7 Best Apps for Google Daydream

A man sits, with a grey Daydream View headset on his face.

Google Daydream is a headset built to let you enjoy everything that VR has to offer, all by using your phone to power it. To put it more simply, Daydream View is Google's VR headset, and it's run by using a compatible phone. You just toss your phone into the headset, put it on, and go on an adventure only VR can offer.

From watching your favorite shows and movies to watching 360-degree videos, to games that transport you to space, there are plenty of awesome games and apps to explore. We've collected seven of the best for you right here.

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Netflix VR: Watch Your Shows in VR

A coffee table sits in front of a screen that says Netflix.

What We Like

  • Binge all your favorite shows and catch up without spoiling the action for anyone else in the house.

  • Feels like you're in a comfortable room watching movies.

What We Don't Like

  • Watching more than an episode or two at a time can strain your eyes.

  • Doesn't have some of the features that are in the regular Netflix app.

  • Can't download shows to watch offline.

Who doesn't love binging their favorite show on Netflix? Whether you're checking out the newest comedy special, or your favorite show from years ago, Netflix is overflowing with content.

With Daydream View you can sit back, relax and enjoy your favorite shows without any interruptions. While we don't suggest bingeing an entire season in one sitting, it is a great way to relax and escape the real world for a little while.

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Darknet: Hack Your Way to Riches

A grid decorated in colors, one of the puzzles you need to solve in Darknet.

What We Like

  • A fun puzzle game with lots of moving parts.

  • Difficulty level increases gradually.

  • Fun gameplay and good soundtrack.

  • Lots of replay value.

What We Don't Like

  • Some of the puzzles are extremely difficult.

  • Sometimes you need to think several levels ahead.

  • The storyline isn't important to the game.

Have you ever wished you were a hacker, digging through the web to try and find information? Well, Darknet takes you there. This is a puzzle game that has you hacking nodes and solving puzzles within a time frame in order to complete your missions.

It starts out pretty simple and then gets more complicated. The aim of the game is to infect nodes to extract information. To do that you need to use a variety of tools like worms or exploits and then complete a puzzle on a large grid.

Each level has a difficulty grade, a time limit, and rewards. You use those rewards to get yourself more starting money or better tools to use. It's a gritty cyberpunk future, so get hacking.

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Fulldive VR: Explore 360-Degree Streaming Videos

icons of the different features of Fulldive VR on a phone.

What We Like

  • Fulldive VR delivers tons of great videos in categories.

  • Streams YouTube VR, 3D, and 360 videos.

  • Fulldive VR market makes finding content easy.

What We Don't Like

  • The resolution varies by source.

  • Because some Fulldive content is user supplied, it may contain mature or adult content.

There are thousands of amazing 360-degree videos lurking out there, just waiting for you to take a peek. However, trying to find them can be more of a hassle than you want to deal with.

Full dive VR is a streaming video app with thousands of videos. All of them are separated by category and allows you to upload your own 360-degree photos and videos to share.

Fulldive VR delivers tons of content that has all been built for VR. This means you don't have to pick your way through normal videos, and with the trending tag, you can see the most popular videos on the site as they go viral.

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Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes: Work With Your Friends to Disarm a Bomb in VR

A bomb sits on a table, there is a folder labeled menu on the right, and a timer on the left.

What We Like

  • Brings your friends and family in on the fun.

  • A different bomb every time.

  • Bomb Defusal Manual can be printed out or viewed on any web-enable device.

What We Don't Like

  • The game doesn't have a solo mode. You must have at least one other player.

  • The game is difficult to win.

  • Drains the battery and can cause some phones to overheat.

VR with Daydream is usually a pretty solitary experience. You put on your headset, and you tune out the real world. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a game that requires you to disarm a bomb while a friend reads you the instructions.

One person wears the headset and sees a ticking bomb ticking that must be disarmed. The other player, sitting in the real world has the bomb manual. You'll have to work together if you want to succeed, making this a fun game for groups to play together.

Just be careful when you start to disarm the bomb. There are several different bombs and if you aren't getting the directions for the right one you're not going to disarm it so much as blow your virtual self up. 

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YouTube VR: Explore YouTube VR Videos

Options for new videos are overlaid over a music video.

What We Like

  • Takes advantage of all the content YouTube offers, whether it's VR-ready or filmed regularly. 

  • Interface for casual browsing is great.

  • Feels polished and intuitive.

What We Don't Like

  • When streaming slows, YouTube downgrades the quality of the image.

  • Ads are way more intrusive in VR.

YouTube is known for the place where you can video of just about anything, and that goes for VR as well. YouTube's VR app on Google Daydream gives you access to everything the platform has to offer.

This means you can catch up with your favorite vloggers, watch clips from Hamilton, or just see where the recommended tab takes you. YouTube has tons of 360-degree content to delve into, along with the usual content you can view from your phone. 

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Wands: Fling Spells in a Mage Duel

A hooded wizard throws a fireball at an opponent.

What We Like

  • Magic duels against other players online are challenging and fun.

  • Lots of upgrades to unlock.

  • Different atmospheric dungeons require different approaches.

  • Plenty of replay value since each game is against a human opponent.

What We Don't Like

  • The only solo-player mode is the training mode.

  • This VR app has a learning curve. Take time to study the tutorial.

  • Switching between spells is awkward and requires practice.

In VR, you can be anything you want to be, and if you've ever dreamed of participating in a wizard's duel, then Wands is the game to check out.

You play a wizard in a steampunk 1880s London, and the only real goal in this game to take out the wizard you are dueling against. How do you do that? By flinging spells of course! You're able to transport around the battle area, choose the spells in your arsenal, and hopefully become the last wizard standing. ​

This game can take a bit of getting used to, but once you've gotten a handle on the controls it's a ton of fun. It's a multiplayer game which means if your bestie has a Daydream, you can fling spells at each other to your heart's content.  

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GunJack 2: End of Shift: Protect Your Miners From Enemy Spaceships

A large spaceship is being targeted while you sit inside a panel.

What We Like

  • Brings the EVE universe to VR.

  • The levels are short and sweet making it easy to get hooked.

  • Enjoyable, fast-paced arcade game.

  • Engaging storeline.

What We Don't Like

  • Prone to motion sickness? This game will probably trigger it.

  • Fast-paced shooters can be seriously overwhelming to novice gamers. 

  • Campaign mode is too easy.

In Gunjack 2: End of Shift, you play as a turret operator trying to protect your home, the mining platform of Kubera. You need to shoot down enemy bandits and keep them from destroying the mining platform to win.

This is a fun, fast-paced arcade style game that will easily get you hooked. As you move through the game, you'll find new power-ups and get access to shields, all of which is necessary if you want to keep your mining platform in one piece.