This week’s collection of new HTC Vive releases isn’t exceptionally lengthy, but it does provide a handful of interesting experiences. The highest profile of the bunch arrives alongside a film counterpart with fans taking on the role of an infamous assassin in John Wick Chronicles. We reviewed the game and, while it lacks depth, it’s a solid tie-in to what’s becoming a major franchise. An experience that’s on the complete opposite of the scale from the wave shooting of John Wick is Vision Therapy VR, a collection of exercises to supplement your eye’s health. It’s a simple experience, but another example of how VR has a great deal of potential when blending beneficial and entertainment experiences.
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.
Thunderbird: The Legend Begins, from
In the first chapter of Thunderbird, The Legend Begins takes you into the heart of an ancient realm of myth and legend. This introductory chapter serves as an example of what can be achieved in a room-scale adventure experience.
Recommendation: Very short (15-20 minutes) but may be the introduction to a very interesting world.
Vision Therapy VR, from
Vision Therapy VR is just what the title says, providing a collection of exercises for your eye muscles.
Recommendation: Pretty functional and fun way to manage a part of your health. Not super useful for most people though.
VRog, from ByteRockers’ Games
Price: $2.99 (Currently Discounted)
The experience you’ve all been waiting for…the virtual life of a frog. In VRog you either leap your way around a pond and try to find something to eat, run away from a stork, or play in party mode to set scores against your friends.
Recommendation: Casual arcade fun for cheap. Grab it if you dig silly.
John Wick Chronicles, from Starbreeze Studios, Grab Games, GamecoStudios, Big Red Button
Right on time for the theatrical debut of John Wick: Chapter 2, John Wick Chronicles gives VR players the chance to become the infamous assassin. We recently had the opportunity to interview the president of Lionsgate Interactive about it as well. The game is a wave shooter that embraces the style and intensity of the film.
Recommendation: Very polished and fun, but fairly short. Keep that in mind before you make the purchase. Full review.
Pyro VR, from Virtual Light VR
This visually compelling experience asks you to let your inner pyromaniac loose in the safety of VR and tinker with a bunch of different types of fireworks. You can set up intricate firework shows or just blow everything up.
Recommendation: A unique way to get creative in VR, but a little pricey given the scope.
Dimensional Rift, from
Dimensional Rift is an arcade game where you wield your sword and shield and take on waves of projectiles so you can survive as long as possible.
Recommendation: Free and forgiving gameplay…but not a really compelling grab.
PowersVR, from Pseudocode Games
Price: $7.19 (Currently Discounted)
The classic power fantasy is on display in PowersVR as you take on the role of a comic book superhero…or villain. In this game you control of group of either with the goal to conquer Metropolis Island.
Recommendation: Very fun concept and is shaping up to be a good game. Keep an eye on it throughout Early Access and make the leap if it clicks for you.
Archery Practice VR, from Virtual Rage Studios LLC
Price: $1.19 (Currently Discounted)
Become a master archer in Archery Practice VR, the target shooting simulation. Switch between three different arrow types to take down 5 types of targets across five targeting locations.
Recommendation: Pass on this one. There are plenty of better archery options.
Break Time!, from Space Toast Games
Break Time! is a free physics sandbox where your task is simply to destroy all that you can. Grab items, slam them into things, or throw them across the room.
Recommendation: A free stress reliever! Grab it.
Tomorrow, from Future Lighthouse
In Tomorrow, take a journey through human evolution as you see them grow from prehistoric caves and amazonian jungles to the top of the Himalayas.
Recommendation: An experience that’s worth the free install. Grab it.
VR Golf Online, from MAUMGOLF Co., Ltd.
Price: $14.99 (Currently Discounted)
It’s been a little while, but here we have another virtual golf simulator. VR Golf Online includes 36 realistic golf courses (with more planned) where you can practice your technique with a full roster of clubs.
Recommendation: Robust and visually appealing sim that you should definitely add to your library if you’re interested in golf at all.
MonkeyKing VR, from Gene Games Technology
The classic tale Journey to the West serves as the backdrop to this wonderfully colorful tower defense game. In MonkeyKing VR, you must move guardians around platforms to protect your inhibitor from 20 waves of monsters with 5 seconds in between each wave.
Recommendation: Visually appealing but limited in content. Pass for now but keep an eye on it to see if it evolves.
VRemin, from Heiko Ihde
Price: $0.89 (Currently Discounted)
In VRemin, players get their hands a virtual theremin so that you can learn to play with the electrical instrument. There are four oscillators to choose from and a virtual stage for you to test your skill.
Recommendation: Pretty niche. Pass unless you’re really interested in learning to play this.
SpaceJourney VR, from GEESCAN
Price: $3.67 (Currently Discounted)
SpaceJourney VR is a sci-fi escape the room game where you solve puzzles and collect items to unravel the full story about the stars you’re out to save.
Recommendation: Relatively pretty and interesting at a cheap price. Check it out if you like space!