What It Is
Remember the View-Master, that big, red binoculars looking thing with discs with slides that let you experience 3-D slideshows? The next generation is here and it uses Google Cardboard technology to let kids experience 3-D worlds and virtual reality.
The iconic old-school View Master's big orange lever has been replaced with a subtle button that allows you to click on things within the landscape. Included in the Deluxe VR Viewer box is a preview disc. Aim the dot that hovers in front of you at squares on the disc and they come to life. For other discs, snap the QR code on the disc itself. Each additional disc is sold separately.
Is It Fun?
As it was when we were kids, the View-Master Deluxe VR Viewer transports us to new worlds--this time even more so. Rather than slide the reels into the top of the View-Master, you insert your smartphone into the box and simply look at the reel placed in front of you to pick your adventure, after you've downloaded the reel specific app.
We'll be honest. Setup of this bad boy is a little frustrating. There are several downloadable apps in the app store and even though we downloaded the right one, it wasn't immediately apparent on how to use it. We found the instructions lacking in this regard. Once we figured it out, a virtual reality African landscape came to life.
Who It’s For
Kids ages 7 and up will be interested in the View-Master, and it will feel like a learning game for them. although it's not the most exciting experience, it brought us back to yesteryear and reminded us of our favorite View-Master slides. The landscape rotates a full 360-degrees as you move and the details are pretty neat. Kids into more sophisticated video games, however, may not be very impressed.
What To Be Aware Of
The View-Master Deluxe VR Viewer is a fun trip down memory lane, but is a little confusing to get started. Instructions aren't as clear as they could be but once you figure it out, you're fine. The View-Master Deluxe VR Viewer is operated by your smartphone rather than sliding the reels into the frame. The viewer includes the viewer box, instructions, and a reel. There are various packs from View-Master to expand your virtual reality experience and are sold separately.