The best VR games 2018: The games that make the most of your Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or PlayStation VR
Best VR games on Gear VR and Daydream VR
Gear VR (£7.99)
Set in a neon-soaked neo-noir future, Augmented Empire is an intriguing turn-based strategy game with a contextual one-button approach to gameplay. Playing in a similar way to Xcom: Enemy Unknown, stages take place on a diorama-like setting and battles occur in the same environments used for storytelling. It’s an intriguing approach to design and one that works wonderfully as it allows for immersive play without any of the discomforts associated with long VR gameplay sessions.
Gunjack 2: End of Shift
EVE: Gunjack was a mobile VR arcade experiment developed by CCP games as a way to test the potential for the likes of Gear VR and Google Daydream. Gunjack 2: End of Shift evolves upon the original’s premise of being a gun operator on a huge spaceship. It’s still great fun to play and, if you’ve not got access to Google Daydream, it’s still worth picking up the prequel.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Working in exactly the same way as on PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes takes the multiplayer-focused VR chaos to your mobile. It’s just as superb, and can now be taken absolutely anywhere!
Be prepared to swear and get very frustrated. Damnfields is a great free puzzle-cum-platformer where you simply have to guide a dot through a tight and twisty series of levels using nothing but your gaze. Think of it as a wire-test game for your head.
Gear VR (£4.49)
From the creators of the brilliant and beautiful Escher-esque puzzler Monument Valley, Land’s End is a story-driven puzzler that encourages you to explore your environment to solve its secrets. Ustwo Games’ Land’s End takes place in a dreamlike barren landscape and, to help deal with nausea, it only requires your gaze to solve puzzles and move around your environment. It may sound rather obtuse but trust us, Land’s End is the artistic puzzle game your Gear VR is crying out for.
On paper, Twilight Pioneers sounds like it just can’t work in VR. It’s a first-person action RPG where you fight one-on-one with big bosses and navigate your way around the environment through teleportation. Oh, and it’s only available on Daydream. In reality, however, it’s great fun. You might feel a bit disoriented at first, but for a free VR game, there’s plenty of polish here to make it a worthwhile addition to your VR library.
Untethered is a tough title to categorise. Think of it less like an adventure game and more like a radio play that’s taking place around you. Using your own voice, and a laser pointer to interact with objects, you unravel the mystery of what’s happening within the confines of a sleepy coastal town in Oregon. It’s a great showcase for what can be done with VR for storytelling purposes, even if voice recognition currently only recognises English.
Minecraft: Gear VR Edition
Gear VR (£4.99)
It’s Minecraft but in VR. What more could you want?