The 10 Best Oculus Quest 2 Games

VR games for the entire family

Oculus Quest and Quest 2 don’t provide the same variety you get with PC-tethered headsets, but there are still many great games in the Oculus store. We’ve pulled together a list of the ten best Oculus Quest and Quest 2 games the whole family can enjoy, including puzzle, action, casual, and more.

These are all great games both adults and kids can have fun with, but some have online elements that parents will need to monitor. Some provide parental controls, and others allow parents to create junior accounts for young children.

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Best Exercise In Disguise: Beat Saber

Beat Saber on Oculus Quest.

 Beat Games

What We Like
  • Extremely fun and addictive.

  • Gets you up and moving.

  • Three difficulty modes, including practice.

What We Don't Like
  • Songs aren’t recognizable .

  • Not a lot of add-on songs available.

  • Process for adding custom songs is difficult.

Beat Saber is a rhythm game that sees you slicing colored blocks to the beat of pounding music tracks. It shares some DNA with games like Guitar Hero and AudioSurf, although slightly simplified and tricked out for VR. Your controllers are represented in-game by blue and red lightsabers, and you have to slice blocks that correspond with those colors. The blocks come in time with the music, so it ends up feeling intuitive after you get used to it.

While you can play Beat Saber in seated mode, the real fun comes when you turn on obstacles and stand up. In addition to the sliceable blocks, you face walls you need to dodge and duck under, turning what was already an entertaining rhythm game into a bit of stealth exercise. It's no Wii Fit, but VR really can help you get fit, and the increasing difficulties and fast-paced songs will get your blood pumping.

You can get custom songs for Beat Saber on Quest, but the process is complicated. Official add-on songs are purchased in-game.

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Best Meditative Puzzler: Tetris Effect

Tetris Effect on Oculus Quest

 Enhance

What We Like
  • Tetris like you’ve never played it before.

  • Fantastic way-out visuals.

  • Great soundtrack integration.

What We Don't Like
  • Not very laid back at higher levels.

  • Controls aren’t always responsive.

Tetris has been around so long that nearly everyone has played it in at least one iteration, but you’ve never played it like this. While Tetris Effect doesn’t take advantage of the VR environment in terms of gameplay, the trippy visuals surrounding the field, accompanied by a brilliant soundtrack, elevate the already meditative nature of the game to an entirely new level.

A lot of the charm gets lost at higher difficulty levels, with the pieces falling too fast to appreciate the fantastic visuals and accompanying soundtrack, but this is still a must-play for Tetris fans and a must-consider for everyone else.

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Best Environment Interaction: Job Simulator

Job Simulator on Oculus Quest

 Owlchemy Labs

What We Like
  • Tremendously interactive environment.

  • Fun to try new things and explore.

  • Great introduction to virtual reality.

What We Don't Like
  • Not a whole lot of content.

  • Gets repetitive eventually.

  • It’s been around a long time.

Job Simulator has been around forever, and it’s available on every VR platform under the sun, but it’s still worth playing if you haven’t gotten around to it yet. It's one of the first VR games that got it in terms of letting you explore a virtual space in a gamified way, and it’s still one of the best introductions to VR you’ll find.

The gameplay loop places you in a job environment, like at an office or convenience store, with the twist that an AI is running the simulation, and it doesn’t exactly understand humans as well as it thinks it does. The result is often hilarious and almost universally fun. While there are tasks you’re supposed to complete, most of the fun comes from just interacting with objects in the environment to see what strange results you can create.

If you enjoy this one, the Vacation Simulator is more of the same, with the addition of hand tracking. Covet the glasses that the robot is wearing? Grab them with your human hand, and put them on your face.

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Best Sensory Overload Shooter: Rez Infinite

Rez: Infinite on Oculus Quest

Enhance

What We Like
  • Unique rails shooter experience.

  • Engages sight, sound, and touch together.

  • Includes free-roam “Area X”.

What We Don't Like
  • It’s essentially a 20 year old game.

  • Doesn’t click with everyone.

Rez is a bit of a strange case, as it’s essentially a 20-year-old game that works far better in virtual reality than it did on its original hardware. The original game was updated with Rez HD in 2008 and Rez Infinite in 2015, with the Quest iteration of the game being a direct port of the 2015 release. That long history means you may well have already played this one, but it’s still worth a look if you haven’t played it in VR.

Rez Infinite is technically a rails shooter, but it’s meant to be a whole sensory experience. The soundtrack is a big part of the game, and shooting enemies alters the soundtrack and creates a vibration. The game initially achieved this effect with a peripheral, but modern controllers like the Oculus Touch Controllers have vibration built right in. Taking that and dumping it in the immersive realm of VR results in a sensory overload, and VR is the best way to experience this classic game.

