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Top 5 Oculus Releases – February 24th-March 1st – Scary Monsters and Super Creeps

We know that the expression is “Christmas in July,” but it might as well be “Halloween in March” with this early spring collection of new Oculus releases. From murder mysteries to madness to ravening dinosaurs, this week’s top five Oculus Rift and Gear VR games may well require a change of underwear.

Island 359

from CloudGate Studio, Inc.

Island 359 - screenshot courtesy Steam
Island 359 – screenshot courtesy Steam

A number of games, including the maligned ARK: Survival Evolved, have attempted to bring the Jurassic Park milieu into the VR survival game. So far, Island 359 comes the closest.

Beyond the obvious – beautiful graphics, immersive tropical jungle environments, and freakin’ dinosaurs – this release from CloudGate Studio brings some additional innovations, including “Virtual Self,” a new solution for full-body view in VR, as well as multiple movement and interaction mechanics for a more accessible overall experience.

Oculus Rift | 11 GB | $24.99 from Oculus or from Steam

Galaxy Race

from Magic VR

Galaxy Race - screenshot courtesy Steam
Galaxy Race – screenshot courtesy Steam

With Sprint Vector getting so much attention, this other futuristic racing game fell beneath the radar, but Galaxy Race combines hoverboard racing at breakneck speed with a unique, head-driven motion control mechanic that many players have described as hard to pick up at first but extremely satisfying with a bit of practice.

We also enjoy the cartoon-inspired character designs and the fact that you can throw discs – we call them “death Frisbees,” though that’s probably not their official title – to take out competitors.

Oculus Rift | 2 GB | $14.99 from Steam

A Most Curious Murder

from Simon Hultgren

A Most Curious Murder - screenshot courtesy Oculus
A Most Curious Murder – screenshot courtesy Oculus

A bit like Her Story in VR, A Most Curious Murder is a VR experience within a VR experience, encouraging the player to explore a police station – and the station computer’s VR video recordings – to solve a murder.

The motion detection for locomotion is an interesting idea – it detects head motion from walking in place – that didn’t entirely work for us in practice, but this is still a well-designed free experience for mobile VR users.

Gear VR | 567 MB | FREE from Oculus

Rise of Insanity

from Red Limb Studio

Rise of Insanity - screenshot courtesy Steam
Rise of Insanity – screenshot courtesy Steam

This horror experience from Red Limb Studio was already scaring the pants off of people in Early Access. Set in the ‘70s, Rise of Insanity garners high praise for its VR implementation, well-realized setting, and especially its atmospheric sound design.

Oculus Rift | 10 GB | $9.99 from Steam

Speak of the Devil

from Light Sail VR, LLC

Speak of the Devil - screenshot courtesy Oculus
Speak of the Devil – screenshot courtesy Oculus

An interactive movie with 13 possible endings, Speak of the Devil reminds us of a cross between The Blair Witch Project and the original Evil Dead, which is to say its deliciously frightening in spite of its occasional campy moments.

Gear VR | 1.2 GB | $2.99 from Oculus

Primordian game screenshot courtesy Steam

Top 5 Oculus Releases – Jan. 20th-26th – Other Worlds

After a few slow weeks, the post-holiday dry spell is over. This week’s new Oculus releases are Rift-heavy – sorry, Gear VR players – but offer a variety of out-of-this-world exploration opportunities, from deep space dog fights to underwater base-building:

End Space

from Orange Bridge Studios

End Space game screenshot courtesy Oculus
End Space – screenshot courtesy Oculus

Having started as an arcade shooter for Google Cardboard and then making it to Gear VR, End Space finally makes its way to the Rift. It’s a match made in heaven, and even Gear VR users that have already played it will want this version, since the Rift’s expanded processing power is perfect for rendering the game’s awe-inspiring visions of dazzling deep space battles and awe-inspiring star-scapes.

Essentially a VR expansion into the venerable genre of outer space dog fight simulator, End Space has an advantage over EVE: Valkyrie – the game it most closely resembles – in that it’s a story-driven, single-player campaign, so player-matching and server support won’t arise as potential issues to the immersion factor.

Oculus Rift | 1.6 GB | $19.99 from Oculus


from Unknown Worlds Entertainment

Subnautica game screenshot courtesy Steam
Subnautica – screenshot courtesy Steam

Perhaps this week’s most expansive offering, Subnautica finally swims its way out of Early Access with loads of aquatic environments to explore on an alien water planet. Combining exploration with crafting, you’ll need to keep on your toes – or swim fins, rather – gathering parts and crafting equipment for your undersea station while avoiding the massive predators that hunt beneath the waves.

Though it’s not an exclusively VR-based game, its undersea world really does seem ideal for the medium…though perhaps not for the claustrophobic.

Oculus Rift | 20 GB | $19.99 from Oculus or $24.99 from Steam


from Stonepunk Studios

Primordian game screenshot courtesy Steam
Primordian – screenshot courtesy Steam

Still in Early Access, this ambitious story-driven action game is already getting loads of positive press and Steam reviews. A big part of that is its setting: an intriguing hybrid of science fiction and fantasy with a hint of psychedelia, it looks like the more interesting bits of Avatar with maybe just a touch of Zeno Clash and Frank Frazetta in the mix.

With a single-player campaign already playable and loads more levels on the way, Primordian already looks like a must-have for hardcore VR gamers.

