Viri opens the door to the sensational world of virtual reality. Experience immersive virtual reality adventures including the Plank, Archery and 60 minutes of a private booth by yourself or with friends. The private booth offers a horde of games such as the fruit ninja, zombies, space pirate games, gladiator sports and so forth.
On a lovely summer evening, we paid a visit to Viri where we were warmly welcomed by Nelson, who is one of the owners of Viri. Nelson was our guide for the evening as he elaborated on the various games and experiences.
One of the highlights of the evening for me was the Plank. When I put on my VR headset, I found myself in a lift which whisked me to the roof of a 50 storied building. With the wind in my hair, eyes revelling in the realistic skyline, I slowly walked on a narrow plank protruding out of the top floor of a skyscraper to face my fear of heights and perform daring tasks. It was truly awe-inspiring.
The Archery game deserves a special mention. The VR world pulled me into an ancient land, where I was compelled to defend a castle from invaders while flaunting my archery skills and shooting invaders. Endorphin levels reached sky-high as I successfully hit targets and scored points. Unlike the real archery games, physical strength is not essential, so you can play with your virtual bows and arrows to your heart's content without draining your strength.
At the private booth, I had tried my hand at various VR games. I played a Space Pirate's game which reminded of sci-fi movies as I shot down alien spaceships while protecting myself with a virtual shield. The Fruit Ninja game allowed me to try my skill at slashing fruits with exotic samurai swords. The Pub Brawl game allowed me to get into a virtual fist fight. I found this game somewhat nauseating due to the dizzying movements. Their interactive Painting game took me to an ethereal world of 3D painting. The Car Racing game was nauseating with the VR headset and turned out to be more enjoyable without the headset as I competed with fellow racers while scoring a 2nd position in the ranking.
While some of the games seemed more advanced than others, the selection of games appeared to cater for almost all age-groups. My friends had a ball with the numerous games on offer. Watching someone with a VR headset fending off virtual enemies or shooting down spaceships is a pleasure to behold.
Viri is a great place to hang out with family, friends and colleagues. For only $35 per person, you can enjoy an 80 minute VR experience including The Plank, Archery and 60 minutes in a private booth. But if you arrive before 5pm, from Tuesday to Thursday, it will only cost you $28. Alternatively, you could play car racing for 15 to 20 minutes for $20. Viri also holds car racing tournaments where you can compete with others for glory and bragging rights.
Viri is a great setting for organising corporate events. Find out more nuggets of information by visiting their website. Make a booking online by clicking here. Bookings are preferred but walk-ins are also welcome.
Conveniently located at 555 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Viri is a stone's throw away from the Southern Cross station. Train is the best way to get to Viri. If you choose to drive, there is paid parking close to the premises. Viri is open from 10am to 10pm from Tuesday to Sunday.