Welcome to a new addition of the HTC Vive new releases! This week you’ve got some horror, some virtual tabletop strategy, treehouse basketball, and much more. Our first highlight is VR Home, an Early Access sandbox that is shaping up to be an incredible experience. In it, you build virtual your room or a large home to your liking and watch movies or YouTube videos on one of your televisions or interact in many other ways. Next up is SYREN, a horrific survival game that truly immerses you into the intense experience with its lack of systems as said by our reviewer.
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.
TRESPASS – Episode 2, from vROTEIN Inc.
Price: $15.99 (Currently Discounted)
Assist Samuel Rodriguez through a collection of environments and puzzles as you seek clues and complete tasks in TRESPASS – Episode 2. You’ll work through calm moments and exciting scenes as you try to escape your predicament.
Recommendation: An action intense escape experience that improves on the previous episode. A bit pricey, but worth it if you tried Episode 1.
Cubians VR, from IKINA GAMES
In Cubians VR, you’ll tap your strategic prowess as you defeat your enemies in this voxel defense virtual boardgame. There are four different factions and over 40 different types of Cubians and even boss Ccubians.
Recommendation: Solid addition to your collection of virtual war boardgames.
Bocce Beach, from Funly, LLC
Price: $6.29 (Currently Discounted)
In Bocce Beach, you can transport yourself to your own island paradise and play a game of Bocce. The game also features real-time commentary of your experience and Bocce rankings.
Recommendation: Unless you just absolutely need that Bocce fix, pass on this one.
A God-Like Backhand!, from Q-Ball Games LLC
If you’ve ever needed to retreat into VR to relieve some stress in a bit of violent manner, A God-Like Backhand is here for you. In this game, you take on the role of a god in the world of tiny space cowboys and aliens and you can smack them around and give them the finger in between.
Recommendation: Hilarious premise. Poor execution. Pass on this one.
VR Home, from Dandover
VR Home is a next level virtual escape that provides you with a sandbox where you build your home or room to your liking and interact with it. You’ll be able to play games, stream movie files or YouTube, and customize your living space with decor.
Recommendation: Menus are a bit rough in Early Access, but there’s a ton of potential here once you figure out how to manipulate it all.
SYREN, from Hammerhead VR
Syren is the debut horror game from a UK studio, offering a brief but brutal campaign of terror. You are alone in an underwater research facility, hunted by twisted monsters with very little to defend yourself with. You’ll need to search for a means of escape as you hide from enemies.
Recommendation: Vive owners with a taste for horror shouldn’t miss out on this one. Here’s our review.
HOMEBOUND, from Quixel
Price: $7.19 (Currently Discounted)
HOMEBOUND puts you into a chaotic and seemingly hopeless situation as you careen through the cold void of space toward Earth. Take on a time-attack across three levels or just enjoy the free-roam mode and take in the sights.
Recommendation: Visually appealing but can be uncomfortable for some. Approach with caution.
Sky Sanctuary, from Glitchr Studio
Price: $11.04 (Currently Discounted)
Take your virtual escapism into the skies with Sky Sanctuary as you stroll through a peaceful floating village. Discover the secrets of the sanctuary with the company of a robot and become a samurai master of sword and bow & arrow.
Recommendation: A calming collection of mini-games that’s worth the purchase.
Treehouse Basketball, from Treehouse
In this minimalist casual experience, shoot a few free throws or play a time challenge to test your basketball skill.
Recommendation: Disappointing lack of net physics, but otherwise a pretty and free shoot-around.
THOSE DAMN ALIENS! VR, from Deceptive Games Ltd.
Price: $6.39 (Currently Discounted)
Grab your weapons and get ready to fight off the alien invaders of your space ship in THOSE DAMN ALIENS! Take on waves of enemies in either a campaign or survival mode with multiple weapon types and climb up the competitive leaderboards.
Recommendation: Inexpensive wave shooter but there are better options. Pass on this one unless you really want to shoot aliens.
