Requires HTC Vive to play. Free trapped water bears by rerouting, remixing and redirecting water flows in a frolicking 3D environment! Water Bears VR is the next evolution of Water Bears, winner of the 2015 Serious Play Awards “Best in Show” and the 2015 CTR “Editor’s Choice for Excellence in Design.
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Very Positive (17 reviews) - 100% of the 17 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Very Positive (90 reviews) - 91% of the 90 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 1, 2016

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Step into the Vive and use your own two hands to reroute, remix, and redirect water flows to free trapped water bears! Water Bears VR is the next evolution of Water Bears, winner of the 2015 Serious Play Awards “Best in Show” and the 2015 CTR “Editor’s Choice for Excellence in Design.”

Each puzzle starts with sad water bears that are desperately in need of water. Help them by building and rebuilding water flows using an ever-increasing variety of pipes. Walk around the puzzles in real space, viewing them from all sides to get ideas. Manipulate myriad colors, test your spatial reasoning, and make the most of your limited resources. There are dozens of puzzles and an awful lot of thirsty water bears that need your help!

[Standing / minimum playspace size: 2.3m x 2m / ]

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.3 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or similar
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires SteamVR Headset and controllers
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Very Positive (17 reviews)
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Very Positive (90 reviews)
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SvDvorak
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Cute and charming while still able to create some interesting challenges. In the extra-challenges that is; the basic chapters are a bit of a cake walk. I highly recommend you start playing the challenge levels as you finish each chapter.
Combining the great use of room-scale with a very high level of polish makes this into one of my favorite VR games.
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real_trisk
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Fun and cute little game. Waterbears are well animated and can be interacted with in every state you find them in, which is really cute. It's fun to find all the interactions with them. Puzzles are middling to easy, and the whole game is probably intended for younger players. Still, it's cute, fun, colorful, and relaxing.

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oren88
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
The game is amazing, and is intended for everyone, adults, children, I highly recommend it to everyone!

I wish there were more games like that to VR, simply amazing! Good job developers, and hope that soon more games like that will rise, the more the better! 10\10.
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tintmylf
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
A fun puzzle game designed for VR. It's not particularly difficult (so far) and seems fairly short, but it's a good use of the technology, allowing you to wander around the puzzle and view it from different sides and angles to figure out how to solve. A good choice for some easy, casual fun.
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Solar
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Very fun puzzle game that is well worth the price. The challenge packs provide a good challenge. The water bears are cute. This is one of the most polished games for VR right now. I highly recommend getting this game if you enjoy puzzle games.
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Bremen
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Product received for free
This is an adorable and nicely polished puzzle game. It makes great use of room scale; possibly the best use of room scale, in fact. No teleporting here, you can walk around the puzzle to inspect it from all angles, and then use the space to build your pipe contraption by hand. The space requirement is high, but oh so worth it. Definitely one of the most polished games currently available.

The puzzles start easy and grow more complex. Usually the solutions are fairly simple, but it often takes a lot of experimentation and rebuilding to find them. Some of the puzzles are open; you have a large number of pipes and can do what you like; while others only give you exactly enough pipes to finish.

The Water Bears are the most adorable creatures ever, and will interact with you once you finish the puzzle; I've probably spent half my time in this game doing puzzles, and half just playing around with them.
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arleas
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
Product received for free
A while back this game was on a promo for free, and even though I didn't have a VR headset at the time, I knew i'd be getting one sooner or later, so I grabbed it while I could. I was going to play it the other day and then saw that the game actually required just a tad bit more space than I had available... my bed was in the way or I'd have had the space for it for sure.

Well I said "screw it" and traced my play space so that it went over the edge of my bed so I could play this game. Occasionally I would be RIGHT up against one of the boundries but I made it. Also if you have a ceiling fan: turn it off if you value your hands. I turned mine off and I still wound up banging my hands against the light fixtures (I would have probably hit the blades with the controllers too).

So what is Water bears VR? Basically you have these cutesy little tardigrades that sit inside little bubbles asleep. Your goal is to fill the bubble with water so that they wake up and float/fly off through the air. Sounds easy? It is! You just connect pipes to make sure the water flows towards the bubble and that's all you have to worry about at first.

Later you get puzzles where the pieces are in short supply so you have to be careful, and eventually there's different colors of water that you have to direct to the appropriately colored water bear. It gets slowly more complicated as time goes on.

Also, you can do most of the puzzles standing up, but occasionally you'll have to crouch down to see better, and of course you'll want to view the puzzle from all sides.

In between levels you step into a teleporting tube (marked with footprints in a circle on the ground) and that teleports you to the next level or back to the hub. I only saw 4 main sets of puzzles (each set had 4-6 puzzles in it) with a few special bonus puzzles. No puzzle was so difficult that I couldn't complete it with a bit of experimentation and I got through 75% of the puzzles I saw in one sitting.

Maybe the game is aimed at younger kids? In any case, it's fun The title doesn't make you think "puzzle game" though. For $10 it's worth a run through just for the cutesy environment and the "pipe laying" gameplay. Difficulty is probably suitable for kids age 10+ and if you're looking for a game to add to your VR library this wouldn't be a bad addition (if you like puzzle games).
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LeapSeven
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 13
Product received for free
Great VR puzzle game. Very well polished. Use of the controllers to lay pipes is very well done and the theme and animations look great. Highly recommended if you are looking for a fun, casual experience for yourself and demoing to others.
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NitroNatus
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
awesome, cute and really worth its price in comparison to other vive-games
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Product received for free
A while back this game was on a promo for free, and even though I didn't have a VR headset at the time, I knew i'd be getting one sooner or later, so I grabbed it while I could. I was going to play it the other day and then saw that the game actually required just a tad bit more space than I had available... my bed was in the way or I'd have had the space for it for sure.