Oculus Rift | 6 GB | $24.99 from Steam

A Handful of Keflings

from NinjaBee

A Handful of Keflings game screenshot courtesy Steam
A Handful of Keflings – screenshot courtesy Steam

The third in a series of casual, family-friendly city-building sims from NinjaBee, this marks the first foray into VR for Kefling-kind. While the titular little creatures themselves might be a little too cloyingly cute for some – they look a bit like garden gnomes – A Handful of Keflings looks like a pleasant and relaxing diversion for VR players needing a break from high-speed space battles, bloody monster-bashing or underwater exploration.

And the perspective – players don’t enter the village directly, but hover over it like a tabletop game – ensures a comfortable experience unlikely to provoke motion sickness even among the most sensitive.

Oculus Rift | 1 GB | $19.99 from Oculus or from Steam

The Perfect Sniper

from Sinn Studio Inc.

The Perfect Sniper game screenshot courtesy Steam
The Perfect Sniper – screenshot courtesy Steam

Inspired by old school cop vs. gangster movies, The Perfect Sniper tasks players with finding and assassinating mob targets in an attempt to take back the streets by any means necessary. Its release has been marred by delays – it was initially pushed back a week, then launched with part of the story campaign missing – but we love the way this looks, combining slightly campy Mafia motifs and frantic car chase scenes with low-poly character models.

Oculus Rift | 15 GB | $16.99 from Steam

Other Noteworthy Oculus Releases

BattleSky VR

from Oh!WHATif Inc.

BattleSky VR game screenshot courtesy Steam
BattleSky VR – screenshot courtesy Steam

BattleSky VR is a multi-player aerial combat game. Just released in Early Access, it only has two characters to choose from, but given that they’re a dragon and a futuristic flying armor suit in the vein of Iron Man…there’s really no way to make a wrong choice. And the flying mechanic is already quite solid, so this is worth picking up even in its current state.

Oculus Rift | 4 GB | $4.99 from Steam

Be sure to check back next week for more news about the latest and greatest Oculus Rift and Gear VR games.

Top 5 Oculus Releases – Jan. 6th-12th – Finding Lost Toys and Punching Robots

Now that the holidays are over – and we highlighted a few of our favorite Oculus releases of 2017 – we’re back to our regular routines, and it’s a little bit of a light week as far as Oculus Rift and Gear VR releases are concerned. Nonetheless, we managed to find a few interesting games and experiences for you to check out as we wait for the first quarter of 2018 to really get started in earnest.

The Lost Bear

from Fabrik Games and Odd Bug Studio

The Lost Bear game screenshot courtesy Oculus
The Lost Bear – screenshot courtesy Oculus

Previously available for Sony PlayStation VR and now making its way to the Rift, The Lost Bear combines tried-and-true 2D platforming with hand-drawn forest landscapes. We’re really impressed by the way the art evokes classic fairy tales – the woods as a place of danger, rather than Disney-style singing animals – but we’re a little worried that its story of a child in search of a lost teddy bear (and pursued by vicious hounds, no less) might be more of a tear-jerker than we can handle.

Oculus Rift | 4 GB | $7.99 from the Oculus Store

Mech League Boxing

from VRGEN

Mech League Boxing game screenshot courtesy Steam
Mech League Boxing – screenshot courtesy Steam

Now out of Early Access, this is Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots gone VR. Beyond the obvious appeal of punching robots in a boxing ring, Mech League Boxing is also quite the physical work-out, and developers VRGEN have leaned into that had, complete with warm-up routines to really get your blood flowing before each match.

Oculus Rift | 4 GB | $9.99 from Steam

The Glen

from Lucid Dreams VR

The Glen game screenshot courtesy WEARVR
The Glen – screenshot courtesy WEARVR

VR meets techno-shamanism in this dreamlike experience driven by the music of Celtic-flavored world music duo Cu Dubh. Dance to the music of drums and bagpipes around a bonfire in a recreated imagining of an ancient ritual.

Oculus Rift | FREE from WEAREVR

EvilCorp Hackball

from Konrad Kowalski

EvilCorp Hackball game screenshot courtesy Oculus
EvilCorp Hackball – screenshot courtesy Oculus

Despite a flimsy premise about hacking into an evil corporation’s database to save the world, EvilCorp Hackball is essentially Marble Madness done as a VR endless runner, and that’s good enough for us!

Oculus Rift | 109 MB | $3.99 from the Oculus Store

Dinosaur Island

from Snatch Game Studios

Dinosaur Island VR game screenshot courtesy Oculus
Dinosaur Island VR – screenshot courtesy Oculus

Yes, it’s a bit of a Jurassic Park rip-off, but we’re legitimately impressed by how good the dinosaurs look, especially for such a small mobile VR game. The shooting looks solid as well, even though – truth be told – we’d rather be shooting dinosaurs with cameras than sniper rifles.

Gear VR | 320 MB | $2.99 from the Oculus Store

Other Oculus News

In other Oculus Rift news, Home users will soon be able to personalize the music playing in the background. Michael Bross – best known for his work on the Oddworld and Ratchet and Clank series soundtracks – has composed nearly an hour of exclusive tracks for Home 2.0.

Also exciting news for Rift gamers: award-winning cyberpunk shooter Raw Data is free to play this weekend, so be sure to check that out.

Be sure to check back next week for the latest Oculus news – the Consumer Electronics Show is taking place this week, and there are sure to be plenty of exciting developments.