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Top 5 Oculus Releases – June 23rd-July 7th – Summer Funny

What with the massive summer sales on Steam and Oculus alike, it was actually a slow couple of weeks for new releases. That said, we’ve got plenty of interesting new Oculus releases to amuse you and help you celebrate the summer:

Camp Grizzly

from Blacksmith Studios

Camp Grizzly game screenshot courtesy Steam
Camp Grizzly – screenshot courtesy Steam

What’s summer without camping? In this darkly comedic game from Blacksmith Studios, play a counselor charged with protecting four young campers from a roaming grizzly bear.

Requiring quick reflexes – players must keep the campers entertained while also keeping the campfire fed with firewood – Camp Grizzly is an entertaining new take on the frantic multi-tasking and time management genre with a unique setting perfect for those of us who like the idea of camping more than the reality of sleeping on the ground.

Oculus Rift | $7.99 from Steam

FINSummerVR

from Team Mons

FinSummerVR game screenshot courtesy Steam
FinSummerVR – screenshot courtesy Steam

An altogether gentler affair, FINSummerVR doesn’t involved bears, just a grouchy elderly gentleman.

Literally a simulator of a lazy summer day in rural Finland, this release includes visits to the sauna and the lake, and is narrated in Finnish with English subtitles. Tuo on mahtavaa!

Oculus Rift | 300 MB | $9.99 from Steam

Catify VR

from VR Studio

Catify VR game screenshot courtesy Steam
Catify VR – screenshot courtesy Steam

If even lazy summer days in Finnish villages sound like too much outdoor activity, perhaps you’d prefer a Parisian apartment?

Catify VR puts players in the shoes…or paws, rather…of a house cat, so if just lounging around fails to entertain, there’s also the option of clawing up the furniture.

Oculus Rift | 1 GB | $4.99 from Steam

Rise of Insanity – Episode II

from Red Limb Studio

Rise of Insanity - Episode II game screenshot courtesy Oculus
Rise of Insanity – Episode II – screenshot courtesy Oculus

The second episode in this ongoing series once again stands out not only for its unsettling imagery, but its perfectly immersive 1970s setting. Rise of Insanity continues to stand out as one of the best horror games in mobile VR.

Oculus Go | 1.8 GB | $3.99 from Oculus
Gear VR | 1.8 GB | $3.99 from Oculus

Remembering

from Monobanda

Remembering game screenshot courtesy Oculus
Remembering – screenshot courtesy Oculus

A meditative journey with abstract washes of color, sound and imagery, Remembering is the kind of artistic experience VR excels in providing, as well as an experiment by its creators in the way sound affects bodily perception.

Oculus Rift | 275 MB | $1.99 from Oculus

Carly and the Reaperman game feature image

Top 5 Oculus Releases – June 16th-22nd – Cross-Platform Fun with Friends

This week’s top releases for Oculus feature cross-platform compatibility, multi-player fun or both. Grab a friend and explore the underworld, loose some arrows at monsters or sit down for a nice game of chess.

Carly and the Reaperman – Escape from the Underworld

from Odd Raven Studios

Carly and the Reaperman game screenshot courtesy Steam
Carly and the Reaperman – screenshot courtesy Steam

Carly and the Reaperman – Escape from the Underworld is a cleverly designed puzzle platformer for two players. One guides a human in standard 2D, while the other players the role of the Reaperman, a friendly skeleton who helps guide the action in VR.

While some players will no doubt be a bit disappointed by the lack of a single-player mode – though that’s apparently coming soon – we’re totally charmed by the approach and the care that went into the puzzle design, which requires both quick thinking and quick reflexes.

We love the graphical approach Odd Raven Studios took with this game, as well. With its neon accent colors and the looming skull of the Reaperman, it’s a bit like vintage cyberpunk with a hint of goth, but more cute and than creepy.

Oculus Rift | 4.3 GB | $24.99 from Oculus or from Steam

QuiVr

from Bluteak

QuiVr game screenshot courtesy Steam
QuiVr – screenshot courtesy Steam

Now out of its lengthy Early Access, one of VR’s more prominent and polished archery games stands out for multiple reasons.

QuiVr offers a drop-in, drop-out multi-player mode and a scaling difficulty system, which makes it a great option for VR newcomers and veteran players.

It also boasts a colorful, neon-tinged graphical approach that makes for a memorable and appealing alternative to the usual dingy earth tones of most fantasy games.