BeefeaterXO, from Future Lighthouse
Price: Free To Play
BeefeaterXO is the abstract journey through a world inspired by chef Dabiz Munoz who’s earned three Michelin stars for his incredible culinary work. The collaboration with Beefeater will have you sailing across the sky to Bangkok, fighting a cyclops in a Muay Thai ring, and more.
Recommendation: Not the best video quality, but a free trippy treat.
Emmerholt: Prologue, from Oneiric Entertainment LLC
Price: Free To Play
The free experience serves as the gateway to the upcoming open world, story driven world of Emmerholt. As Eli, you will wield magic, ride horses, and take on minions as you get a taste of what the full game will be.
Recommendation: Very solid already and free. Worth checking out.
EnterVR, from Charming Game Studio
Price: $8.99 (Currently Discounted)
EnterVR is a bow & arrow tower defense wave shooter with quirky styles and curious creatures. Fight an all-out war as alien creatures move in your position and use environmental elements to your benefit.
Recommendation: Very cool art style but there are better similar tower defense shooters for the price.
SYMMETRY alpha, from DVERSE Inc.
Price: Free To Play
SYMMETRY alpha is for architecture, engineering, and construction professionals who want to convert CAD files into VR with an intuitive and fluid interface that takes advantage of VR input. It’s aiming to make project sharing and communication efficient.
Recommendation: It has a very narrow target audience but, if this fits your desires, it’s a free tool worth trying.
Kung Fu Ping Pong, from BLAZORS
Price: $0.89 (Currently Discounted)
Kung Fu Ping Pong is an arcade game that takes the sport from a simple experience to high tier levels that require a great deal of finesse.
Recommendation: Needs a great deal of polish in early access. Keep an eye on it.
2017 VR, from Tungsten Game
Another day of existence on planet Earth means another day with a new VR zombie shooter. This time around, in the case of 2017 VR, you can take the fight to the undead with friends by your side in a cooperative affair with a litany of weapons and a nifty skill system.
Recommendation: If you’re bored of existing coop shooters, or want more zombies, then 2017 VR isn’t a bad bet. It’s also not exactly an original idea at this point.
InMind 2 VR
Price: $4.99 (Currently Discounted)
Have you ever wondered what the inside of a brain looks like? InMind 2 VR isn’t exactly a simulation of a brain’s activity, but it gives a psychedelic glimpse at what that might look like as you witness a teenager’s evolution to adulthood. It’s a charming adventure inspired by Disney Pixar’s Inside Out from the creators of InMind and InCell.
Recommendation: Definitely worth a download for fans of InMind, InCell, or other cerebral adventure games.
The Art of Fight, from Raptor-Lab
This one has been around in Early Access for a while but is finally getting the full release treatment this week. It’s a super fast-paced 4v4 shooter with some light parkour and melee combat elements. It channels inspiration from games like Counter-Strike to deliver one of the most intense VR multiplayer shooters around.
Recommendation: If you’re fan of intense VR shooters like Onward and Battle Dome, you should add this to your library.
CuVRball – Unlimited Play DLC, from Hypergolic Games
Unlike what you’d expect, this DLC is priced as high as the core CuVRball game itself was in Early Access. Now, instead, it’s free-to-play for two hours, at which point you can purchase this Unlimited Play DLC item. The free version you can access now is a decent take on a racquetball-style VR game in Early Access, so it’s not a bad concept in and of itself.
Recommendation: Try it out and get the Unlimited Play if you really like it.
Munch VR, from Mostly Harmless Games
Price: $14.99 (Currently Discounted)
The moment you’ve all been waiting for is finally here: you can now finally control a fish in VR as you force it to eat other fish and grow larger over time. Explore the ocean to become as large as possible, but avoid the bigger fish or else you’re someone else’s dinner.
Recommendation: Cute and fun, but we’d recommend waiting on a bigger sale.