When we talk about VR we have to start writing proper names. On this occasion we are talking about a title that comes under the Vertigo Games label, which is gradually becoming a distributor to be considered in the VR sector. Today we have Traffic Jams, the traffic control video game, a fantasy developed in Holland by the team at Little Chicken Game Company. If you’ve always wanted to be a cop but shooting isn’t your thing… Traffic Jams is the game for you.

The premise is simple. We’re a rookie “traffic controller” (to call it something) who starts in a small town and checks, well, that there are no accidents. Above. Denis will be our teacher, a little character who pretends to be the fucking chief of traffic control. A mix of arrogance and tutoring that has personality, adding a dash of humor to this hilarious title.

As said, we start in Gouda, where we will hardly have any problems, a few crossings, cars in two directions and pedestrians more or less in the same direction. Our (main) goal will be to be fair and respect the patience of drivers (which the police don’t do when you’re taking your kids to school). We’ll have to dodge or stop whoever we deem appropriate through a few gestures to avoid the accident. All you have to do is point at the pedestrian or vehicle with one hand and make the “come on” gesture with the other, i.e. palms up and shake. Nothing more and I wish it was just that.

The thing will evolve and pass various leading cities in the world. From Paris to Tokyo, through New York. Within each we have several “difficulties” spread across day, night and rush hour (like Jackie Chan). Each of them is significantly different. For example, at night zombies will come to smack their noses (typical) and at rush hour there will be quite a significant amount of traffic.

Otherwise, like any self-respecting arcade, the game progresses. Depending on the goals we complete we will get a higher score which, once reasonable, will unlock the next level. This is where I have to say it gets a bit confusing.

For example, it will not be enough to beat the level and get a minimum of points (which nobody tells you), but we must also find Denis, hit a certain pedestrian with an object in question (sausage man with ketchup), complete the level without one accident… and another series of “bullshit” that honestly downplays what’s cool and really funny. Control the traffic.

Still, the game is wonderful. Again the magic of VR. Stand up, observe and direct with two simple movements. It leads to a great skill and anger management game. It’s a pleasure when you put on the helmet and start riding. Time flies and the only thing that will stop you is the visual fatigue that virtual reality creates.

It also has an odd multiplayer mode that, without being extremely good, works well. To play it you need a mobile phone and a loved one (or not). Basically, one player puts on a helmet to control traffic and another randomly launches vehicles and pedestrians. The goal is to “fuck” the controller as much as possible, which gives really funny moments. Things get better as more players offer to play a maximum of four.

Despite everything, I think that the title gets a bit lost along the way, that is, it tries to take the gameplay a step further than the simple arcade, including the challenges mentioned above, as well as crazy moments. In Tokyo, for example, it will come as no surprise that Godzilla seemingly destroys everything in its path, making the “no accidents” goal much more difficult. And those moments aren’t bad at all, but they make me less competitive. If it were limited to traffic management, I think it would be a better game. Or at least if those moments were nothing more than elements that cause trouble. That said, there should be a barrier between progressing towards unlocking levels and simply completing them. The lines are too blurred here and it takes some effort to beat the requirements of some levels.

But if there’s anything I could criticize about this title (which is essentially pretty good). It’s the graphics area, all of this, being aware that we’re in VR, where the graphics quality is always in the background. So my rejection is more due to its artistic part, a cartoon style that works like a movie in the city designs but is terrible in the characters. They seem to have slipped out of a first-year 3D modeling project.

For the rest and in closing, Traffic Jams strikes me as a hilarious, challenging game, a contemporary Angry Birds that makes us wish we had a while to just put our helmets on and enjoy. Also, we can’t forget about the party game atmosphere that the multiplayer gives you. If you are in the mood for something new in VR and that is original, today I can recommend you something better.