Price: Free to play
Avakin Life is a simulation game where you create your own little life. It’s a 3D game with virtual reality elements. Google Daydream’s site lists it as Daydream compatible as well. You dress up your little avatar, customize it how you want, and chat with other players. It’s a simple game, but it’s also quite large. You can even design things like your home. It’s almost like The Sims, but with VR elements. It has a freemium price tag, but everything else about the game is fun.
Bait is a fishing game for Daydream. It provides a calm, relaxing environment where you can catch fish. The mechanics are simple enough to grasp. It really feels like the developers focused more on the overall experience rather than challenge of complexity. Your main goal is to catch as many fish as possible. There are also people nearby to talk to. There are five different lakes to fish, each with its own lineup of fish to catch. It’s a bit pricey at $7.99, but fishing fans should feel right at home. There are also no in-app purchases. It’s one of the better Daydream games.
Battle Planet is a VR action shooter. The basic premise is that you’ll be defending a micro planet from a nearly endless onslaught of bad guys. You’ll be armed with a gun along with a robot. The robot helps defuse bombs. It features tons of bad guys, boss fights, and various power weapons and upgrades. You lose the game if your planet explodes. It’s one of the most expensive Daydream games at $10.99, but those who have tried it have had only good things to say so far.
Blade Runner: Revelations
Blade Runner: Revelations sets itself between two of the movies. You play as Detective Harper on the hunt for a rogue replicant. The game features a little over three hours of game play, an original soundtrack, and tons of Blade Runner references for fans of the series. The game is a little short for its price tag. However, fans of the series should enjoy it quite a bit.
Claro is an atmospheric puzzle game. Your job is to move the sun around in order to help the plants in the level grow. There are 38 levels in total, including an expansion from last December. Each level has its own set of challenges to help keep you engaged. It won’t make your pulse race or anything like that. Its main goal is to help you relax while you figure out the puzzle. That means it’s also family friendly. It’s relatively inexpensive and there are no in-app purchases. It’s one of the must-have Google Daydream games.
Death Horizon VR is a fairly competent FPS shooter. Its set in an apocalyptic future with a huge zombie outbreak. You run around, shoot zombies, and survive the horde. The graphics and controls for this one are actually not half bad. The VR is used well here and the game is surprisingly intense. Like most VR games, it’s not the longest game we’ve ever played. That said, it runs for $4.99 with no in-app purchases or freemium elements. It’s not a bad way to spend an afternoon.
Dr. Splorchy Presents Space Heroes
Dr. Splorchy Presents Space Heroes is an interesting and funny Daydream game. It’s from the same minds that brought us Rick and Morty. The game itself is mostly shooter with a narrative story line about disabling a weapon of mass destruction. It’s not a huge game and there is only one room to play. The entertainment value comes from other parts of the game. This is only for Daydream devices so don’t think you can play it on just your phone.
Eclipse: Edge of Light
Eclipse: Edge of Light is one of the more colorful Google Daydream games. It’s a mix between adventure and puzzle genres. Players explore a planet with a relic they found. The game has a little over three hours of game play along with an original soundtrack. The head movement is a little weird, but you get used to it after a bit. Otherwise, it’s a pleasant VR experience all around. We don’t know if it’s worth $8.99, but the game itself is good.
Horizons is a VR rhythm game. You use the Daydream controller to control the music. The music you play controls the massive void of colors that you see. It’s an enjoyable visual and audio experience. The developers heavily recommend using headphones to get the most immersive experience. Some have experience some bugs. However, it is an entirely free game so it’s easy to look passed them. On the downside, it’s not one of the more complex Daydream games out there. It’s really good for a bit, but eventually you’ll want something more.
Hunters Gate is a third person shooter for Daydream. Your goal will be to defend yourself from a demon invasion. You’ll have a choice between two characters (Forge and Payne). You’ll have various things to upgrade and power up to help you survive as long as possible. Perhaps the best feature is its local multiplayer mode. You can play with a friend over your WiFi connection and take on the horde together. It’s $5.99, but there are no in-app purchases. It’s one of the better Daydream games for households with multiple devices.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a cooperative puzzle game. It’s also one of the best multiplayer Daydream games out there. One player will try to diffuse the bomb. The other players will have documents they have to sift through in order to give the proper instructions on making the bomb not blow up. It’s challenging and a lot of fun when you have a bunch of players. The only downside is that’s rather expensive. However, those who have played the game will tell you that it’s worth it.
Moatboat is a goofy little arcade game for Google Daydream. It also has some of the most unique mechanics of any game on this list. You ask the game for various things and the game adds them to your little world. For instance, you can ask the game for sheep, make them eat grass, and then make them jump over fences. There is no way to win this game, you simply goof around until you are content. It’s entirely free with no in-app purchases or ads and that makes it one of the best free Daydream VR experiences available.
Twilight Pioneers is an action RPG game. In fact, it was the only one we could find for Google Daydream. It’s a first-person ARPG that uses Daydream’s head tracking to let you look around and beat up bad guys. It includes boss fights, a story line, and your usual array of RPG elements. There are some character customizations as well, although not many. The mechanics are simple so as not to confuse you much while playing. It’s also a free download and probably among the best free Daydream games. Give it a shot.
Virtual Virtual Reality
Virtual Virtual Reality is one of the first truly great Google Daydream games. It’s a puzzle game with a quirky story and a decent amount of content. You get a little over three hours of game play, over 50 virtual realities to explore, and, at some point, you get yelled at by an artichoke. There’s an element of dark humor in this one and it draws a few parallels to games like Portal. If you don’t get any other game on this list, get this one.
Price: Free / $3.99
Wonderglade is a beautifully done VR game for Google Daydream. It takes place in a theme park and it’s actually a bunch of mini-games packaged into one. The games are a mix of puzzle, racing, and arcade style games. There is even a mini-golf game. As you play, you’ll earn tickets that you can use to unlock items to re-use in the mini-games. It’s nothing super deep or complex. However, it’s a good little collection of games to kill an afternoon. It’s free to download and check out.
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