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Soviet Lunapark game featured image courtesy of Steam

Top 5 Oculus Releases – July 21st-28th – Wave Your Hands

VR is wonderful at expanding minds and creating experimental and avant-garde experiences that make us view the world in new ways.

It’s also good for simple fun, and is at happens, this week’s top Oculus Rift releases tend toward the latter rather than the former, taking fairly simple premises – the wave shooter, for example, or simply grabbing and throwing things – and doing interesting things with them.

Soviet Lunapark VR

from Mundfish

Soviet Lunapark game screenshot courtesy Steam
Soviet Lunapark – screenshot courtesy Steam

Yes, it’s a fairly standard wave shooter, but Soviet Lunapark stands out for its attention to detail and unique setting – an alternate history Soviet amusement park overrun by zombies and killer robots.

With cooperative multi-player, dual locomotion modes and four different character classes to try out, it’s also got a lot more interesting game elements than your typical wave shooter.

Oculus Rift | 10 GB | $18.99 from Steam

Marvel Powers United VR

from Sanzaru

Marvel Powers United VR game screenshot courtesy Oculus
Marvel Powers United VR – screenshot courtesy Oculus

The biggest hyped release of the week, Marvel Powers United VR is a wave-based combat game, but with its wide variety of character choices and emphasis on cooperative multi-player, it does an excellent job creating the feeling of the giant battles in movies like The Avengers.

Oculus Rift | 54 GB | $39.99 from Oculus

Baby Hands

from Chicken Waffle

Baby Hands game screenshot courtesy Steam
Baby Hands – screenshot courtesy Steam

One thing VR excels at is offering participants a different perspective, and SXSW Indie Game Award-winning Baby Hands, now out of Early Access, does just that, putting players into the body of a comically destructive toddler.

Oculus Rift | 5 GB | $19.99 from Oculus or from Steam

Throw Anything

from Visual Light

Throw Anything game screenshot courtesy Steam
Throw Anything – screenshot courtesy Steam

Another recent graduate from Early Access, Throw Anything is another simple wave-based game – with zombies, no less! – but its central conceit of throwing whatever you can get your hands on at the undead hordes makes it irresistibly charming. So do its flat-shaded approach to graphics.

Oculus Rift | 2 GB | $11.99 from Steam

Gray

from LightnGames

Gray game screenshot courtesy Steam
Gray – screenshot courtesy Steam

This free horror experience is short but makes up for its brief length with tons of atmosphere and horrors. Think Silent Hill, or better – scarier – yet, Clive Barker’s Nightbreed by way of the Saw films.

Oculus Rift | 2.3 GB | FREE from Oculus

Order Up game screenshot courtesy Steam

Top 5 Oculus Releases – July 6th-20th – From Whimsical to Scary and In-Between

Another two-week list, our top Oculus releases from mid-July include a variety of games for all platforms, from innovative horror games to whimsical puzzles.

GNOG

from KO_OP

GNOG game screenshot courtesy Oculus
GNOG – screenshot courtesy Oculus

Originally released on mobile platforms but now optimized for VR, GNOG is a whimsical and award-winning puzzle game inspired by real-world toy designs.

Combining the surreal playfulness of games like Machinarium – each of its nine levels involves solving puzzles within a giant toy head – with an art style that evokes Loot Rascals as well as contemporary design brands like GAMAGO, this release is tactile enough to feel “real” but so kooky that virtual space is its perfect delivery mechanism.

Oculus Rift | 2 GB | $9.99 from Oculus or from Steam
Oculus Go | 1.03 GB | $4.99 from Oculus
Gear VR | 1.03 GB | $4.99 from Oculus

Stifled

from Gattai Games

Stifled game screenshot courtesy Steam
Stifled – screenshot courtesy Steam

Winning multiple awards at game shows in Asia, Stifled is a stealth horror game that relies on a fairly unique echolocation mechanic: in order to discover your surroundings, you need to make sound using your microphone. The more noise you make, though, the more you broadcast your location to unseen horrors stalking you in the darkness…

This is a cross-platform game that doesn’t have to be played in VR, but the extra immersion makes things all the more terrifying.

Oculus Rift | 6 GB | $19.99 from Oculus or from Steam

NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism

from Hyphen-Labs

NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism game screenshot courtesy Oculus
NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism – screenshot courtesy Oculus

An interactive film combining cyberpunk science fiction with commentary on the African-American experience – and in particular the connection between hair and identity – NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism has been featured at the likes of the Sundance Film Festival, SXSW and the Tribeca Film Festival.

It’s also free on all Oculus platforms, so even if you don’t have an immediate personal connection to the subject matter, there’s no excuse not to check this out.

Oculus Rift | 1.6 GB | FREE from Oculus
Oculus Go | 452 MB | FREE from Oculus
Gear VR | 452 MB | FREE from Oculus

Bring to Light

from Red Meat Games

Bring to Light game screen shot courtesy Steam
Bring to Light – screen shot courtesy Steam

Solve 3D light puzzles a la The Talos Principle as hideous monstrosities stalk you through abandoned subway tunnels in a game that will stress both your brain and your heart rate.

That last bit is literal, by the way – if you’ve got a compatible heart rate monitor, Bring to Light can actually use your heart rate data to adjust the intensity of its scares!

Oculus Rift | 6 GB | $19.99 from Steam

Order Up

from Gambit Games Studio, LLC

Order Up game screenshot courtesy Steam
Order Up – screenshot courtesy Steam

If you’re a fan of the frantic multi-tasking of restaurant simulators and cooking games, Order Up should tickle your taste buds, so to speak.

Adding to the stress of getting your meals put together right and keeping your diners happy, this designed for room scale, so make sure to put on your hairnet – all that running around will have you sweating.

Oculus Rift | $11.99 from Steam

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