New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 12/19/16

by Charles Singletary • December 23rd, 2016

Along with Steam’s Winter Sale and Oculus’ as well, there’s a massive number of new Vive games to choose from this week at discounted prices. Deisim is one of the more curious highlights, giving us a god simulator from the VR perspective as you watch over your AI villagers or destroy the society they build. Mass Exodus is a fun 1v1 experience that adopts a play style utilized in games like Dead by Daylight and Friday the 13th where the VR user hunts the PC player as he attempts to escape a factory.

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.

inVR, from inVR, Inc.

Price: Free

inVR is a platform where creators can publish and display their many 3D art installations. The app claims to currently has work from over 200,000 members of the community — it works outside of VR too according to the Steam page.

Recommendation: Cool look into 3D art in a virtual space. For exactly zero dollars.

Smash Party VR, from Viacom Next

Price: Free

The Smash Party is a regular event hosted by Titmouse, an animation company, where people destroy all kinds of things. They teamed up with Viacom Next to put together this smashing virtual experience based on the real event.

Recommendation: Smash Party VR is free so don’t miss giving it a try.

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Wild Game Hunter VR, from fletcher.richman and owockitalki

Price: $8.99 (Currently Discounted)

Engage in the age old hunting tradition in Wild Game Hunter VR as you seek out and take down your game in this virtual woodland.

Recommendation: Production quality leaves much to be desired. Pass on this one. We’re still waiting on that VR hunting killer app.

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Craftmas, from Freeform Labs

Price: $2.99 (Currently Discounted)

In this sandbox experience, you can create your own Christmas ornaments and decorate your virtual space freely.

Recommendation: Festive creative fun for the family. Not much here if you’re looking for something meaty, though.

Cosmos Crash VR, from Viriver Network Technology Co., Ltd.

Price: $4.99 (Currently Discounted)

Cosmos Crash VR brings a sci-fi feel to the casual match-three genre. Quickly match the colors in 10 different areas that require different strategies to clear the marbles.

Recommendation: Simple, but good fun if you’re a big puzzle game fan. Not a terribly inventive use of VR.

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Weird creatures, from mchernykh

Price: $8.99 (Currently Discounted)

Within 4 levels players are tasked with protecting their vehicle from a diverse collection of creatures, earning as much experience as possible, and using earned credits to upgrade equipment.

Recommendation: Feels cheap and thrown together. Pass.

Danger Room, from Actually Sane Studios

Price: $4.79 (Currently Discounted)

Sadly not based on the infamous danger room utilized by comic book’s favorite mutants, this Danger Room pits you against waves of turrets as you slow time, dodge lasers, and suck in bullets to return fire.

Recommendation: The ammo quirk makes this a fun deviation from the usual defense shooter. Grab it if you’re running low on stuff to play.

VR Monster Awakens, from FIGHT4DREAM LIMITED

Price: $11.04 (Currently Discounted)

Live out that one dream you had and play as the gigantic monster that ravages a city in VR Monster Awakens.

Recommendation: In Early Access and you should definitely keep your eye on it to see if value grows.

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Pinheads Bowling VR, from Midnight Studios, Inc

Price: $10.79 (Currently Discounted)

Line up your shot in your own personal bowling alley. Offers modes that cater to room-scale, standing, and sitting VR modes along with humorous animated pins.

Recommendation: It’s something different for a VR bowling game — keep an eye on it.

Warka Flarka Flim Flam, from Cabbibo, Mikael Emtinger

Price: $1.69 (Currently Discounted)

In this unique casual puzzler you use your hand eye coordination to maintain a connection of orbs as you bounce them through goals.

Recommendation: Cheap casual fun. Grab it.

The Price of Freedom, from Construct Studio

Price: Free

As Agent Zero, you’re tasked with assassinating a radical who infiltrates a CIA facility to steal chemical weapon research. This is the first in a series of narrative episodes.

Recommendation: A free, engaging story that could expand. Check it out. Great talent behind it.

Old Friend, from Tyler Hurd

Price: $2.99

Old Friend is a quirky, vibrant, and psychedelic dance party where you essentially participate in the music video with various dance routines.

Recommendation: Snatch this up and dance with no shame.

Crazy Max VR, from Engineering Office Fink

Price: $16.99 (Currently Discounted)

This room scale shooter places you in various environments while you take on different creatures and bosses. Put your duel guns to work while you teleport to avoid enemy attacks.

