Turn your movie idea into reality in real-time with Puppet Play. Using your own movement in VR, quickly and easily animate a wide variety of characters (not only puppets) and props to realize any idea in minutes.
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Positive (27) - 92% of the 27 user reviews for this software are positive.
Release Date:
Dec 16, 2021

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Note: This Early Access software is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to use this software in its current state, then you should wait to see if it progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We want to make animating as easy as possible to allow everyone to turn their creative vision into reality. VR is still a relatively new medium and we need your feedback to realize our goal! With your input, we can shape the future of our tool in terms of characters, themes, and interactions. So go ahead and tell us what hinders your creative process!”

Approximately how long will this software be in Early Access?

“Around 2 years. The current version has all major features and is fully usable, but there are many things I want to improve and add. I currently can't work on this project full time, so updates will take their time! Depending on the feedback from you guys, it might take a few months more or less! :)”

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

“We plan to improve the systems that were already implemented from the start with your feedback as well as to add new tools and animatable types in order to create the best animation workflow possible. We will also work on more 3D puppets and ways to further customize them to your liking!”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“All major features are included in the first release version. These include animating, recording audio, motion capture, remote control, export as video, fullbody IK systems as well as a wide variety of assets!”

Will this software be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Yes, once the full version of the game is released, the price will increase.”

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

“Your feedback is the main reason we do this. Whatever you have, please let us know. For now, the best place to reach us is the Community Hub here on Steam! We appreciate all the feedback we get. Early access allows us to edit and improve our tool with the help of you guys!”
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About This Software

You have the idea, we have everything else!

TL;DR: Turn any idea into a movie in minutes! No prior experience required!

Grab an object → press record → move it around & repeat!
No need to watch hours of tutorials before getting into the action! Easy and straightforward to use with unique tools designed for VR that make animating fast, easy and fun! With Puppet Play EVERYONE can animate!

Choose from a large selection of characters, props, items & sets! Combine anything to create whatever you can think of!

Import custom sound files (mp3) & images (jpg, png) simply by drag and drop! Images can be attached to Puppets, like items, so they follow their movement!
More import options are planned for the future (3D objects, Sets & of course characters!)

Animating is not your thing? Then why don't you just become the puppet? Motion Capture (Mocap) can be used on all humanoid characters.

Move puppets over large distances! And have you ever tried to animate the hands after the body is already moving quickly? Trust me, its a pain! Use remote control to .... remote control limbs!

Once your movie is complete you can simply export it as a normal video (mp4) and share your masterpiece with everyone! Honestly can't wait to see what you will create :)

Puppet Play is being developed by a team of freshly graduated students from Hochschule Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. Puppet Play started as a semester project in the study "Animation and Game" at the campus.

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 64 bit
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GTX 1070
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • VR Support: SteamVR
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 64 bit
    • Processor: Six Core 4 Ghz +
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: RTX 2060
    • Storage: 4 GB available space

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