New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 12/12/16

by Charles Singletary • December 16th, 2016

If events around the world have you in the mindset to escape it all, we don’t blame you. The immersion of VR allows you to escape into many different types of adventures, but this week we’ve got some peaceful experiences to try out. Perfect gives you a collection of beautmeriful locales to interact with and explore while Nancy’s Summer VR supplies a dating-sim retreat with camera mode and mini games.

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.

Snow Fortress, from Mythical City Games

Price: $8.99 (Currently Discounted)

Snow Fortress adds new flavor to the frequent snowball fighting games that have been entering the VR ecosystem by adding some fort building into the equation and also letting you slingshot your snowballs.

Recommendation: If you haven’t already found a snowballer you enjoy, this could be the one for you.

Perfect, from nDreams and Near Light

Price: $7.99 (Currently Discounted)

The immersion of VR opens the door for escapist experiences, which is exactly what Perfect is. Tune the real world out as you immerse yourself in various beautiful locales.

Recommendation: A neat and peaceful way to pass the time.

Elena, from Catch A Cat

Price: $7.19 (Currently Discounted)

As Anna you must explore this atmospheric adventure game to discover the fate of her significant other. Seek out different items that begin to unfold the story and explain her husband’s disappearance.

Recommendation: This one has an intriguing premise, and a VR headset isn’t required so you can play it different ways.

We Are Stars, from NSC Creative

Price: $8.99 (Currently Discounted)

We Are Stars is an immersive science documentary narrated by the Time Master character, voiced by Andy Serkis. Learn of our cosmic history over billions of years.

Recommendation: Interesting way to learn of various topics. Grab it.

Special Delivery, from Meerkat Gaming

Price: $8.99 (Currently Discounted)

Special Delivery, a game we covered in November, is a casual experience inspired by classic games like Paper Boy, Crazy Taxi, and Road Rash. Dodge cars, dogs, and tornadoes as you deliver your mail and grow your subscriber base.

Recommendation: The various neighborhoods and boss fights should keep you entertained, a great deal.

Unearthed Inc: The Lost Temple, from Glo Inc

Price: $19.99 (Currently Discounted)

This adventure has you team up with your sidekick Droid while solving puzzles and fighting enemies with your psychic powers and ingenuity.

Recommendation: One of the better and more exciting puzzle games available.

Singing Stones VR, from Chingis LLC

Price: $1.99

In Singing Stones explore the lush locale while gathering magic crystals or just view the beautiful scenery.

Recommendation: Another inexpensive escapist experience. Grab it if it tickles your fancy.

Kunlun Fight, from Touch Art Technology Co., Ltd

Price: $17.99 (Currently Discounted)

Kunlun Fight tosses you in the virtual ring. Work on your technique and reaction time as you fight against masters with different fighting styles.

Recommendation: The fun and value just aren’t there. Keep an eye on it to see if it improves in early access.

Storm Front: VR Agent 006, from jerei

Price: $16.99 (Currently Discounted)

In story or endless modes, shoot and defend enemies in intense gunfights. Storm Front: VR includes various difficulty levels and upgrades you can utilize in combat, including calling in friendly forces.

Recommendation: For the price, this may not hold up against other options at a similar range.

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Alpine Ski VR

Price: $4.99

Hit the powder in three different event types: Slalom, Freestyle, and Heliski. Cut inside the splits, do tons of tricks, or fly around the site in a helicopter.

Recommendation: A fast action sport in VR. Grab if you think you can handle it.

Children of Colossus, from Colossus Interactive

Price: $4.99

In Children of Colossus, players have one wand and one sword as they take on five monstrous enemies. Move and squat to dodge attacks while you chip at their health in this action game.

Recommendation: Short and sweet experience. Grab it.

OneManVurgeR, from Dazzle Inc.

Price: $5.59 (Currently Discounted)

This popular mobile game brings some food service action to the HTC Vive. Assemble the burgers to order as quickly as possible.

Recommendation: A casual game with simple controls that might be worth the pickup.

Elephant Express VR, from Blob Lab

Price: $6.29 (Currently Discounted)

Elephant Express VR is a quirky experience where you fly around delivering mail and giving taxi rides. Test your dexterity as you navigate through tense set pieces.

Recommendation: Simple adventure game that won’t break the bank.

