The sun is bright, the clouds are white, the beach balls are aloft in flight. Please hit them with your pizza paddle hands, and send them off to whimsical lands.
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We're doing Early Access because we have way more ideas we want to try out. It's great right now, but saying "WARNING! EARLY ACCESS!" is a quick way to communicate our desire to craft great input from Vive players worldwide into a beach ball legend.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We're going to do this Early Access collab with y'all all summer long.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“We're interested in installing more elements in the world, possible adding more places to teleport, or fewer places to teleport if they aren't fun. We've got a chance to create fantastic, realistic, playable art. Do we make a low gravity mode? Do we ditch the storms? Do we make the grass greener on the other side? Do we need a runway with a fan that launches Beach Balls? A ping pong mode? I'm not sure! Do we need a night mode with glowing beach balls and fireflies? Do we need sculptures? Do you have a cool sculpture? Do we want to build the castle out of limestone? Should glass appear if players try to step off the wall? Do we need moss? What about a tornado that eats beach balls? Do we want achievements? Do we need a music visualizer that shoots you beach balls in sync with music? Should the castle play sound when you hit it in giant mode? Kitten Balls? Pizzas? Do we add a host of key commands for spectators to interact with? There's a lot we could do, but we want to keep it simple free form fun.

Oh, we'll probably also add an achievement for hitting a beach ball.

Beach Ball Valley is a carefully crafted, whimsical world. It is not an empty shell of a bigger game right now. We're not planning on making more maps, story campaigns, beach ball crafting, multiplayer or artificial elements. We'll probably ditch the score board in favor of a bi-plane dragging a score banner across the sky.

Our goal is to make this a peaceful valley for all the folks out there seeking to befriend beach balls.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Beach Ball Valley has everything you need for hours of fun right now. It has a warm sun, blue sky, sound, force feedback, visuals, beach balls, storm systems, teleporting, a minigame that tracks scores, and keyboard driven testing features that we've enabled to give players a chance to test out possible features of Beach Ball Valley. It has a few little surprises.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Price will probably not change as we leave Early Access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Being a small development group means we can be very responsive. We'll be reading & responding to your feedback! We'll be having surveys, live chats, and discussions! We're excited to see all the unexpected fun Beach Ball Valley will bring. Stay tuned.”
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December 2

Update Huckleberry

Hand Mind Control!
  • You can wave your hand like a trademarked movie character and if you're holding the grip, and if you've touched a beach ball, you can influence it with beach ball mind tricks!
  • Either hand works, so you can do two at once, or can you?

Spectator Screen
  • There are a variety of keys you can use to interact with your friends, now we show them on the main screen. Space to toggle on/off. No perf hit either way.

Bonuses
  • Big Beach balls show up now and then. Nobody really know where they come from or why they're here, but they're nice to play with.
  • Rain Cloud is more happy and loves to water the beach balls.

Fixes
  • Minigames now end when you leave the area
  • It's easier to make a shot that bounces off the castle roof and hits the hoops
  • Paddleball is now always 8 proper hits away
  • Balls pop less easily
  • Music minigame launchers are better timed
  • Tracking puck functionality isn't crashing the world anymore. *(probably)*
  • Grass is now greener on the other side
  • Holographic hint paddle system shows players how to start the first game or teleport so you probably don't have to tell them anything for them to move around in the game!
  • Music minigame metronome goes away farther so it's harder to hit by accident

Super Rare Secret Advanced Mode
  • Click the backs of the controllers into each other, you'll see some magical puff, and then mind control reverts to the original and challenging system of actually moving your head around because you're rad Mind control
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August 12

Update Grand

Beach Ball Valley Update Grand!

We've updated weather systems to reflect standard cloud diversity. There are now happy clouds and angry clouds. You'll know which are which!


Also, there are now buttons to press to start games for all the games.


To top things off, we've added a new beach ball! It's Grand!


Oh, and one more thing. Try hitting a beach ball 10 times with the same paddle.


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About This Game

Seeing players smile as you hand them two giant pizza paddles never gets old. Sending a beach ball sailing over the hills is a magical VR moment, and we're casually developing Beach Ball Valley to share that with everyone. While it's primarily enjoyed in demos by younger audience, my Mom and Grandmother, it's highly tuned haptics & physics feel lovely. Professional business executives have lost themselves to the simple playfulness, and exclaimed "This is more fun than a room full of puppies!"

Beach Ball Valley is a timeless, hand crafted, free range, beach ball preserve.
You and your giant pizza peel* hands are invited to spend some time in the sun, batting beach balls, pilling 'em up, and just watching them roam around the countryside.

*(that's what a pizza paddle is officially called I guess)

There's apparently a game mode where you've got one minute to hit them through hoops for points and stuff. That's included in case people don't understand how fun just hitting beach balls around it. It keeps score for about 100 or 200 of your rounds (but doesn't save it!) in case you want to run it at a party and track high scores. Oh, did I mention that if you can use telekinetic powers in it, you can wow your friends?

But wait, there's more! There's a music game where you can tap in a tempo and hit beach balls along with any music you like, and a goalie game where you defend from an avalanche of 50 beach balls!

Since demos usually have many people waiting, we've added keys to play with and alter the world. I'll often let children play with their parents, swarm them with beach balls, and other silly things.

If two paddles & your head isn't enough, equip up to 9 tracker pucks for paddles on your elbows, feet, or anywhere you can affix them. (We do not take responsibility for trackers affixed to your cat.)

Frequently Unasked Questions:

Why pizza peels?

I like pizza. Also, they're great for reach out really far and hitting things. They also hit stuff really hard!

Is there a Beach?

There is not a beach. These are inland meadow beach balls.

Do the beach balls mind being hit?

Every beach ball dreams of flight, and their thick rubbery carapaces are suited for rapid acceleration.

How many beach balls can I have?

Once there are 100 beach balls, scientists believe they could develop a sentient network as well as flight capabilities. They'll head off planet in search of dull worlds in need of fun. The static electricity given off by beach balls may cause a spike in microburst storm systems. Sadly, 1% of beach balls are anti-social, and often leave.

Why are the clouds eating my beach balls?

Fredricko the Cloud believes that due to the non-biodegradable nature of beach balls, it's his duty to clean up after anyone who's made too many beach balls. He's also hungry. He's the one by the small hill, not to be confused with Gerando or Luis.

What's the Difference between seated / standing / roomscale?

Beach Balls come to you. Standing / Room Scale affords a little more space.

How do I get more Beach Balls?

Look at the paddles! They've got buttons everywhere! Push the buttons! Push all the buttons!

Controls:

  • Hit Beach Balls!
  • Look at your hands for tooltips.

  • Trackpads = Spawn more balls. Little tiny arrows show where they'll come from.

  • Menu Button = Play a game!

  • Other Menu Button = Teleport to a new place!

  • Grips = Mind Control

  • Triggers = Show / Hide Desktop Music controls (Spotify, Windows Media Player, Itunes, etc)




Beach Ball Valley uses the Unreal® Engine. Unreal® is a trademark or registered trademark of Epic Games, Inc. in the United States of America and elsewhere.
Unreal® Engine, Copyright 1998 – 2017, Epic Games, Inc. All rights reserved.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 / 8.1 / 10 x64
    • Graphics: nVidia GTX 970
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 6+ Steam VR score.
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