Imagine yourself inside a lift and then taken to the top of a skyscraper. Then the lift door opens, and you are instructed to walk to the end of the plank to get an aerial view of Hyderabad. You again step back into the lift, and with open doors, you experience a sudden fall to the ground. Imagine all this happening with your feet firm on the ground and no safety harness! WOAH! If you wonder how this is possible, the answer is Virtual Reality (VR). VR zones offer a closer to reality experience in the virtual world through different games. And combine this with Irani coffee or chai and yummy appetizers, and your weekend is all set. This is what the city's very own VR Game Café at Kondapur has set to achieve.
With ten different VR sets available and five to six tables, the café has gained traction in the last few months. It offers around 30 VR games for its visitors, from basic kids or teenage games to advanced games involving boxing, cricket, and motor racing. A cozy little cricket ground, a boxing ring, and a racing car provide the perfect set-up for the games.
Satishchandra Goud Aily, who runs the café along with his wife, Naga Shalini Aily, says that they stayed in America for five years, and there they saw VR cafes where folks from all age groups could enjoy an adventurous weekend without stepping out of a closed space. When they came back to India, they observed that not many such VR experience zones existed. Initially, they wanted to have only a VR experience zone. But later, they thought of combining it with a café, and that's how VR Game Café was born.
For first-time visitors, the café offers a free experience which is for about 15 minutes, and it charges Rs 350 for 30 minutes and Rs 600 for one hour of gaming. From offering simple brain teasers to shooting games to motor racing games, the place offers something for everyone.
In terms of food, the cafe offers a variety of cold and hot drinks along with some starters, and the star is their in-house Irani chai.