This weeks new HTC Vive releases include a couple interesting new shooters and a creative platform that lets you orchestrate your own virtual dioramas. Diorama Worlds is first up and this program gives you access to a growing number of tiles and objects so that you can shape scenes from the modern to the medieval. The Sniper is a long-range strategic shooter with automatic stability so you can look through your scope and take down your targets, while Hopalong is a western, knee-slapping shooter where you hop around on a stick horse and shoot down the Dynamite Gang.
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.
New HTC Vive Releases on Steam
Trickshot, from Dillon Lewin, Ryan Cunningham, Christopher Conklin, Nathan Lucci, Austin Lewis, Tim Stillmun
In this game, the classic platformer gets a new VR twist with some archery integration. Trickshot brings you ten levels where you’ll use special arrow types to explore and solve puzzles. The game also includes online and local leaderboards so you can test your mettle against others.
Recommendation: A true test of your dexterity with some unique ideas. Give this one a go.
The Sniper VR, from iVRstudio
Price: $11.24 (Currently Discounted)
In The Sniper, you play the role of an ex-SWAT member turned vigilante. From you hidden perches, you’ll be taking out bad guys with the help of different tech for your trusty sniper rifle. The game comes with 8 missions, 4 rifles, and 5 scopes with more of each to come.
Recommendation: Quirky style with realistic shooting, this one is pretty fun. Grab it.
The Cable Center – Virtual Archive, from The Cable Center
Price: Free To Play
The Cable Center is a historic experience where users can explore the building and interact with cable-related artifacts like Oral History videos. There are also a couple theaters to visit including a 360-degree theater.
Recommendation: A free glimpse into history. Check it.
Personal Disco VR, from Dual Heights Software
Whether you’ve got the moves or not, Personal Disco VR is your own isolated dance floor. Choose your dance partner that will have different looks and a style that will match the music’s rhythm, then bust your moves.
Recommendation: There’s not a lot outside of a bit of amusement here, but grab it if it tickles your fancy.
Crazy Fishing, from Offpeak Games and Mana Wings
Price: $15.99 (Currently Discounted)
Do you enjoy fishing? Ok, but what if the fish explode? Crazy Fishing turns the peaceful pastime into an extreme sport. The game includes crazy types of items to use, different rods, hooks, and bait. There are also a few hidden quests and Easter eggs for you to find.
Recommendation: There’s a great deal to experience in Early Access with a lot more coming down the stretch. Grab this one for sure.
Exterminator, from PRIME WORKS Co., Ltd.
Exterminator transports you into the world of Japanese game shows where you’ll be punching many different types of mice as they climb out of the various pipes in the area.
Recommendation: This game is a neat way to get in some cardio as you react and attack in ever direction, but it’s not a very deep experience. Catch it on sale.
MARS VR, from Ying Pei Digital Technology Shanghai Co., Limited
Price: $2.00 (Currently Discounted)
MARS VR is a sci-fi VR shooter with realistic physics for the weapons. You’ll hold the line within this dynamic and intense shooter, taking down a collection of different enemies and set of different scenes as you progress on-rails.
Recommendation: Not a bad price for a visually impressive shooter. Certainly worth the plunge.
Radiant Crusade, from Radiance Games
Price: $8.99 (Currently Discounted)
Radiant Crusade blends a couple styles together to bring a unique experience to VR. With wave defense and arena car combat elements, you’ll pilot your vehicle and utilize 4 abilities to take down as many enemies as you can. The game adds a bit of longevity by including a skill tree for players to advance through.
Recommendation: Vibrant and exciting with few comparisons. Give it a go.
SourVR Video Player Deluxe Edition, from River Twice Co., Ltd.
Price: $4.99 (Currently Discounted)
SourVR is a video player with automatic VR video format detection and support for many major formats. It also includes a weekly aggregation of online video content.
Recommendation: Pass on this.
A Lost Room, from Cruel Byte
Price: $7.99 (Currently Discounted)
A Lost Room drops you into what seems like a normal room as you solve puzzles and find items so that you can escape. It sounds like something sinister is slithering around outside the room too, so a few decisions need to be made.
Recommendation: Can be completed in roughly 15-20 minutes, so not exactly the deepest option out there.
VR Interior Designer Pro, from Edgehill CGI
Price: Free To Play
VR Interior Designer gives you a penthouse as a blank canvas as you design the place of your dreams. You’ll be able to cycle through accessories and furnishings quickly and even experience a kitchen design tool as well.
Recommendation: This is an example of a service offered to real interior designers so check it out.
Diorama Worlds, from V.A.R. Studios
Price: $7.19 (Currently Discounted)
Using a growing collection of tiles and objects, Diorama Worlds gives you a platform to create and share your own unique dioramas. You can build with custom objects upon different layers and then let the creative juices flow freely.
Recommendation: Definitely check this out. Has a lot to offer in Early Access with even more to come.
Chaos Edge, from LaoniuStudio
Price: $14.44 (Currently Discounted)
In the world of Chaos Edge, you’re dropped in a conflict 1,300 years ago where a dragon led his 11 tribal leaders to defeat man and drive them to near extinction. A knight and mage sacrificed themselves at the last moment to cast an enchantment. Now, choose to fight as a paladin or wizard as you protect mankind.
Recommendation: Cool premise with nice visuals but bland gameplay with bad design choices. Pass.
Basketball Court VR, from Chun Y.
Basketball Court VR is a casual b-ball experience with 5 different modes to choose from. The modes include a speed mode, distance mode, and practice.
Recommendation: Skip this one and go for a more robust basketball experience instead.
Fort Awesome, from Ben McNelly
Love building forts in your home but hate the cleanup that comes after? Fort Awesome is here to help. Solo or with a friend, this game gives you a collection of different objects to build the fort or tree house of your dreams. The game includes a few hidden objectives as well.
Recommendation: For some casual fun with a dose of child-like energy, grab it.
Serious Sam VR: The Second Encounter, from Croteam VR
Price: $29.99 (Currently Discounted)
Following up the Serious Sam VR drop from last week comes The Second Encounter, another old-school trek that provides a welcome and intense virtual shooter. Play single player, co-op, or competitive modes with a selection of comfort modes.
Recommendation: Pull the trigger for some old-school-style FPS fun. Lots of carnage.
Hopalong: The Badlands, from From The Future LLC
In Hopalong, you’ll ride a stick horse using one controller and shoot dastardly dudes with the other. Gallop around as you shoot down the Dynamite Gang and the pig-riding Boss Boomity. Take down the boss and you may find a way to earn his flying steed Pigasus!
Recommendation: Clever, unique, and silly fun.
All-Star Fielding Challenge VR, from 8-bit development llc
Price: $5.09 (Currently Discounted)
Put on your glove and hit the open field in All-Star Fielding Challenge VR. This game puts you in the role of a shortstop as you field line-drives, pop-ups, and ground balls. Once you catch enough you’ll move on to the next round and climb the leaderboards.
Recommendation: Currently in Early Access but could be promising. Keep an eye on it, but don’t pull the trigger just yet.
7VR Wonders, from VRMonkey
Price: $6.79 (Currently Discounted)
7VR Wonders is a visual feast that takes you around the world to virtual recreations of the wonders of the world. You’ll see the Statue of Zeus, the Hanging Gardens, Temple of Artemis, and more. Each experience lasts roughly 3 minutes.
Recommendation: There’s not much to it, but could be a decent add to your library to show off the visuals.
New HTC Vive Releases on Viveport
No new releases on Viveport this week as of the time of publication.