We have been looking at new children’s gifts for our Christmas Gift Guide and we have come across this virtual reality toy. ReTrak Utopia 360° 4-D Dinosaur Experience. We are not familiar with Virtual Reality Headsets or anything like this, so it was absolutely great to be able to review it.
What is in the Box?
Firstly and most impressively there is the Virtual Reality headset itself, which comes with a cleaning cloth for the lens and an adjustable head strap which uses velcro to maintain its size. The second part of the box is a set of 21 Augmented Reality cards that bring the individual dinosaurs to life when you view them through your smart device’s camera and the Dinosaur 4D+ App. There are only 20 dinosaur cards and one instruction card you need to set the app up. The Dinosaur 4D+ App is compatible with both Android and iOS based devices and is free, quick, and easy to download and install, which is a relief as a lot of these games seem to only be aimed at Apple devices so it is great that this one is Android as well.
Freddie absolutely loves trading cards and Top Trumps so getting cards is always fun, especially when they have dinosaurs on them with key facts.
How does it work?
The virtual reality headset is very easy to use (even for me!) all you do is download the app on your phone (for free on both Android and Apple) you will need the code in the card pack to do this. You put the headset on (again which was easy and it fit Freddie perfectly) and slot your phone in the front. The dinosaurs then come to life right in front of your very eyes, the first time it did it I actually jumped back as I have never experienced anything like this before, Freddie who is only 7 completely took it in his stride like it was normal!!
However, you do not need this to have the headset to have fun, after putting my android phone in the VR headset we downloaded the app on the IPad and had even more fun. We got the dinosaurs walking on the dining table which was absolutely awesome.
I am not sure who enjoyed this the most Freddie or my husband! We preferred it actually without the headset as we found you could bring more to life at the same time, and getting them walking on the table was more impressive than just seeing them up close and personal on the headset.
What did we think of the 4D+ Utopia 360° Dinosaur Experience?
As it was my first experience of virtual reality I was absolutely fascinated with it, I don’t even go to the cinema with the 3D glasses as I find it a little bit bizarre. We really enjoyed it, I was expecting the dinosaurs to be a little more scary if I am honest, but I think that might have scared Freddie a little if a dinosaur was to roar in his face. It is so hard to find educational and fun gifts for kids and I think this was a perfect gift.
This can be purchased from Shopping Nation for £29.99. I think this is well worth the money and would recommend it.
** We were kindly sent this from My Retrak for free in return for an honest review.**