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VR gaming is here to stay, but before you invest in a VR headset, you may want to try some VR games on your phone to see how you like them. The best VR games will work with a variety of headsets and take advantage of unique VR features to enhance gameplay experience. Both Android and iPhones support VR headsets like Dodocase P2, Google Carboard, and Samsung Gear VR. These headsets are all reasonably priced and easy to use, making them a good entry-level ways to get into virtual reality.
Cool zombie environment
Can be challenging at times
Games just aren’t complete without a zombie genre and our favorite pick is the Zombie Shooter VR. Players enter a post apocalyptic world full of zombies in dark environments that will howl at you as you unleash an arsenal upon them using various weapons.
Zombie Shooter VR uses look-to-shoot style controls that make the game both user-friendly and immersive. Players start the game by picking a weapon of their choice and then are thrown into dimly lit tunnels where an army of undead await them. The game offers a full 360 degrees of exploration and is compatible with most virtual reality glasses out on the market. Gameplay does take some concentration and a steady focus to defeat zombies, so be prepared and vigilant!
"If you love zombies, you won't go wrong with Zombie Shooter VR. The controls are simply, the gameplay is fast-paced, and it's easy to get a quick 15-20 minute session while you're on a break." — Ajay Kumar, Tech Editor
Plays like an arcade classic
Fun and addictive
A little repetitive
Be sure to look both ways before crossing the street. VR Street Jump is much like the arcade classic Frogger, but instead, puts you in the first person perspective of the unfortunate individual that must cross multiple busy streets. It’s a fun little addictive game that’ll build character, especially your patience.
VR Street Jump is compatible with multiple devices such as Google Cardboard, Merge VR and ANTVR, with controls that have you clicking the side button of your headset in order to move forward. Of course, in order to cross the street successfully and all in one piece, you’ll need to look left and right to see any oncoming traffic like cars, trains, trucks, or taxis. You can compete with other friends and see scores that showcase who has the best reaction time and situational awareness. There’s something that strikes fear in the heart of the player knowing the 3D pixelated headlights of a truck are staring you down.
Compelling horror atmosphere
Good directional audio
Might be too scary for some
Horror and VR go together wonderfully, giving players a whole new realm of terror, much like you’d find in Sisters. Sisters is a story-driven mystery type game with a delightfully haunting atmosphere that has you in the middle of an old creaky house during a storm.
Sisters gives players a full 360-degree view of 64-bit graphic visuals with appropriately chilling binaural and directional audio. The simple look-based controls are easy to pick up and use head tracking that makes you feel like you’re actually there. The game isn't fair either, as it’s programmed to know and respond to what you’re looking at, so there’s always an opportunity of fright and potential jump scares. Are you brave enough to tackle the imaginary?
1080p HD graphics
Unique ship upgrades and weapons
Can be fairly difficult
Buckle up, End Space VR is the best space battle game with amazing graphics at 1080p HD, offering ambient futuristic atmospheres and intense gameplay. In End Space VR, players pilot a spacecraft with laser blasters and are thrown into deep space as they battle against hostile enemy space fighters all around them.
End Space VR has players looking in all directions at 360 degrees, viewing above and below them the vast depth of space filled with asteroids, planets and a rush of whirling lasers and missiles. Graphics are impressive, giving players a cockpit view of their spacecraft as they target various waves of enemy combatants with realistic sound effects. Players can upgrade their ships and weapons as they progress through each level, continuing to battle an onslaught of more difficult enemies that will challenge their fighter pilot skills.
"End Space VR is one of the better games you can get on a mobile device. The higher resolution, combined with the immersive space environment makes for a fun experience." — Ajay Kumar, Tech Editor
Fun space racer
Difficulty ramps up fast
VR XRacer is the quintessential space racer that’s both easy to learn and fun to play. The game places players in a hovercraft where they zip past impressive 3D geometrical pillars and obstacles at high speeds.
VR XRacer is a game that tests how long you can go with its heart-pounding top speed tower dodging gameplay style. Players control their spacecraft by simply tilting their head left or right in order to move side by side, so they can weave through obstacles. The game gets more difficult as you rack up your high score for distance traveled and features a multicolor theme selection for your racer.
Wide depth of field
Fun and colorful world
Good weapons upgrades
Can be pretty repetitive
As strange as the name sounds, Romans From Mars 360 takes the cake for the best tower defense VR game (and consider yourself warned: It is very addicting). Gameplay has you facing off countless waves of invading martians set on taking over the world, and its up to you to fend them off.
Romans From Mars 360 gives players a wide depth of field as they sit stationed in their castle rook, aiming their crossbow and firing at an invading alien army that gets stronger and stronger with each wave. The game boasts an immersive experience of a fun and colorful world with a full 360-degree field of view. Players collect gold as they complete each level, using it to upgrade their crossbow ballista and improving rates of fire, critical hit chance and hit radius.
If you're looking for fun VR games without spending a lot on a headset, you have plenty of options. On of our favorites is Zombie Shooter VR. It's set in a dark apocalyptic world overrun by zombies. The controls are really simply to use, and there's a unique and varied arsenal of weapons to mow them down. For horror lovers, Sisters is a creepy game that puts you in a haunting atmosphere makes use of both graphics and directional audio to give you a scare.
Alex Williams has been writing about tech and games for the past five years. He covers a range of topics from video games to wearbales. His background as a front end web developer and UX designer also gives him insight into games.
Ajay Kumar is Tech Editor at Lifewire. With over seven years of experience in the industry, he's reviewed everything from phones and tablets, to VR headsets and smart home devices. He owns an Oculus Quest and he's a big fan of zombie shooters like Arizona Sunshine and Killing Floor, as well as space-based VR games.
Compatibility - It's important to consider if each game is compatible with the headset you have. Mobile headsets like the Dodocase or Pop! Box Cardboard 3.0 tend to work with both iPhone and Android devices, while the Samsung Gear VR will only work with certain Samsung phones.
Graphics - While everything might be in VR, that doesn't mean quality is equal. Some games come in 1080p HD with high frame rates, while others are lower quality and you'll notice the pixels more. Some graphics tend to go for the photo-realistic look, while others are stylized.
Gameplay - The big advantage of VR is 360-degree field of view and motion. Most games will offer this feature, though some are rail shooters and will give you a more constricted way to move through the world. Horror games often take advantage of directional audio to add the the environment.