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Flight Simulator: VR, bcInteractive

Price: $7.49 (Currently Discounted)

It’s only a matter of time before various types of simulators dominate a corner of the VR ecosystem and this title gives you a taste of what VR and the genre can do as you fly planes around.

Recommendation: Keep an eye on it for more content in the future as it is currently in Early Access.

Defense of Castle Chilly, from Lord of the Stack

Price: $9.99

Defense of Castle Chilly was developed with room-scale as a focus and offers a castle defense game with archery and magic. Offers Endless and Last Stand mode that leaves you in the throne room where you fight until you tap out.

Recommendation: There are better, similar games for the price.

inVR, from inVR, Inc.

Price: Free

inVR is a platform where artists and designers put together 3D scenes that can be explored in VR.

Recommendation: Free way to experience some unique and fun creations.

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DWVR, from Mad Triangles

Price: $8.49 (Currently Discounted)

Cycle quickly through different guns, swords, and spells for each hand and teleport around to destroy hordes of enemies.

Recommendation: Fun even in early access. Grab it and look out for new features and more optimization over time.

Merry Snowballs, from Hatrabbit

Price: $5.99

Another winter themed snow-fight enters the Steam store and this one certainly stands out. Merry Snowball is a visually appealing and charming snowball fighter with various pickups like snow guns and shields available.

Recommendation: One of the best Christmas themed games on the market.

CoLab, from Pixel Federation

Price: $4.99

CoLab is a collection of 100 vastly different types of puzzles. In a reality show setting, endure humorous advice from the show’s host while taking on puzzles specifically designed with VR spaces in mind.

Recommendation: Inexpensive way to challenge yourself.

Last Mage Standing, from Immersion

Price: $3.59 (Currently Discounted)

This wave shooter casts you as the last young mage against a horde of skeletal assailants in armor. Use fireballs and a few weapons to defend as long as you can.

Recommendation: A cheap wave shooter if you absolutely want another, but not anything new to draw you in.

VR Invaders, from My.Com

Price: $14.39 (Currently Discounted)

As a freelance hacker, fight and defend against tons of drones in VR Invaders. Slow down time and transform your weapon as you shoot through the narrative.

Recommendation: Very lovely visuals and a lot of arcade shooter fun.

Caretaker Retribution, from Xiotek Studios Ltd

Price: $7.49 (Currently Discounted)

Move in any direction as you shoot down enemies inside a huge alien construct. Put your trigger finger to use as you seek out two pioneers that sought out to discover why the stars were being snuffed out.

Recommendation: You can find better shooters for the price. Pass.

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VR Journey, from Nova Dimension, Recreat4

Price: $4.79 (Currently Discounted)

In VR Journey you defend the portal with your bow and arrow and the ability to slow time.

Recommendation: Decent game that doesn’t stand out.

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Wipe Out VR, from PnadaeaVR

Price: $2.99

Defend your castle with a single archer or multiple in this tower defense game. Adjust to the enemy speeds and paths as you work toward your goal.

Recommendation: Inexpensive tower defense if you need more in your collection.

Fist of Physics, from Midas Touch Game

Price: $7.99 (Currently Discounted)

Live out your giant robot fantasy and face off in city squares against hulking metal monsters. Meticulously designed physics presents players with a solid melee fighter.

Recommendation: Possibly the best boxing game on the market and it’s in early access.

AmaranTime, from Joshua Angeley

Price: $4.99

Control time to shoot down enemies and dodge incoming fire in the very minimalistic AmaranTime.

Recommendation: Keep an eye on it in early access.

Pixel bomb! Bomb!!, from Uborm

Price: $2.99

This strangely named game involves taking on waves of enemies in a retro pixel styled world. Take on enemies from every direction with the princess occasionally help you fight.

Recommendation: Simple wave fighter that stands out for its visuals, but there are better games.

One Dark Night, from Emblematic Group

Price: Free

One Dark Night is an experience that recreates the slaying of Trayvon Martin by recreating the area via the 911 calls from that night.

Recommendation: It’s free, but not an easy thing to watch.

Dimensional from Brett Jackson

Price: $4.99

Dimensional is a first-person physics puzzler that tasks you with getting through various chambers in order to save an alien race.

Recommendation: Solid and challenging grab for the price.

