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Ace of Banana

Have you ever wanted to shoot monkeys in the face? No, me either, and after the backlash with that Harambe fella, I don’t think I’d openly admit it even if it was at the top of my to-do list. But guess what? I loved shooting monkeys in Ace Banana. Get your bits and bobs out for Harambe all you want, I don’t care.

Let’s back up a little bit. Ace Banana is out now on the PS4 for the PlayStation VR (PSVR) and can’t be played without the pricey headset. It’s a simple game in its concept and execution: you need to defend your precious stash of potassium-rich bananas and stop the paws of those damn dirty apes from taking them away from you. Yes, it sounds a little silly but it’s all good fun. Instead of aiming for the photo-realism and grittiness of other VR games, Ace Banana stands in its own place in the virtual world.

It’s a nice looking game, too, and the visuals were surprisingly crisp and clear. For reference, some games tend to look a little blurred or pixellated on the PSVR. That’s because they’re trying to do so much with the hardware, whereas Ace Banana takes a clean and simple approach to its visual design – and it’s one that pays off.

Your place in the virtual world of Ace Banana is behind a bow that fires all sorts of weaponry. Controls are handled by either using two PS Move wands or the standard DualShock 4 controller. I tried both and found the PS Move option to be the vastly superior option, even if my arms grew tired after 10 minutes of flinging hedgehogs, coins, and rocks at those cheeky monkeys.