Oculus Rift | 5 GB | $19.99 from Steam

Social Club VR: Casino Nights

from Perilous Orbit

Social Club VR: Casino Nights game screenshot courtesy Steam
Social Club VR: Casino Nights – screenshot courtesy Steam

Standing out for its social and multi-player optimization, Social Club VR: Casino Nights is also noteworthy for the sheer number of games on offer.

Recognizing that not everyone loves simulated gambling, developers Perilous Orbit have also included chess, backgammon and even a shooting gallery.

Between that and the fact that they’re working on a cross-platform mode for non-VR users, this could potentially become a big player in the VR social space.

Oculus Rift | 6.3 GB | $19.99 from Oculus or from Steam

Kona VR

from Parabole

Kona VR game screenshot courtesy Steam
Kona VR – screenshot courtesy Steam

A haunting mystery game with survival elements, Kona draws much of its strength from its setting in remote Quebec in the 1970s and its soundtrack by French-Canadian rock act CureLabel.

As players attempt to solve a murder, they’ll contend with bone-chilling temperatures and hints of supernatural horror.

While the game itself was released last year, the new VR implementation integrates both modes, allowing players to continue previous games in VR.

Oculus Rift | 5 GB | $19.99 from Oculus or $20.98 from Steam (VR upgrade $5.99)

Star Drone

from Beatshapers

Star Drone game screenshot courtesy Oculus
Star Drone – screenshot courtesy Oculus

Originally released for Sony PSVR, Star Drone is an unexpected but addictive blend of space shoot-’em-up action, exploration and pinball.

Its simultaneous release on all Oculus platforms gives both Rift and mobile players alike the chance to experience the technicolor action.

Oculus Rift | 407 MB | $3.99 from Oculus
Oculus Go | 378 MB | $3.99 from Oculus
Gear VR | 378 MB | $3.99 from Oculus

Budget Cuts game feature image courtesy Steam

Top 5 Oculus Releases – June 9th-15th – Sneaking and Watching

Stealth and murder are the watchwords for this week’s best Oculus releases, so solve murders, work your way through puzzles, and hide from robots with our top picks:

Budget Cuts

from Neat Corporation

Budget Cuts game screenshot courtesy Steam
Budget Cuts – screenshot courtesy Steam

The biggest release of the week, Budget Cuts combines stealth, robots and a satirical portrayal of corporate capitalism that reminds us a bit of Job Simulator with a side order of Sir, You Are Being Hunted.

Sneak around office environments while dodging the watchful eyes of the android H.R. department. Clever setting and obvious business world metaphors aside – the phrase “office drone” has never been quite so literal – Neat Corporation has created a solid stealth combat game for room scale VR.

Oculus Rift | 6.6. GB | $29.99 from Oculus or from Steam

Dead Body Falls

from Black River Studios

Dead Body Falls game screenshot courtesy Oculus
Dead Body Falls – screenshot courtesy Oculus

An excellent interactive story from Black River Studios, developers of last year’s thoughtful, science fiction-themed Angest, this murder mystery told from multiple perspectives is compelling and atmospheric with just a touch of David Lynch-inqpired weirdness.

Dead Body Falls is also totally free, so mobile VR users have no excuse whatsoever not to visit its haunted hotel hallways.

Oculus Go | 461 MB | FREE from Oculus
Gear VR | 46 MB | FREE from Oculus

Orb Labs, Inc.

from Next Friday Interactive

Orb Labs, Inc. game screenshot courtesy Steam
Orb Labs, Inc. – screenshot courtesy Steam

A futuristic stealth and puzzle game, Orb Labs, Inc. cleverly combines its puzzle-solving mechanic – throwing “orbs” to redirect and avoid laser defense systems – with its movement system to create an experience perfectly suited for VR.

Oculus Rift | 8 GB | $8.99 from Steam

Gunheart

from Drifter Entertainment

Gunheart game screenshot courtesy Steam
Gunheart – screenshot courtesy Steam

Now out of Early Access, Gunheart is an expansive multi-player action RPG. With its ugly aliens, multiple weapon modifications and high-speed combat – both co-op and PVP – it reminds us a little of Borderlands for VR.

Oculus Rift | 4 GB | $29.99 from Oculus or from Steam

My RC Buggy! VR

from Chun Y.

My RC Buggy! VR game screenshot courtesy Steam
My RC Buggy! VR – screenshot courtesy Steam

A low-priced RC car racing simulator from a one-man development project, My RC Buggy! VR stands out for its realism – customizing and assembling your cars part by tiny part is just as much a part of the experience as actually racing them.

Oculus Rift | 550 MB | $0.99 from Steam