your controller. Everything is controlled just by arm movement, It is quite the workout. There is realistic gravity so you won’t just float around aimlessly. The movement method felt very natural and was definitely the right decision from the developer. 

Gorilla Tag

Story, levels and challenge

Gorilla Tag doesn’t have a backstory or difficulty setting since the game focuses on simplicity and having fun with others. There is definitely some skill required to climb the trees and many of the other obstacles. You don’t just become a so-called “monke”, you have to earn that title. It is a name that the community uses to describe players, it is used frequently with the quote “Reject humanity, become monke”. 

You have the possibility to select between four game modes: casual, infection, hunt and paint brawl. The casual game mode allows you to create private lobbies to hang out in with your friends or to socialize. In both the infection and hunt mode you have to chase players and tag them in order to win the match. 

We preferred the infection mode because it is the most exciting one especially when you are the last player left. Lastly there is the paint brawl mode where you have to shoot other “monkes” with a slingshot to pop their balloons. Every player gets 3 balloons, these are your life points, that they need to protect at all cost. For us this was the hardest game mode because not only do you have to run and chase other players you also have to shoot them with your slingshot.

Currently there are six maps that you can play on: forest, cave, canyon, city, mountain and clouds. They all have a unique environment and colorscheme. We found the mountain map the most fun to play on because you can go on the slides and the trees look quite realistic.

Gameplay experience

As we played longer and started to get better at the game, we felt a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction from mastering new techniques and strategies. It kind of felt like reliving your childhood in a new and exciting way. Playing Gorilla Tag in VR was an immersive and thrilling experience that left us feeling energized. Besides all the laughs and fun it is also a great way to exercise, you will feel it in your arms after a few intense rounds even with the lightweight controllers of the Quest 2.

Replayability

Gorilla Tag has a massive player base and is the most reviewed game on the Quest Store. It has almost 56.000 reviews, that is 12.000 more than the absolute classic Beat Saber! With such a strong community you are sure to have some memorable moments. A round usually doesn’t take longer than 10 minutes and 5 seconds after the round ends the next one starts. Because the rounds are quite short and the community is so engaged the replay value is pretty high. You will never run out of “monkes” to play against. The game receives updates almost every two weeks to patch glitches or to add more content.

Alternative games

Here are some alternative games that we think you will enjoy.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Gorilla Tag is a highly engaging and immersive virtual reality game that has captured the attention of many gamers. The game’s unique experience of being a gorilla in a jungle environment has made it a popular choice for VR players. Its intuitive gameplay mechanics and simple controls make it accessible to players of all skill levels. Overall, Gorilla Tag is an excellent game that offers an enjoyable and unique virtual reality experience. We rate this game 7/10 on our immersion scale because it is a fun game for all ages.

FAQ

Can you work out while VR gaming?

You most certainly can, this game will give you the arm workout of your life.

With how many people can I play Gorilla Tag?

Gorilla Tag allows up to 10 people in a lobby.

I have played VR but got motion sickness. What can I do to prevent this?

The best way to combat motion sickness is by playing the game seated. It will limit your range of motion but will significantly reduce motion sickness.