When we first noticed KFC created a weird BioShock-esque VR coaching expertise, we weren’t positive if it was the corporate’s subsequent try at making a model engagement advert, or if KFC actually supposed on utilizing the wacky chicken-frying escape room to coach its workers. While the corporate says they’re truly utilizing the KFC The Hard Way to coach workers, they’ve additionally launched the expertise at no cost on the Oculus Store for Rift—making it rather less away from the corporate’s general intentions.

The goal: escape the clutches of the Colonel by studying the right way to fry hen ‘the arduous approach’. The final final result: do precisely because the Colonel says and also you’ll reside to see that candy $8.35-per-hour paycheck. It’s a fast (and free) expertise, taking lower than 10 minutes to finish, so I popped in for a look-see.

As an escape room, it fails miserably. The Colonel tells you the right way to do just about every part inside just a few seconds of incorrectly fumbling a chunk of hen, and there isn’t a lot to discover past the outlined duties forward. As a much less horrible technique to train workers the essential steps to getting ready and cooking fried hen, effectively, it appears to get the job achieved nonetheless.

Visuals are pretty spectacular, though object interplay and hand presence might positively be higher. I discovered myself swiping at issues simply in attain, my hand passing by them to no avail. When I did seize onto one thing, it will robotically snap to a the specified hand place. This, mixed with the dearth of hand articulation attainable with Touch controllers makes it a much less immersive expertise than I’d hoped getting into. It’s actually extra entertaining than watching an worker coaching video within the again workplace, however that goes for nearly any hands-on exercise although.

laser beams cease you from tossing hen on the ground, picture courtesy KFC

Despite what KFC says, it’s clear its franchises gained’t be putting in a gaming PC and VR headset to really prepare workers utilizing KFC The Hard Way. It merely isn’t complete sufficient, nor does it embrace something quite a lot of duties to show you the right way to fry hen. If you’ve ever labored at a quick meals restaurant, you already know simply what number of codified step-by-step duties there actually are, and this doesn’t scratch the floor of every part required to run a clear and secure restaurant.

Check out my full play-through beneath:

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