Happy Run is a new rhythm running game available now on SideQuest

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While most of the VR games and apps that have come out over the years are standalone experiences, some are designed to be used in tandem with other training gear one might own. Now a new game has hit the market that could help you take advantage of that treadmill you’ve been sitting around your house in a whole new way.

From developer PlayToWinGames, Happy Run is a new running game that contains rhythmic elements. The project was born after the developer first designed a first-person shooter called Wild area and an accompanying locomotion system called DeepLocomotion. The locomotion system itself worked well, but Wildzone’s reach turned out to be a bit too wide. Therefore, a smaller game was born in Happy Run.

For the most part, Happy Run puts you in the middle of a beautiful world that simulates the experience of running outdoors. The game is full of beautiful views, forests, and a few paths to walk. Although beauty is one of the major aspects of Happy Run, the game also emphasizes music.

Developer PlayToWinGames told us that the Happy Run soundtrack was created to sync with the average number of steps per minute for most people who run. The music will start at a cooler ambient level when you start to run, but as your pace increases, the beat of the music will also increase. As you start to run faster, more and more instruments are introduced to match the rate at which your body is moving. You can also track these movements in-game and get an overview of your steps per minute, beats per minute of music playing, and other stats.

You can check out a trailer for Happy Run here:

Perhaps the coolest part of Happy Run is that the game should work with treadmills as well. PlayToWinGames just released an update that makes the game compatible for treadmill users and so far the response has been positive. Happy Run displays a virtual map of the in-game treadmill so you don’t lose sight of where you are in real life. For this reason, you can make sure that you will not run away and hurt yourself.

For now, Happy Run is only in the early stages of development, but the game should only continue to develop from here. A new update is expected to arrive next month that will add a bike mod, among other notables. Other additions planned for the future also include exploration mode, larger worlds to run in, and support for Oculus Quest 2.

We always love to tell you why some of the games we discuss here at VR Fitness Insider might be worth your time from a fitness standpoint, but with Happy Run, applying the game as a tool to work it out is pretty obvious. While this game doesn’t drastically change the core activity of running, it at the very least gives you a beautiful world to run in and great music to listen to while you do it.

From that point on, Happy Run is only available on SideQuest, which means you’ll need to load it onto your own Oculus Quest device. Plans to come to the Oculus store in an official capacity are underway, but no specific date has been set at this time. The same goes for Valve’s Steam Marketplace.

Until then, to download the game right now, you can head over to its page on the SideQuest store page. here.


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