Virtual reality gaming is growing at a rapid pace, and there are a few big VR platforms. Unfortunately, development in the mobile VR space has come to a screeching halt. With the end of Google Daydream and Google Cardboard, the only mobile VR platform left is the Samsung Gear VR. If you have a Daydream View or Cardboard headset and a compatible smartphone, there are a few games worth checking out. Most of this list of the best VR games you can play will be options for the Gear VR though, that can be downloaded from the Oculus Store.
Samsung Gear VR
- These are our top five picks for the Samsung Gear VR. These games aren’t in the Play Store like Daydream or Cardboard, but rather the Oculus Store. You can check out our whole list here!
Along Together is an adorable adventure game in VR. You play as an imaginary friend to a couple of kids. Their dog goes missing and you help and defend them along the way. The characters move around the game map with your assistance. You do stuff like move various elements so they can continue walking along. In addition, the simple controls and colorful graphics make for a very positive gaming experience. Plus, it’s a good game for kids. The game runs for $9.99 and that’s a bit expensive, but we have no real complaints with this one. Good luck finding Rishu!
Price: $6.99 with in-app purchases
Minecraft VR is another extremely popular and extremely good VR game. It plays basically like the normal Minecraft game except it’s in virtual reality. You can still mine, build, farm, fish, and all of the other fun little activities you normally can. The VR aspect doesn’t change the game that much. It’s the same old Minecraft you already know and love. The only real difference is being able to look around in virtual reality instead of with a joystick. It does support 3D audio, though, and we thought that was pretty cool. It even costs the same as the mobile version of Minecraft at $6.99. This is also kid-friendly. Some people have reported bugs, though, so keep an eye out for those.
Smash Hit VR
Smash Hit VR is a virtual reality version of one of our favorite infinite runners. Smash Hit VR is a first-person runner with some shooting elements. You run forward infinitely much like any endless runner. However, the game tosses various glass panes in your way. You look at them with head-tracking and shoot metal balls at them to break the panels. You have a life total that depletes whenever you throw a ball or hit a glass pane. It’s game over if you run out of balls. The game relies mostly on head tracking for camera movement. Given that the game moves constantly, it can get a little tiresome after a while. Otherwise, this is among the best infinite runner experiences in VR along with games like Temple Run VR.
Virtual Virtual Reality
Virtual Virtual Reality one of the most popular and highly-rated games in the Oculus Store. It’s a narrative-driven adventure game with some puzzle game elements. You play in a restricted world run (and transformed) by artificial intelligence. The AI gives you a bunch of extra stuff to do because you’re a human and that’s what humans need. However, players quickly catch on to the farce. You can play the mini-games or break from the pattern and try to reclaim their own humanity. It’s almost like Portal, Wall-E, and the Matrix all mixed together, and it’s easily one of the most satisfying games on all of the Gear VR (and Oculus) platform. We strongly recommend it.
The Well is the second game on this list by Turtle Rock Studios. This is a rare RPG for the Gear VR platform. It plays like a next-generation jRPG. It features turn-by-turn combat, massive dungeons to explore, gear and loot to find, and a story to play through. Players recruit allies and level them up, survive enemy encounters, and defeat the Tesh before they destroy the world. It’s nice to see the slower, more relaxing jRPG style represented in something as advanced as virtual reality and we’re certainly glad for it. After all, not everything has to be a sensory overload, right? Relaxing is fine too. Some have complained about the controls and the textures, but honestly, we couldn’t see any problems with them. It’s a big game and a positive overall experience.
End Space is one of the older Gear VR games on the list, but is still one that consistently tops the charts. You pilot a space ship, fly around expansive space environments, and dog fight with other fighters. Massive explosions, a fun cockpit-style HUD, and even a bit of a story make for a great game. It uses the motion controller on the Gear VR to excellent effect and players get several different weapons to choose from. This is an action shooter that should please many. It is fast and quite intense, though, so those who like slower games may want to pass on this one.
- Google Daydream is the newest VR platform right now. It’s new to the party, so the gaming isn’t quite up to par just yet. We have a whole list of great Google Daydream games here!
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 that also defuses bombs. The game also 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.
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. It’s best to think of it as a big fair or carnival or sorts. You wander around in virtual reality and enjoy yourself. Optionally, you can make some elephant ears for a more sensory accurate experience. Anyway, 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 also kid friendly. It’s free to download and check out.
Google Cardboard (and similar VR headsets)
- Google Cardboard is one of the oldest VR platforms. However, its simple nature prevented it from having the kind of AAA gaming that you see on something like the Oculus and HTC Vive. In any case, you can check out the rest of our list here!
Voxel Fly VR
Price: Free / $3.99
Voxel Fly VR is an endless runner title that puts the thrill of the run right in your face. In this game, you’ll be flying through an endless city while avoiding traffic and various obstacles to see how far you can go. It has leaderboards so you can compare with friends to see who can make it the furthest. You’ll also get various difficulty modes, a 2D mode (if you want to play without the VR headset), support for game pads along with various control schemes, achievements, and support for a wide variety of Cardboard variants. That’s a pretty good list of features for a Google Cardboard VR game in 2019. It’s fairly intense which makes it a great experience for VR and it’s completely free to play.
Whispering Eons is one of the few good free Google Cardboard games. It’s an adventure game with space opera and puzzle elements. Players move and interact with various elements of the game world to solve puzzles, talk to people, and figure out the story. The cut scenes are actually quite good and the game play is above average. It’s only about an hour-long, though, so don’t expect to spend weeks and weeks with this one. However, it’s difficult to complain much about a free VR game. It works best with Google Cardboard and similar VR headsets. However, there is an optional 3D mode to play without one as well. This is about as good as it gets for a free VR game.
If we missed any great VR games for any platform, tell us about it in the comments! You can also click here to check out our latest Android app and game lists!