New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 10/23/16

by Charles Singletary • October 28th, 2016

Halloween is upon us as we’re flooded with horror-themed releases this week. We’re offered a Bloody Mary escape game, Ghost Town shooting gallery, and the dreaded Trump simulator (proceeds go to a good cause). Yore VR, an open-world sandbox title, is the major stand-out from this collection.

In the meantime, if you missed last week, you can see those new releases here. And don’t forget that UploadVR has a Steam community group, complete with a curated list of recommendations so that you don’t have to waste any money finding out what’s good in the world of VR.

We also have a top list of the absolute best HTC Vive games — which is updated every few months with the latest and greatest options.

Project CARS – Pagani Edition, from Slightly Mad Studios

Price: Free

The base Project CARS game is available on Steam for $29.99 and this free update includes 5 Pagani cars like the Zonda Revolucion, three new track including the infamous Nürburgring, and adds in the Quick Race Weekend and Time Trial modes.

Recommendation: Classic cars and meticulously created tracks as a free update? Of course, you should get it.

Ghost Town Mine Ride & Shootin’ Gallery, from Spectral Illusions

Price: $8.99

Fitting right in with the season, enter an abandoned tourist attraction and then descend into a hellish shooting gallery. Use your flashlight and six shooter to make it out of the roughly 25-minute experience alive.

Recommendation: Pretty solid experience that hopefully inspires the developers to make more scenarios of this caliber.

Carnival Games VR, from Cat Daddy Games

Price: $19.99

One of the most popular collections of carnival themed mini-games, Carnival Games finally comes to virtual reality. Test your skills in pop darts, ring toss, and ten other classic carnival experiences.

Recommendation: A decent collection of short and polished fun mini-games via our review.

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Killing Zombies, from FRS Game Studio

Price: $2.99 (Currently Discounted)

Take on the undead in this wave shooter that includes online multiplayer. Engage in room scale interaction with 30 weapons to choose from.

Recommendation: Cheap thrill but there are better wave shooters around.

Trump Simulator VR, from Christine Barron

Price: $0.99

In this sim, you’re given 5 minutes to do your best Trump face (and tiny hands) and prepare your speech. The developer, who created the game in under 50 hours, created it with the intention of inspiring outside research and all profits will go to the Migrant Offshore Aid Station.

Recommendation: Funny game for a good cause. Go for it.

ALICE VR, from Carbon Studio

Price: $22.49 (Currently Discounted)

Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, ALICE VR is a single player and story driven experience set on a mysterious planet. Meet sci-fi renditions of the Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat as you complete puzzles.

Recommendation: Largely forgettable experience, says our review.

Driftwatch VR, from Sevenedge Interactive Media

Price: $6.79 (Currently Discounted)

Ride atop a giant whale or helicopter platform in this on-rails shooter as you take down evil goblins with a longbow, or while dual wielding crossbows.

Recommendation: Pass for now, but look for interesting developments during Early Access.

The Tower: Last Stand

Price: $15.19 (Currently Discounted)

Inspired by the “Tower” tarot card and the graphic novel “Heavy Metal”, The Tower has you facing off against a wave of enemies, 3 sub-bosses, and a final dragon in this tower defense title. Also, this game is apparently the 2nd of 6 games that will contain clues to win $1,000,000 in bitcoins.

Recommendation: Doesn’t bring a lot of new, interesting ideas…but are you feeling lucky?

ObserVR Beta, from ObserVR Inc

Price: Free

ObserVR is a VR application for viewing multiple live Twitch streams on one screen. You can chat with friends, view up to four streams, and rearrange screens as you wish.

Recommendation: A solid free way to indulge in some streaming.

Hoverboards VR, from Mike Harris

Price: $1.99

Hoverboards VR is a futuristic, 3D, virtual take on the classic Snake game. A unique locomotion technique translates your entire body’s movement as if upon a hoverboard.