Recommendation: Pass on this one. You can get deeper and more fun experiences at this price point.

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Fireworks Desert Blast, from Karman Interactive

Price: Free

Alone in a desert, mess around with dangerous fireworks without fear of bodily harm to yourself or others. Let your imagination flourish in the night sky.

Recommendation:Very limited options for play, even for a free game. 

Vertigo, from Zach Tsiakalis-Brown, George Eracleous, Errol Bucy

Price: $14.99

Explore a quantum reactor and the parallel universes within as you shoot and fight your way through this exciting title. The reactor is abandoned by there may be secrets to unveil…

Recommendation: Fantastic experience that is a VR must have. Highly recommended at this stage.

House of Meditation, from Cerevrum Inc.

Price: $6.99

Last week, we highlighted a few VR experiences that provided escapes from the real world in calm environments. House of Meditation offers 8 locations for that same purpose with a calming voice as a guide to inner peace.

Recommendation: A peaceful ordeal worth adding to your collection if you don’t have a different meditation app of choice already.

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Holiday Simulator: Wacky Sleigh Ride, from Hyperator VR Innovation Labs

Price: $2.99

Wacky Sleigh Ride is a Christmas theme on-rails shooter where you toss presents from your sleigh into houses. Do as much as you can before the sun comes up and work up the leaderboards.

Recommendation: Casual fun but nothing amazing. Lacks staying power.

Domino Craft VR, from LusionSoft

Price: $8.99 (Currently Discounted)

Without the chore of cleaning things up, Domino Craft VR lets you put together some fun chain reactions in fantastic theme worlds.

Recommendation: Specific casual fun that’s worth the buy if you have the patience. 

aMAZEing adventures, from Ascendant Studio s.r.o.

Price: $9.89 (Currently Discounted)

Guide the ball through various mazes by controlling the maze’s orientation with the motion controller. This is the immersive VR version of a classic past-time that drops you into exciting settings.

Recommendation: Responsive and fun, but may be a bit pricey unless you’re really into mazes. 

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Island Getaway, from Frosted Brain

Price: $7.99 (Currently Discounted)

Another escapism experience gives you an island of experiences like bowling and archery to keep yourself entertained. Currently in early access and the team is working the community on new ideas.

Recommendation: Keep an eye on it in Early Access.

Gladius, from Multiverse

Price: $7.99 (Currently Discounted)

Engage in your brutal fantasy as you enter the coliseum and fight for your survival. Severe limbs in this bloody sword fighting simulator set in ancient Rome and face other fighters and even tigers.

Recommendation: Another game worth watching in Early Access as it develops.

Brian’s High Velocity Research Center, from Zach Tsiakalis-Brown and Raul Bravo

Price: Free to Play

Brian’s High Velocity Research Center drops you into various maps as you fly, jet, and trick your way around the environment.

Recommendation: Lots of fun but be careful if you’re easily susceptible to motion sickness.

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TacoFace, from KLNK Inc.

Price: $0.99

This pixelated casual shooter gives you rocket launchers for arms and lasers for eyes as you take down waves of flying objects while eating as many tacos as you can. Climb the leaderboards in Survival or Time Attack modes.

Recommendation: A steal for the price. It’s Taco Tuesday every day with this one.

Robot City Stadium, from Virtual Vengeance

Price: $8.49 (Currently Discounted)

Engage in the Tron-like disc combat game with Robot City Stadium. Train against bots until you’re ready to take on other players in this competitive experience.

Recommendation: May experience some network issues, but those will likely be ironed out during Early Access. Grab it.

Sairento VR, from Mixed Realms Pte Ltd.

Price: $19.99 (Currently Discounted)

Sairento is a cyberpunk action game where the developers wanted to provide intense and engaging sword-fighting and gunplay throughout various missions.

Recommendation: A lot of fun even in Early Access. Could end up being a must have game. Maybe wait a bit longer at this price.

Nemesis Perspective, from Evocat Games

Price: $8.99 (Currently Discounted)

Nemesis Perspective pits you against a friend as one of you plays the hero and the other the massive villain. It’s a neat way to pit VR users against users that only have a controller.

Recommendation: A good buy for the unique multiplayer aspect alone.

Teratini VR, from Shiny Moss

Price: $9.99

Defend against invaders and restore life to the land of Teratini. Dodge and utilize your weapons as you take down enemies with your chosen dragon companion.

Recommendation: Underwhelming for now, but has time in early access to evolve.