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Best Co-op Chaos: Cook-Out

Cook-Out on Oculus Quest.

 Resolution Games

What We Like
  • Fantastic co-op fun.

  • Play with friends or strangers.

  • Includes a single player campaign.

What We Don't Like
  • Not as much fun by yourself.

Cook-Out is essentially Overcooked, in VR, with a similar gameplay loop. The object is to assemble increasingly complicated orders placed by a colorful cast of characters. The single-player mode provides a decently long campaign, with a robot buddy to help you make orders, but the real fun comes when you play co-op with other people. Up to four people can work together to assemble orders, bark orders and assign blame, and of course, assault each other with fountains of mustard and ketchup.

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Best Free Social Games: Rec Room

Rec Room on Oculus Quest.

Rec Room Inc 

What We Like
  • Tons of free social games.

  • Tools to create your own games.

  • Parents can create ‘junior’ accounts for children.

What We Don't Like
  • Needs more robust parental controls.

  • Monetized by in-app purchases.

  • Simplistic graphics.

Rec Room is a free game where you can gather and socialize in private and public rooms and play various social games. The developer provides a wide variety of games, and there are also tools available you can use to create content. It's a great way to hang out and have fun with your friends or family, either in person or remotely.

The only caution here is there’s a massive online aspect to the game, so parents of young children need to be vigilant. Younger children can be assigned junior accounts, which will prevent communication, but it could use some more robust parental controls, especially for older kids. There are also in-app purchases, so keep that in mind.

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Most Adorable Platformer: Moss

Moss on Oculus Quest.

Polyarc 

What We Like
  • Beautiful diorama-like environments.

  • Engaging gameplay.

  • Interesting take on a third-person VR game.

What We Don't Like
  • Short.

  • Not a lot of replayability.

Moss is a platformer where you guide a tiny mouse through a variety of puzzles and combat. Instead of putting you into the game in first-person like most VR experiences, you play in the third person, peering into the beautifully rendered levels as if they were miniature dioramas.

The only real issue with this game is the campaign isn’t very long. If you’re good at puzzles, it may only take you a few hours to complete, and there isn’t a lot of replayability. It is an enjoyable experience while it lasts, though.

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Best Frenetic Family Fun: Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes on Oculus Quest.

 Steel Crate Games

What We Like
  • Great for asymmetric in-person multiplayer.

  • Tons of replayability.

  • Easy to pick up and play.

What We Don't Like
  • Potential for arguments.

  • Only one person gets to be in VR.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a party game that’s been around for a long time, but it shines when you bring in the virtual reality component. It’s an asynchronous game, so one player puts on the Quest headset while the other players access a bomb-defusing manual on a different device. The VR player is faced with a bomb, and the non-VR players need to look up instructions in the manual to walk them through disarming the bomb.

While it’s a pretty basic concept, this game is a whole lot of fun in practice, especially when played in person, with the bomb-defuser and manual-readers all in the same room. Plus, there’s a ton of replayability, so get ready to take turns wearing the headset and defusing the bomb.

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Best Kart Racer: Dash Dash World

Dash Dash World on Oculus Quest.

MotionX Studio

What We Like
  • Next best thing to Mario Kart in VR.

  • Lots of tracks and modes.

  • Receives regular updates.

What We Don't Like
  • Somewhat bland art style.

  • Weapons don’t feel great.

  • Take a pass if you experience motion sickness.

Dash Dash World is a kart racer in the vein of Mario Kart, with a wide variety of colorful tracks and gameplay modes, weapons you can pick up and use against your opponents, and fast, responsive gameplay. It doesn’t have the same charm or strong art style as Mario Kart, but it’s the closest thing you're going to find on the Quest.

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Best Cartoony Fishing Sim: Bait!

Bait! on Oculus Quest

 Resolution Games

What We Like
  • It’s free.

  • Lots of content for a free game.

  • Gameplay loop is fun and relaxing.

What We Don't Like
  • Monetized with in-app purchases.

  • Pretty basic.

Bait! is a fun little free fishing game with a surprising amount of depth. The graphics are entertaining and cartoony, and the gameplay is pretty basic: Grab the rod with your right controller, cast using a natural casting motion, set the hook when a fish bites, and reel in with your left controller using a natural reeling motion. It all feels entirely natural, and it’s pretty easy to zone out.

The process of fighting a fish after you’ve hooked it is pretty simplified, with a meter indicating you need to stop reeling or lose the fish. Real VR Fishing is a more realistic fishing sim available on Quest if you prefer that, but Bait! is a lot of fun if you’re okay with the more cartoony nature of the game.

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