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VR to go!


the body are in conflict and the brain tries to tell body it is ‘flying’ then result is motion sickness, sometimes quite severe! So only the combination of a real coaster flight and the VR can produce this experience.” Figment Productions is currently in talks on around half a dozen other potential VR projects, adds Reveley: “Primarily its uses are in theme parks and other visitor attractions, but in some circumstances ambitious live events might also benefit from Vector VR. We will have a major, bespoke project announcement in the near future.” For now, Alton Towers guests can enjoy Europe’s first full VR coaster experience (its debut last month was narrowly beaten by a ride at Six Flags Over Georgia in the USA) by visiting the Forbidden Valley. The thrill- centric area of the park is currently undergoing through something of transition period. Gone are the ‘Ripsaw’ Top Spin ride and Nemesis Sub: Terra walkthrough experience and mini drop towers, but Nemesis itself – Alton Towers’ iconic B&M Inverted Coaster – is still going strong as is The Blade, a Huss Pirate Ship.


Available for free via the Apple App Store and Google Play is a Galactica game. Set across three areas of the solar system – an icy planet, the fires of a hot lava planet and the vastness of deep space – it’s a competition to see who can venture the furthest into the far reaches of space. Players can indulge their competitive nature by signing in on-site to Facebook (free wifi acccess is available across Alton Towers Resort) and looking for the location markers showing where their friends have reached, and notifying them when they fly past on Galactica. Complementing the ride’s VR


theme, the app also boasts an augmented reality scanner, with which users can access bonus content on their phone. Branded Google Cardboard headsets on sale in the Galactica gift shop (as pictured below) also allow smartphone users to continue the Galactica experience at home, albeit without a multi-million B&M rollercoaster at their disposal.


The app was developed by local mobile gaming specialist Matmi, which earlier developed a Smiler game for Alton Towers, working together with the advertising agency TBWA\Manchester.


Opening on May 13, the UK’s first Rollercoaster Restaurant by Heine Mack will bring a novelty dining experience to the Forbidden Valley, and will also be available to Alton Towers Resort guests each evening after the park closes. Pre-booking is strongly recommended.


altontowers.com/theme-park/galactica LEFT: The UK’s first rollercoaster resturant opens next month APRIL 2016 37


Image courtesy Matmi


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