A free demo for Kluge Interactive's addictive freestyle dance VR rhythm game is available now through App Lab.
There is not currently a demo for the game available through the Official Quest Store. As of November 2020, Kludge had released a demo on SideQuest. But now, it is available directly through Oculus App Lab.
There were always going to be a lot of possibilities for App Lab, Oculus's officially unofficial store for direct downloads of unapproved content. But for sure, one of the most exciting possibilities was that developers could now publish demos for their games for direct download whenever they want.
This is one of the biggest problems with the Oculus Quest Store: not a lot of playable demos. Especially in VR, knowing how well a game plays on your set-up will be key for deciding whether or not you'll splurge on a particular game.
One developer now taking advantage of App Lab is Kludge Interactive, creator of the addictive freestyle dance VR rhythm game Synth Riders, who have re-launched their SideQuest demo for direct download through App Lab.
Unlike a game like Beat Saber, Synth Rider faces you with a sequence of incoming orbs and challenges you to create a sort-of freestyle dance routine while incorporating hitting as many of these orbs as possible.
The demo offers five songs which are playable on all difficulty levels indefinitely. It also gives you unlimited access to "all the modifiers". The demo also claims to support Roomscale, but requires a 2x2 meter play space to do so.
This is a great way to get a taste of the game, and if you like it, expect even more when you purchase the full game. The full game includes: 67 songs (some of which are DLC), official custom song support, cross-platform multiplayer and so-called 360-degree 'Spin Mode' in every single song.
When you go to download the demo, you'll be warned that "Apps from App Lab haven't gone through the full Oculus review process, so they may include unknown issues relating to comfort, performance or other factors."
Using App Labs, developers can now distribute unlisted games via either direct link or marketplaces like App Lab DB. If you'd like more information on how to locate App Lab applications, check out our guide on finding the best unlisted games and apps on Quest.