Well I said "screw it" and traced my play space so that it went over the edge of my bed so I could play this game. Occasionally I would be RIGHT up against one of the boundries but I made it. Also if you have a ceiling fan: turn it off if you value your hands. I turned mine off and I still wound up banging my hands against the light fixtures (I would have probably hit the blades with the controllers too).

So what is Water bears VR? Basically you have these cutesy little tardigrades that sit inside little bubbles asleep. Your goal is to fill the bubble with water so that they wake up and float/fly off through the air. Sounds easy? It is! You just connect pipes to make sure the water flows towards the bubble and that's all you have to worry about at first.

Later you get puzzles where the pieces are in short supply so you have to be careful, and eventually there's different colors of water that you have to direct to the appropriately colored water bear. It gets slowly more complicated as time goes on.

Also, you can do most of the puzzles standing up, but occasionally you'll have to crouch down to see better, and of course you'll want to view the puzzle from all sides.

In between levels you step into a teleporting tube (marked with footprints in a circle on the ground) and that teleports you to the next level or back to the hub. I only saw 4 main sets of puzzles (each set had 4-6 puzzles in it) with a few special bonus puzzles. No puzzle was so difficult that I couldn't complete it with a bit of experimentation and I got through 75% of the puzzles I saw in one sitting.

Maybe the game is aimed at younger kids? In any case, it's fun The title doesn't make you think "puzzle game" though. For $10 it's worth a run through just for the cutesy environment and the "pipe laying" gameplay. Difficulty is probably suitable for kids age 10+ and if you're looking for a game to add to your VR library this wouldn't be a bad addition (if you like puzzle games).
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Very underrated title, one of the top 5 polished titles out at the moment. Casual and relaxing puzzle title. Environment and art style is cutesy, but very pleasant and cohesive. Controls are well thought out and executed. Would like more challenging puzzles, but I'm only 60 percent complete thus far. Jump in and quench some bear-thirst today!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Very fun puzzle game that is well worth the price. The challenge packs provide a good challenge. The water bears are cute. This is one of the most polished games for VR right now. I highly recommend getting this game if you enjoy puzzle games.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Lovely, colorful and fun

Requires a HTC Vive to play in case you didn't read the store page
If you don't have a Vive please don't rate the game down it's a lovely game.

Pros:

+Fun casual game
+Has achievements
+Lovely colorful graphics
+Interesting and fun gameplay
+Utilizes the HTC Vive excellently
+It's cute! WATER BEARS EVERYWHERE!
+Free at release but will change (Devs offered it for free for a limited time)
+Puzzles are fun to do and not too challanging, love the different colored water bears and pipes

Cons:

-Water bears get sad and thirsty :(
-Only free for a limited amount of time (No longer free)
-Can't adopt the water bears into real life
-Only playable with the HTC Vive headset

Download Size: 392mb
Achievement Difficulty: Easy to 100%

Rating: 8/10
Recommendation: Worth playing

My Opinion:

Beautiful, vibrant and a lovely game for the VR. The makers where nice enough to give the game out for free for a while, but even now that it's priced it is still a good game to pick up for the VR.

End Note: This game is lovely yet it gets so much hate because it requires a Vive headset and most can't play it. Not fair to rate it down because you can't play it.
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255 of 412 people (62%) found this review helpful
183 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: January 27
Message from the game:

Water Bears VR requires the Vive to be playable.

Please exit the game, check your Vive is properly connected, and restart the game.

10 / 10 Would try to play a VR game without a VR device again.
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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: January 31
So I've actually played this on my HTC Vive and can confirm that it's charming and delightful in every way. It's one of the most polished real games for the Vive at this time. While it won't resonate with the typical Steam user, your girlfriends, wives, and moms will enjoy this game. Makes for a great soft friendly intro to VR.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Requires a HTC Vive to play in case you didn't read the store page!!!

This is so far the best game I've been able to play with my Vive.
It's totally a game I can let my friends play and experience the joys of VR!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
Don't take this game for face value -- what seems like a childish puzzle game is really one of the most charming games that the HTC Vive has to offer. Being able to try the development version when touring Schell Games last November is what convinced me that the Vive was worth buying.

Water Bears takes a classic puzzle game and turns it into an incredible experience. The relaxing atmosphere and music combined with the most immersive controls out of any game I've tried so far make this a must-have Vive game. Good for showing VR to non-gamer friends, too.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
Water Bears VR is a polished and easy to get into VR game. The VR environment is wonderfully bright and colorful, don't let the cartoony-style fool you, this game is immersive. The puzzles are fun and there are enough things to warrant the $9.99 USD.

The game most closely resembles Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker in terms of the action being centered around a winding blocky mountain you have to traverse around. With the added VR it makes Water Bears VR entertaining and not invasive, a really good place to start with VR.

The puzzle difficulty is quite basic at first and then starts to ramp up with different pipe types and needing to mix colors together for certain Water Bears.

The biggest downfall of the game is its 3m x 3m room requirement. I didn't have enough room (about 2.6m x 2.8) and it still worked just fine so I'm not sure what the need for all that space is (you don't even use most of the edge space).


Pros
  • Great aesthetics to experience in VR
  • Fun puzzles akin to Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
  • Cute interactions with the Water Bears gives added VR depth.
  • Great price point of $9.99 USD
  • Perfect for demoing VR in a non-invasive and interactive way.


Cons
  • 3m x 3m room size requirement (I wable able to play with less)
  • Lack of passive interaction with the enviroment.


All in all I'd say this is a must-have VR experience.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
Really well polished casual puzzle game. Definitely recommend.
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