Spend this Valentine’s Day with the one you really love. Yes, that’s right, your virtual multi-mouthed alien girlfriend that you can smooch to your heart’s content.
Oculus Rift DK2 owners may well remember Alien Makeout Simulator, a bizarre and hilarious little demo that released on the now-defunct Oculus Share platform back in 2014. Introducing players to the then-new concept of positional tracking, the experience had you lean forward to kiss one of the many set of lips on a googly-eyed extraterrestrial. There were really no words for it other than intimate, atmospheric, and deeply romantic.
Well, it was if you were into this sort of thing…
Fast forward nearly three years and the creators, a group of developers from Rock Band VR studio, Harmonix, have updated the piece to support both the consumer Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The experience has been integrated with room scale VR, and also includes a choice between both female and male aliens now. One’s dressed in a fancy suit while another in a red dress. To be honest, we don’t know which is the man and which is the girl.
There’s even a little minigame to it; you have a set amount of time to kiss as many mouths as possible in order to thrill your suitor. Do well enough and you might even leave with them (not pictured, thank the lord).
You can download it here for free. Make sure to grab it and spend your Valentine’s evening the right way; pretending to kiss an imaginary creature and then maybe looking in the mirror and pretending you’re Captain Kirk. That’s what this holiday is all about, right?
In all seriousness, software designer Mike Mandel explained that the game was originally designed on prototype Valve hardware — which would later form the foundation of the HTC Vive — as part of the 48 hour Boston VR Jam. In a way this is almost a piece of VR history, then.