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Shoot coffee at caffeine-deprived zombies in Wellington’s goofy VR game

While New Zealand’s capital city is off limits, there’s still a way to get exploring.

With the ‘Welltown’ virtual reality game, travellers can get a hands-on experience with six short interactive encounters across Wellington, the world’s first gamified virtual city.

The game may just be the perfect antidote to isolation, with players given the chance to explore and get active. Or, it may just be a chance to draw Sims comparisons with the characters.

Led by what WellingtonNZ describes as an “outrageous guide”, players can shoot coffee at caffeine-deprived zombies, take an underwater dive in Wellington harbour as a curious whale swims by, or listen to the dawn chorus of birdsong.

See more: Visit Washington, DC during cherry blossom season with a virtual vacation

Players can also busk with a local band on Wellington’s coolest street, stand beneath a starlit sky during Matariki and help people take a leap off a diving platform on Wellington’s waterfront.

An additional section, called ‘Explore More’, also allows users to immerse themselves in some of Wellington’s most iconic experiences with 360 video, including an All Blacks rugby test match and a special glimpse of a Weta Studio Tour at the Oscar-winning Weta Workshop.

The game was released in early 2019, and is now free to download from the Steam and Oculus VR stores.

For those without a VR headset, selected 360 Wellington experiences can be enjoyed at the WellingtonNZ YouTube page.

It comes as New Zealand enters its second week in a month-long national lockdown, which began last Wednesday to arrest the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) across the country.

At time of writing, New Zealand has recorded 647 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 14 people in hospital, including two in intensive care, and one person has died.

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