Had a stressful day? Why not relax by visiting a tropical beach and listening to the soothing sounds of the ocean.
That’s exactly what Guided Mediation offers; to transport you away from your daily stresses to relax on a tropical beach, listening to the sounds of the sea and the calming voice of your guide. It’s 10 minutes long, and genuinely soothing.
Available for Windows, Mac and Linux, it begins in an ethereal environment of rotating blue and green colours. After tapping the A button on the controller, you swoop forwards into a bright light before finding yourself sitting on a tropical beach. As you re-focus your eyes you’ll spot mountains, trees and beach-side furniture scale and rotate into view, then the calming voice of a woman begins to guide you through the process of relaxing and meditating.
The app takes full advantage of the Oculus Rift, with realistic graphics and a sense of presence that’s uncanny. As you look around to examine the beach you’ll spot fallen coconuts that sit beneath palm trees, and in the distance an old wooden beach hut. The rolling ocean is admittedly dramatic as it sweeps and sways in front of you, but the vivid colours and changing shapes of its surface are mesmerising and almost hypnotic. However, it’s not until you lean back in your chair and look up to see flocks of birds above the trees that the sensation of being on a tropical islands really begins to kick in.
After the 10 minutes are up you begin to slowly float upwards into the sky as the world beneath shrinks away, then the app starts all over again. It’s a nice ending to the demo, but we’d prefer to tap the A button to end a session, or alternatively stay on the beach listening to the sounds of the waves and birds. Nevertheless, Guided Meditation is a genuinely relaxing experience, and a great way to end a stressful day. You can download it from the Cubicle Ninjas website here: http://cubicleninjas.com/guided-meditation-app-oculus-rift/