Heaven Forest – VR MMO, from Fabio Ferrara

Price: $0.59(Currently Discounted)

MMOs are going to be quite intriguing experiences in virtual reality so many developers will try to tackle the experience in unique ways. Heaven Forest puts you in a peaceful area to reflect in with calm exploration.

Recommendation: Not much to this game even at the price.

Void Rangers, from Martin Senovsky

Price: $14.39 (Currently Discounted)

Void Rangers is an intense sci-fi defense shooter. Work for upgrades to your weaponry and shoot your way up the leaderboards.

Recommendation: Visually impressive and solid shooter only in early access. Keep an eye on it.

Punch Bomb, from Chris Folea

Price: $5.03 (Currently Discounted)

In a couple game modes, put on various quirky gloves and put your hand-eye coordination to the test as you punch various objects.

Recommendation: Fun way to burn off some calories. Keep an eye on in early access.

Balloon Chair Death Match, from Climax Studios Ltd

Price: $14.99 (Currently Discounted)

Balloon Chair Death Match is a challenging, multiplayer aerial shooter where you inflate your balloons to go higher and shoot out the balloons of enemy players.

Recommendation: We recently reported on the shooter and noted this couch shooter was definitely worth your attention.

Nancy’s Summer VR, from Silver Moon Internet, 银月网络

Price: $9.99

Nancy’s Summer VR is a dating simulator that drops you and a virtual companion into your own island paradise. Includes a collection of activities from shooting pictures in viewing mode to playing different mini-games that simulate the date.

Recommendation: Tough choice to make at this price point.

Salvage OP, from D.W.S.

Price: $4.79 (Currently Discounted)

Using your head mounted flashlight and dual weapons, explore the overrun vessels of Salvage Op in deep space.

Recommendation: Out of early access now but pass on this.

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Billiard: VR, from USIMG

Price: $4.49 (Currently Discounted)

Billiard: VR is simple a game where you play the classic sport in a virtual environment.

Recommendation: Pass on this but look out for more billiards in VR.

Kiya, from Emblematic Group

Price: Free to play

Kiya is narrative VR experience that tells the gruesome story of two sisters attempting to rescue their third sister from a domestic violence situation. Utilizes emergency calls to create the scenes.

Recommendation: Another difficult story retold in VR. Watch at your own risk.

Vox-L, from Multi-Dimensional Games

Price: $9.99

This sandbox VR experience lets you play with blocks in tons of different ways and create within the virtual playground. You can invite friends and download different apps to add mini-games or manipulate terrain.

Recommendation: Essentially VR Minecraft-lite with lots of potential.

WackyMoles, from CrystalGame

Casually whack a few moles over the head with your mallets in this arcade game. Stand your ground in your background against various moles.

Price: $5.99 (Currently Discounted)

Recommendation: Good family-friendly fun.

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  • unreal_ed

    You say that Nancy’s Summer VR is a tough choice but i think it’s going to be a very easy choice for a good number of people

  • unreal_ed

    I really like that WackyMoles is doing the Time Crisis thing of putting bullets that hurt you inside of a big reticle. In general, the VR industry has a lot to learn from Time Crisis though

  • Mohit Anand

    After trying almost 100 games on Vive I am now getting tired. Every week you just get to have games which you can play once or twice, no games so far are compelling enough to play again and again. Maybe Serious Sam is the only game worth playing everyday but apart from that it’s getting repetitive and boring.

    • Julien de Melo

      Try Elite Dangerous.

    • Zach Rivenbark

      Raw Data. Legend of Luca. Holopoint. Doll City. Audio Shield. Tilt Brush.

      • Mohit Anand

        Yes, Holopoint is good, but considering that I am approx 100 Kgs, can’t play it for a long time 🙁

        • koenshaku

          Arizona Sunshine, Thrill of the fight, Vanishing Realms

    • Aran Price

      Try Onward, a multiplayer mil sim shooter. I felt the same as you but Onward has completely changed my mind.

      • Mohit Anand

        Ok, thanks for the suggestion, will try it today.

    • NobleBrutus

      I keep going back to Rec Room (I love the paintball) and Onward. Others I’ve finished the game by now like The Gallery etc. But with your general statement… there are quite a few I’ve only played once or twice.

