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Best Overall: Smash Hit at Google Play
"Surreal and addicting, players smash their way through a futuristic atmosphere."
Best Rollercoaster: VR Rollercoaster at Google Play
"A simulation game that gives players a sense of realism."
Best for Snowball Fights: Snow Strike VR at Google Play
"Great for anyone who wants a casual and gentle first-person style “shooter” experience."
Best for Horror Lovers: Insidious VR at Softonic
"A free-flowing movie adventure that’ll get you anticipating in every moment."
Best First-Person Shooter: Trooper 2 at Google Play
"A simple point to look and press to shoot style game that can be played by virtually anyone."
Best Racing: VR XRacer at Google Play
"Superb virtual reality game that requires nothing more than a VR headset, a little tilt and quick reaction time."
Best for Intensity: VR Street Jump at Google Play
"Takes the basic everyday aspect of crossing the street and turns it upside down into a serious game of life or death."
Available on the most popular VR platforms, Smash Hit is an on-rails type shooter where players dive into an otherworldly dimension while moving in synchronicity with both physics, sound, and music. Surreal and addicting, players smash their way through a futuristic atmosphere by firing weighted chrome marbles into obtrusive shiny glass obstacles and structures.
Smash Hit requires nothing more than quick eyes to focus and a ready trigger finger to press the one button on the side of your VR headset in order to destroy passing targets and obstacles that interrupt your journey. Both music and audio pairs together with each stage you enter while obstacles move along with new tunes. The game boasts a whopping 50 different rooms with 11 different graphical styles, and realistic glass-breaking effects that’ll wow you as much as the world it encapsulates you in.
Just sit back and relax (or not) with VR Rollercoaster, a simulation game that gives players a sense of realism as they enter the front seat of a virtual roller coaster. Players can look around in their environment as they experience the rush of various rollercoaster rides that send them through lifelike environments with all the twists, turns and loops you’d expect.
VR Rollercoaster doesn’t take much to control; on your headset, you’ll tap with one finger to re-calibrate yourself in the forward direction as you look around in your seat while tapping with two fingers restarts the ride. Ideal for the Google Cardboard headset, VR Rollercoaster uses stereoscopic rendering and head tracking for your mobile smartphone, so you can look around at each randomly generated city surrounding your rollercoaster. Immersion isn’t just solely visual — the environment is filled with noisy crowds, buildings, birds, screaming riders and even airships.
Snow Strike is a kind of tower defense style game where players uphold their snow fort and throw snowballs at upcoming invaders (think school kids and evil snowmen. The casual fun shooter style game has players look around a full 180 degrees as invading forces draw near to them in a snow-filled atmosphere.
While controllers are compatible, players aim and shoot by aligning themselves to their foes and tapping the single button on the side of their VR headset. Players can dodge incoming snowballs by weaving their heads away and anticipate enemies as their feet crunch on the snowy fields surrounding them. Snow Strike is great for anyone who wants a casual and gentle first-person style “shooter” experience without too much demand, action or violence.
For the horror lovers, Insidious VR provides one of the best virtual reality experiences with no controller necessary. Players will be guided by a woman who will show them the terrors of the afterlife while they navigate through 1080p visuals of a disturbing experience unlike any other.
The game is best used with both Google Cardboard and a reliable set of headphones. Insidious VR is essentially a free-flowing movie adventure that’ll get you anticipating in every moment. Players start off in a dimly lit house while giving full ability t look around and observe their dynamic surroundings. Players will have to utilize their full 360-degree range of motion for visuals in order to fully experience the true horror that Insidious VR has to bring. Just sit back, relax, get ready to be scared and don’t close your eyes.
Trooper 2 is a simple point to look and press to shoot style game that can be played by virtually anyone because it doesn’t require any complex control schemes; all you’ll have to do is stand up, walk around and press the single button on your VR headset to fire. The first person shooter is a rarity among the list and offers a full 360 degrees of view with non-stop action at every turn.
Trooper 2 puts players in the position of a soldier who battles against a multitude of invading green block men in a vector like block world. The fast-paced game starts off with five practice levels that aim to familiarize you with its controls, packing a total of 14 different levels with four different bosses. When standing and playing, be careful and be aware of your surroundings as you turn your head to battle against foes while playing the game.
VR XRacer is another superb virtual reality game that requires nothing more than a VR headset, a little tilt and quick reaction time. The high-speed racing game features beautiful polygon graphics and structures that players dodge by tilting their head in order to move their ship.
VR XRacer has players pilot their own high-speed spaceship as they are thrown in a polygonal world filled with numerous towers, bonus point rings and various power-ups (think slow-motion abilities and speed boosts). The game essentially sees how long you can go for in a seemingly endless distance and gets progressively more and more difficult the longer its played. The developers behind VR XRacer are consistent with updates, so you can expect it to be smooth running and reliable with its gameplay.
VR Street Jump offers a simplistic gameplay style that has you looking around before you jump. Controls are operated via facing the direction you want to go and pressing the button on the side of your VR headset to move forward.
VR Street Jump takes the basic everyday aspect of crossing the street and turns it upside down into a serious game of life or death. Players start off on a nice green terrain with multiple roads filled with trucks, sedans and even menacing buses that they must avoid while crossing.
This game requires careful consideration and situational awareness, which has players looking around at a full 360 degrees to take in their environment and anticipate their next move.