The Google Cardboard has brought accessible VR to the world. With an easy-to-use platform and viewers from as low as 7 dollars, there's very little excuse not to check out the possibilities of VR gaming on the go.
The Best Apps For Google Cardboard
If you've picked yourself up a #GoogleCardboard viewer, your first stop should obviously be the Cardboard app, which contains a whole bunch of awesome #VR demos and programs to get you started. Once you're done with those though, you should check out these rad little titles. Most of them are even free!
While Sisters may be a short experience, it still manages to be a pretty terrifying time for what is essentially a teaser tech-demo. #Horror games seem like they'll be one of the best uses of VR in the future, which makes Sisters a really interesting first step into the technology on mobile. It's also a great way to test yourself on whether you can handle scares in VR before springing a couple hundred on Resident Evil 7 and a PSVR.
2. 'Deep Space Battle VR'
Deep Space Battle VR is an awesome little blast of old-school style dogfighting. With smooth gameplay, gorgeous graphics and a control scheme designed for VR. Deep Space Battle feels like the VR follow-up to classic Starfox or X-Wing gameplay that we deserve but never got.
There's currently six different ships to unlock as well as a variety of game modes and levels, so the game will keep you going for quite a while. The only downside at the moment is that there's basically only three or so songs on the soundtrack, so you might want to pack your own dogfighting tunes to listen to while you play.
InMind and InCell are both beautiful offerings from Nival. They start with the same Fantastic Voyage-inspired premise, that you're in a sci-fi ship shrunk down inside the human body. While InCell plays out more like a singleplayer time-attack racing game with obstacles, InMind is more of a rail shooter experience. Both are fun little games and completely free with some of the most beautiful graphics on VR.
For those with young'uns, InMind has an expanded sequel that includes educational modules that'll teach kids about the structure of the brain and how neurons work in between the fun games, which is pretty cool.
4. 'Proton Pulse'
Proton Pulse feels like the kind of game that '80s sci-fi movies imagined we'd be playing in the future. The game is essentially 3D Pong if you controlled the paddles with your head and were living in the cyberspace world of Tron. It's an incredibly fun time-waster, and just as addictive as the original Pong was back in the day.
5. 'Whispering Eons'
Whispering Eons is an episodic VR adventure game series. The first episode, Genesis of a Dying Earth, offers a cyberpunk take on classic point-and-click adventure gameplay. If you're looking for some fun and challenging puzzles combined with gorgeous, immersive space visuals, you'll love Whispering Eons.
6. 'Chair In A Room'
Chair in a Room is another throwback to classic adventure gameplay, but this time with a terrifying horror twist. You awaken to a dimly lit room, with no memory of how you got there. As the lights go out and plummet you into darkness, you realize you need to escape this room before there's no hope of ever escaping again.
So far the first chapter is out for smartphones, with the second coming soon. It's a great and dread-filled experience to try out, especially if you're a fan of room escape type games and want to take things to the next level.
7. 'Gravity Pull'
Aside from scaring the pants off you, the best offerings on VR at the moment all seem to involve puzzle solving. Possibly, it's designers taking a safe bet on gameplay styles that are less likely to make people throw up everywhere.
Whatever the reason, it's a big boon to those of us who enjoy a brain teaser. Gravity Pull is a fun and surprisingly challenging puzzle game, which places you in a series of rooms and challenges you to solve physics puzzles in an effort to progress and escape to the next level. It's a relaxing but engaging time and reminds me of a simplified version of Portal in some ways.
8. 'Cyclops Duck Hunt VR'
Remember playing Duck Hunt on the original NES? Probably not, because most of you aren't old. If you didn't, it was one of the earliest light gun games and a ton of fun, at least until the damn dog started laughing at you for missing a bunch of shots.
Cyclops Duck Hunt VR is a ridiculously fun revamp of that classic title for #VirtualReality, substituting a light gun with gaze-controlled shooting and 8-bit graphics for absolutely gorgeous cel-shaded landscapes. There's also a zombie mode and a mode where you can shoot down trump-headed ducks, for those of you feeling politically frustrated at the moment.
And when you're done with all the fun games, why not give your kids a go at checking out some educational expeditions!
Have you found an awesome VR gem for Google Cardboard we missed? Do you own one and want to tell us what you think of it? Let us know in the comments!