      • Ryu0rKen

        There are few games in general that I play more than once. VR has nothing to do with it. The only games I play over and over are online shooters that are meant to change every game.

      • Mohit Anand

        Oh then I am sure I fought with or against you in Rec Room, I am in the paintball room most of the time.

    • Stoltenbergen

      If you want some exercise, try SoundBoxing with wrist weights of your choice. Awesome, fun workout.

      • Mohit Anand

        Yes, already have 3 boxing games but wish they had tennis for VR. They now don’t even have tennis for PS4 so don’t know what’s wrong with these tennis game developers.

    • Jonathan Vlietstra

      Art of Fight is Counterstrike in VR, tons of fun. I have played many hours of that.
      Arizona sunshine is maybe 4 hours long, then you can play again in hard mode, or play horde mode for a wave shooter, and has coop (co op makes horde mode better!)

      • Mohit Anand

        Just started on Arizona Sunshine, its quite cool.

    • John Aurelio

      Have you tried Project Cars? I’ve enjoyed hours of challenging gameplay. You do need a decent steering wheel, which will set you back a couple of hundred dollars.

      • Mohit Anand

        Already have it on PS4 so ca’t buy again for VR. Or is it REALLY worth it to play the game again on Vive? Please suggest.

    • David Yambay

      Or you can get Vorpx and have some fun with it. I use Vorpx to play games like Borderlands 2 in a VR environment. It is a lot of fun to be able to look around in the real world and have it do the same in game. You have to tune the settings to each individual game, but you can save profiles to make it easy.

  • Flavio Tomaz

    I want AAA games, gona wait for 2017 or i sell this shit

    • USModerateMan

      AAA games for ESTABLISHED platforms take YEARS to produce using tools that have DECADES of cultivating… Just sell your shit now and go back to XBox.

      • Chris Braeuer

        lol i would rather play auduoshild, medium, spt and co. until the rest of my life before ever play a game on a tv or monitor again.

    • Alex Bowles

      That’s cool. Hopefully you’ll sell it to some truly creative kid who can use it to build the worlds that everyone else will eventually inhabit. Or you can change your focus and can become one of those people yourself.

      How?

      1. Get GoogleEarth VR. This + Wikipedia and you can explore the world forever.
      2. Get Tiltbrush and learn to draw in three dimensions. Do this daily for a year and you’ll be a VR god.
      3. Get SoundStage and learn to compose music with it. Again, daily practice for a year and you’ll be omgwow.
      4. Get Destinations, read the wikis on Photogrammetry, and build another fantastic skill.
      5. Get EditorVR fron Unity and put all these pieces together.

      If consumption is your thing, PSVR or Rift would have been a better buy. If you’re willing and able to create, the Vive is magic.

      • Chris Braeuer

        get medium and learn to create stuff. play audioshild each day and shape your body. there are also lots of wbs out there were you can fight for the leaderboards… so much stuff

  • Kris Butler

    Avoid VR Invaders if you don’t like old school StarForce DRM on your system… pointless in 2016…

  • companyoflosers

    if only a big developer would make a GAME and not an experience with vr the floodgates would open up and my investment will have been worth it. until then more of the same…

    • NobleBrutus

      Fallout 4 VR is happening! That should be expansive enough… It will also fully utilise the Vive which is amazing. We can all be grateful for Bethesda’s spat with Oculus.

      • companyoflosers

        It will still work fully with oculus, it just won’t be on their store. And I’m not sure about fallout 4 in vr. Last I checked they were gonna do a point and telephoto where u wanna go kind of thing. For some reason developers have it in their heads that they can’t just use plain old analog sticks for movement like normal and still allow players to use motion controls. Teleworking is really dumb Imola for vr gaming.

        • Crankium

          The teleportation is really because of the motion sickness for some from what I understand might be wrong idk

    • Aaron Ramos

      To risky for them, no one knows how to make good VR yet… motion sickens, eye fatigue, good movement mechanics, compelling story while keeping an open world feel. Let the little guys figure it out, then when the money is there, they will dive in.

  • tvguy

    Thanks! 🙂

  • Jacob

    I am torn between the vive and the rift. The rift seems to have games more geared towards core gamers. I have tried the rift and liked the games that i was able to demo with the touch. There is however no place where i live to try out the vive