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Quizality – Christmas!, from UV Games Ltd

Price: $3.49 (Currently Discounted)

This Christmas themed game presents festive trivia set across 3 rounds in a winter wonderland.

Recommendation: Inexpensive themed grab. If you’re not compelled just yet, see if more content is added in Early Access after the holidays.

Chunky Orbits, from Don Whitaker

Price: $1.33 (Currently Discounted)

Chunky Orbits is a sandbox where players can experiment with gravity in their own section of space. Fill your area with boulders, stars, comets, and more.

Recommendation: Cheap pick-up-and-play distraction to come back to on occasion.

President Erect VR, from Ape Man Robot

Price: Free to Play

President Erect VR is a lewd casual game where you can punch away your frustrations at Trump with your hands or a collection of celebrity dildos.

Recommendation: Free. Choose wisely here, though.

Heavy Impact, from Studio Captivate

Price: $19.99

Heavy Impact thrusts you into the ring as a robot boxer. Bob, weave, slow down time, and strike as you become the best fighter in the competition.

Recommendation: Keep an eye on this as it develops in Early Access. Could turn into one of the better brawlers.

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Gooblins, from Deform Studio, LLC

Price: $8.99

Use machine guns, rockets, and grenades to take down the quirky gooblins in this defense shooter. Survive fireballs, plasma, and kamikaze attacks as you climb the leaderboards.

Recommendation: Kid friendly wave shooter if you’re looking for one.

The Crypts of Anak Shaba – VR, from Virtual Rage Studios LLC

Price: $8.57 (Currently Discounted)

In these dark Crypts, you’ll use swords and sorcery to survive the vicious creatures that await you in the shadows.

Recommendation: Rough work in progress. May improve, so pass for now.

VR-Xterminator, from Since Idea Games

Price: $4.99.

VR-Xterminator brings pixelated classic arcade flavor to VR in this indie shooter. Control your platform and engage enemies while managing an active reload system to work your way up to a high score.

Recommendation: It’s another wave shooter. Are you tired of them yet?

Magic Hour, from Wolf in Motion Ltd

Price: $3.34 (Currently Discounted)

In Magic Hour you’re given your own virtual island to manipulate and experiment to get the perfect photos. The virtual SLR mimics real life camera physics.

Recommendation: A very niche experience that’s certainly worth your attention if it’s your type of thing.

Santa Sling, from 8th Shore, Inc.

Price: $8.09 (Currently Discounted)

Similar to another experience released this week, play as Santa in Santa Sling and deliver presents throughout this town the best way you can: via slingshot.

Recommendation: Polished holiday game with good casual gameplay.

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Warhammer: Vermintide VR – Hero Trials, from Fatshark

Price: Free

We previously reported on upcoming VR gameplay for this shooter and the Hero Trials have finally arrived. Pick up one of the weapons around you and prove yourself to the Heroes of Ubersreik. Includes co-op.

Recommendation: Free and fun look into the Vermintide world.

Eagle Flight, from Ubisoft Montreal Studio

Price: $35.99

We reviewed Eagle Flight on Oculus Rift and PS VR before and now this fun flight has come to HTC Vive. Explore this world devoid of humans and see incredible sights as an eagle.

Recommendation: A bit pricey, but the sense of flight and the intense action is certainly recommended.

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Smoots Tennis Survival Zombia, from Kaneda Games

Price: $4.24 (Currently Discounted)

Defend Smoots from a horde of zombies by using your tennis racket to deflect fireballs into the shambling monsters.

Recommendation: Quirky wave shooter but the physics are a bit off. Pass for now.

Serious Sam VR: The First Encounter, from Croteam VR

Price: $35.99 (Currently Discounted)

After the impressive debut of Serious Sam on VR, the dev team surprised everyone with a VR remake of Sam’s original encounter with full locomotion.

Recommendation: We recently reported on this title and even in Early Access it’s worth your money if you can handle it.

SwingStar VR, from Computer Lunch and Zero Eden Games

Price: $7.19 (Currently Discounted)

In SwingStar players user a sticky hand to grappel and swing around the cartoon word. Includes 24 levels, mysterious doors to secret levels, and 72 stars to collect to unlock a new world.

Recommendation: Reminds of classic platformers at times. We recommend picking this one up if you don’t get motion sick.

Drone Hunter VR, from VR VISIO

Price: $8.99 (Currently Discounted)

It’s time for someone to defend the world against an alien invasion. Your reflexes will be pushed to the limits as you embrace the role of a robot and take down waves of drones as you prove you’re worthy of the task.