Recommendation: An inexpensive and serene experience that gets you moving with unique controls that could inspire other titles. Grab it.

Escape Bloody Mary, Well Told Entertainment

Price: $3.39 (Currently Discounted)

Step into the restroom, cut off the lights, and summon a dark spirit in Escape Bloody Mary. This escape room experience tasks you with getting out of the restroom as Bloody Mary enters your world through the mirror.

Recommendation: A solid addition to your collection of short and sweet horror VR games.

Climbey, from Brian Lindenhof

Price: $8.49 (Currently Discounted)

With 15 levels (including a level editor), Climbey is a physics powered puzzler where players climb different obstacles as quickly as they can in order to reach the goal. Includes multiplayer as well.

Recommendation: A simple, yet fun, experience that could get even better throughout Early Access. Get it.

Boo breakers: The Ghostening, from Rank17

Price: $3.74 (Currently Discounted)

With one hand inspired by Harry Potter and the other inspired by the Ghostbusters, developers Rank17 put you in a control of an ambidextrous mage in this whimsical title. One wand deflects enemy attacks while the other captures spirits as you seek out hidden objects and explore different areas.

Recommendation: Well worth the price, even if not on sale.

Marlene, from Uzi Games

Price: $10.67 (Currently Discounted)

In this psychological horror game, take control of Ewan as he searches for his estranged sister and niece at their island cottage. Physics puzzles and hidden objects are the foundation of this first act in a three part story.

Recommendation: Initially had a couple issues that have been patched. Solid start to an intriguing story.

Mervils: A VR Adventure, from VitruviusVR

Price: $19.99

This RPG platformer has come out of Early Access and added a new world to the full game. Run, jump, and fight your way through as you save the world from Balazar the Evil.

Recommendation: In our preview, we call it a “more open-ended Lucky’s Tale” that’s worth the play.

RuneSage, from George Gilbert

Price: $8.99 (Currently Discounted)

Harness runes of power and cast spells by drawing symbols with your VR controller in this RPG adventure.

Recommendation: Neat spell mechanic but pass for now.

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Extreme Skiing VR, from Music Off Games

Price: $7.99

In this extreme sports experience, control your direction with the VR helmet while propelling yourself realistic with the VR controllers being used as ski poles.

Recommendation: Lazy design. One track. Poor collision detection. Skip it.

Yore VR, from Tectonic VR

Price: $14.99 (Currently Discounted)

Yore VR is an open-world sandbox Early Access title with a deep blacksmithing component along with smelting, mining, archery, and tavern mini-games.

Recommendation: Worth the grab even in EA. Future updates could include hunting, herb gathering, alchemy, and melee combat.

Sky Jac, from Team of Light Media LLC

Price: $9.99

Fly and climb in the first-person VR platformer as you take back your home world from invading robots.

Recommendation: Interesting flying mechanic. Keep an eye on it in Early Access.

The Night The Carsons Disappeared, from Stephen Long

Price: $1.79 (Currently Discounted)

In this visual experience, watch as events unfold during The Night The Carsons Disappeared from the perspective of Mr. Carson. TNTCD is a 30-minute non-interactive horror title to be shared with friends.

Recommendation: Solid pick up for less than $2.

Push For Emor, from Lupus Solus Studio

Price: $13.19 (Currently Discounted)

Push For Emor blends RPG gameplay with RTS elements in this open-world sci-fi experience that expands across 5 solar systems and 11 planets. Disable and board enemy ships, engage in space and planet combat, and more.

Recommendation: Despite being developed by one person, it’s a solid grab even in Early Access.

zTime (Danger Noodles!), from Hazardous Software

Price: $4.24 (Currently Discounted)

Take the classic top-down perspective and controls and flip it on its head and you’ve got zTime. Control your icon while maneuvering through obstacles that have a defined path telling of future enemy obstructions.

Recommendation: Fun little title with a small asking price.

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