3 Great Google VR Cardboard Games

We are still in the very early days of VR gaming as something more than demonstrations. But with Google Cardboard, you can play actual VR games right now - even from a smartphone. While the number of big, massive experiences is not huge, there's a few hidden gems and games that put a new perspective on familiar classics to be had among the selection of Google Cardboard VR games.

Caaaaardboard!

Caaaaardboard
Dejobaan
What We Like
  • Fun and simple premise: creative freefall.

  • Impressive VR experience.

What We Don't Like
  • Can inspire VR motion sickness.

  • Graphics are very simple.

Easily the coolest VR game you can get right now, Caaardboard! is a version of AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA! by Dejobaan Studios, which already was an excellent mobile game. This is a game of free-falling, where you fly around obstacles in your rapid descent, and rack up high scores by flying through gates on the way down. It's an intense experience!

Now, strap into Google Cardboard, and suddenly Caaaaardboard! becomes an absurdly exhilarating thing. It's a ton of fun in 2D, but in 3D? That's a transcendent experience, and if you have an Android phone and a Cardboard headset, you need to check this out.

InCell VR

InCell VR
Nival
What We Like
  • Impressive visuals.

  • Fun gameplay.

What We Don't Like
  • Though it considers itself educational, it takes some license with cell biology.

  • Those with interpupillary distance outside the norm may experience discomfort.

Nival, a publisher of several games for mobile, has managed to deliver a nifty little game that manages to combine a fascinating 3D virtual reality experience with a bit of edutainment. You race down tubes, trying to collect materials to heal the person whose body you are inside, getting speed-ups to go faster and avoiding the slowdowns. You can play this outside of VR, but playing in VR mode gives you a really fascinating sense of speed and presence that you don't get otherwise with the game. You might just learn something about how the human body works and how viruses affect it. If you're strapped for cash, the free version of the game, InMind, might be more your speed.

Proton Pulse

Proton Pulse
Proton Pulse
What We Like
  • Beautiful graphics.

  • Immersive and challenging.

What We Don't Like
  • A bit of spatial drift experienced at times.

  • No volume control.

This game is actually a fantastic example of the strengths of VR gaming. 3D brick-breakers have certainly existed before, but they were always seemingly missing some element of playability. Thankfully, Proton Pulse delivers it by placing the experience in VR, and giving you a sense depth and perspective that goes a really long way toward making the game fun and playable. Angling shots requires some practice since you're used to 2D brick breakers. But it's still a lot better than pretty much any other take on 3D Breakout games, because the depth, along with smooth gyroscopic controls, gives you the reference point you need to properly enjoy this.

These games give you a taste of VR's strengths.

While we'll have to wait to see what VR on mobile for the mass market (and not just for Samsung users) becomes, you can easily see what the potential of VR for gaming can do by trying these titles out.