Recommendation: A fun wave shooter if you have room for another. But who does at this point?

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VR the Anime Girls Method, from AG Directions Inc.

Price: $19.99

In this virtual experience, have anime themed women cheer you on as you work out in virtual spaces through various mini-games. Can’t help you if you eat pizza too much (developer’s note).

Recommendation: Pass. Mini-games are better represented and more responsive in other titles.

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Picturesque VR, from Beijing Omnicity Technology Co., Ltd

Price: $4.99

This visually stimulating virtual experience tasks you with collecting lost memories through a serious of puzzles. Teleport to different areas via artifacts and figure out the strange world of Picturesque.

Recommendation: Intriguing adventure game that last about 30 minutes or so. Decent price for that length here.

Spacecats with Lasers VR, from Bitten Toast Games Inc., Guilherme Cunha, Daniel Snd, Thiago Adamo

Price: $7.99

In this game your VR controllers are spacecats firing lasers as you dodge and take on waves of enemies in outer space.

Recommendation: If you need another reason other than there being cats with lasers, it’s pretty fun.

QuiVr, from Blueteak

Price: $15.99 (Currently Discounted)

Even in Early Access, the developers of QuiVR are trying to produce the definitive VR archery experience. Finally releasing outside of the free demo, the game features drop in/out multiplayer, customizable gear, spectator mode, and more.

Recommendation: Great physics and lots of fun. Definitely a must have.

BasementVR, from Adam Roszyk, Mariusz Lewandowski, Karol Anioła

Price: Free

BasementVR gives you a personal dwelling you can shape into whatever you want, be it an exhibition for your art or a social gathering for friends.

Recommendation: Free social app with lots of options for customization. Grab it.

Deisim, from Myron Software

Price: $6.79 (Currently Discounted)

Play as the god of this virtual world and reign over your AI villagers as they build a society…or destroy everything with natural disasters. Totally your call.

Recommendation: Perfect genre to take advantage of the VR perspective. Keep an eye on it in Early Access.

Binary Trigger, from One Lives Left

Price: $7.64 (Currently Discounted)

Binary Trigger is a wave shooter with precise controls where you utilize your hand-eye coordination and quick reflexes to boost your high score to its peak.

Recommendation: See how it evolves while in Early Access before purchasing. Pass for now.

Mass Exodus, from Polymerse

Price: $6.29 (Currently Discounted)

Mass Exodus adopts a similar multiplayer experience utilized in games like Dead by Daylight and Friday the 13th, tasking a PC user with shutting down four generators to escape the factory while the VR user seeks them out.

Recommendation: Great 1v1 multiplayer experience. Grab it.

Escape the Bunker, from Virtual Escapes, Inc.

Price: $3.99

This escape the room game forces your to explore a series of connected rooms as you figure your way out of the bunker.

Recommendation: There are better escape experiences to be had.

Arcane, from Offpeak Games

Price: $7.99 (Currently Discounted)

Arcane is a frantic wave shooter that swaps lasers for swords and shields. You’re given the option of a more active play-style where you dodge as well as fight, but you can also just deflect and take enemies down.

Recommendations: One of the more unique wave shooters. Worth grabbing if you’re not buried in the genre yet.

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Random Journey, from Nova Dimension

Price: $5.99 (Currently Discounted)

In Random Journey, players fight against more than 40 characters by choosing from mysterious plates.

Recommendations: Not very fun considering every single decision is luck based. It’s also keyboard/mouse only.

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  • AW Concentrates

    BAM the game Bullets and More” is my top pick for VR FPS Onward is a good runner up. Go download BAM demo and check it out. Its a must buy in my opinion.

    • DougP

      Re: “New HTC Vive Releases For The Week Of 12/19/16” / “BAM the game” is my top pick”

      I don’t think BAM “Bullets & More” came out this week.

  • tvguy

    Thanks, a few good ones this week. Picking up Vertigo for sure.

    • DougP

      It’s worth it – great game!
      I’d been following this since the 1st/early demo. Really outstanding work.

  • Mohit Anand

    A new Serious Sam already! Isn’t that cheating us? Why not bring it as an update to Serious Sam VR: The Last Hope? Sairento VR is amazing.

    • DougP

      Re: “Isn’t that cheating us?”
      *cheating* – I don’t think that means what you think it means. 😉