Category Archives: Best Oculus Games

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

Top 5 Oculus Releases – June 2nd-8th – Of Mice and Men

With all the big news coming out from E3, you might need a break to catch up with the week’s top five Oculus releases slipping in under the radar:

Moss

from Polyarc

Moss - screenshot courtesy Steam
Moss – screenshot courtesy Steam

The winner of multiple awards – including Best VR game at least year’s E3 – Moss is an action adventure involving an adorable mouse in a fantasy world.

Released last year for PSVR and out this week for Oculus Rift, this is a must-play, especially for fans of the Redwall books or comic series like Mouse Guard and Mice Templar.

Oculus Rift | 12 GB | $29.99 from Oculus or from Steam

Astraeus

from E McNeil

Astraeus - screenshot courtesy Steam
Astraeus – screenshot courtesy Steam

E McNeil is quickly developing a reputation for well executed, futuristic strategy games for VR. Astraeus continues that trajectory with minimalist neon graphics and polished RTS mechanics of previous releases like Skylight and Darknet, this time in service of a game about using drone fleets to mine asteroids.

Oculus Rift | 1 GB | $14.99 from Oculus or from Steam

Lila’s Tale

from Skullfish Studios

Lila's Tale - screenshot courtesy Oculus
Lila’s Tale – screenshot courtesy Oculus

Don’t be fooled by the images of dungeons and dragons; Lila’s Tale isn’t an RPG, but rather a beautiful puzzle adventure for mobile VR featuring cleverly designed puzzles, a gorgeous cut-out art style, and a charming story appropriate for all ages.

Oculus Go | 352 MB | $4.99 from Oculus
Gear VR | 352 MB | $4.99 from Oculus

Drops: Rhythm Garden

from Particle Inc.

Drops: Rhythm Garden - screenshot courtesy Steam
Drops: Rhythm Garden – screenshot courtesy Steam

VR is an ideal method of teaching non-musicians about musical concepts, as Drops: Rhythm Garden does with polyphonic rhythm. Use a series of shapes and sounds designed by DJ and remix artist Patrick Russell and avant-garde composer and guitarist Patrick Higgins to create intricate rhythms within a meditative semi-abstract landscape.

Oculus Rift | 500 MB | $6.99 from Oculus or from Steam

Funny Farm

from VRtual Games

Funny Farm - screenshot courtesy Oculus
Funny Farm – screenshot courtesy Oculus

Previously released for Oculus Rift, the pastoral mini-games on offer from Funny Farm seem particularly well-suited to the more casual platform of mobile VR.

Oculus Go | 197 MB | $1.99 from Oculus
Gear VR | 197 MB | $1.99 from Oculus

Top 5 Oculus Releases – May 12th-25th – Ideas in Flight

As we busy ourselves gearing up for this year’s VRTO, here’s a double-sized top five Oculus releases article, covering the past two weeks. Along with a couple of big releases – including an alternate history science fiction offering and a narrative-driven fantasy bow simulator – we’ve also got some lesser known offerings which all happen to revolve around flight to some degree:

Red Matter

by Vertical Robot

Red Matter - screenshot courtesy Oculus
Red Matter – screenshot courtesy Oculus

Set in a research base on one of the moons of Saturn, Red Matter is a puzzle-based adventure game that stands out for both its atmospheric pacing – no jump scares here, just a slowly building tension – and its setting.

Developers Vertical Robot conjure an alternate Cold War environment via Brutalist design and Socialist Realism art that wonderfully compliments the game’s quiet oppressiveness and brings a fresh spin on the “abandoned space station” trope.

Oculus Rift | 3.2 GB | $34.99 from Oculus

SACRALITH: The Archer’s Tale

by Odd Meter

SACRALITH - screenshot courtesy Steam
SACRALITH – screenshot courtesy Steam

Archery simulators are quickly becoming one of the more popular genres for VR, but SACRALITH: The Archer’s Tale is one of the best. Aside from gorgeous graphics and perfectly implemented bow mechanic, developers Odd Meter deliver an experience that can be described as “epic fantasy” without exaggeration.

Oculus Rift | 11 GB | $19.99 from Steam

TSA Frisky

by Out There Entertainment

TSA Frisky - screenshot courtesy Steam
TSA Frisky – screenshot courtesy Steam

Influenced by Job Simulator and originally created as a student project at the Savannah College of Art and Design, TSA Frisky is all but guaranteed to amuse anyone who enjoys the hectic pace of games like Cook! Serve! Delicious! or who has been ever been inconvenienced by air travel.

Oculus Rift | 5 GB | $14.99 from Steam

Drone Hero

from Neuston AB

Drone Hero - screenshot courtesy Steam
Drone Hero – screenshot courtesy Steam

The concept of Drone Hero is simple enough – flying an RC quadcopter drone in VR – but the pitch-perfect flight controls and numerous challenges, from crowded night clubs to heist movie laser security systems, that make this release so compelling.

Oculus Rift | 300 MB | $9.99 from Steam

Ace Phantom

from Vanguard Co.

Ace Phantom - screenshot courtesy Oculus
Ace Phantom – screenshot courtesy Oculus

A beautifully implemented transformer-style mecha flight combat game, Ace Phantom is the closest you can get to living out your Robotech and Macross fantasies in mobile VR.

Oculus Go | 465 MB | $4.99 from Oculus
Gear VR | 465 MB | $4.99 from Oculus