Category Archives: Best Oculus Games

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

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