Welcome to a new week of HTC Vive releases, far removed from the storm that was the Steam summer sale. Things are somewhat back to normal and we have a couple highlights to check out. Balloon Chair Death Match is a unique deathmatch concept that takes really good advantage of VR’s immersion by having you up in the air trying to shoot down your enemy’s balloons while fearing it happening to yourself. Radioactive is an Early Access project that is hoping to provide a deep open-world survival title that is reminiscent of games like Day Z and H1Z1.
In the meantime, if you missed the previous iteration of this list, 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
Hover Bots VR, from Khizer Awan
Price: $4.74 (Currently Discounted)
In Hover Bots, you can experience the freedom of flying by hopping on your virtual hover board and chasing after robot birds around the city to capture them with your web gun.
Recommendation: Not much to it. Save that money to spend elsewhere.
Kart Racing Pro, from PiBoSo
Kart Racing Pro is a simulation experience intended to serve as a tool to train real drivers. The game’s physics system is built from scratch, hoping to accurately simulate kart dynamics.
Recommendation: This is a highly detailed simulation of kart racing. Not intended for casual gamers, but not bad for hardcore fans.
CloudCity VR, from Floating Point Interactive
Price: $10.55 (Currently Discounted)
CloudCity VR gives you a platform to build your dream metropolis up among the clouds. You’ll have to grow your economy and keep your citizens happy, able to view the denizens from the perspective of a giant overlord or close up as one among the people.
Recommendation: Definitely check this one out.
Balloon Chair Death Match, from Climax Studios Ltd
Price: $11.99 (Currently Discounted)
In a world where balloons are the premier way to get around, you must battle through dogfights where you shoot out your enemies balloons. There’s a single player campaign with 14 missions over two cities, a single player deathmatch, multiplayer deathmatch, and survival mode.
Recommendation: Definitely one of the best arcade shooters we’ve seen in a while.
Red Bull 360, from Red Bull Media House
Red Bull 360 gives you access to a collection of 360-degree videos for intense activities such as surfing huge wakes, drifting in a race car, doing a handstand atop a city bridge, and much more.
Recommendation: This is some free, intense action. Go for it.
Everyday Gold VR, from WISECAT
Price: $33.99 (Currently Discounted)
Everyday Golf is a VR golfing title where the developers have attempted to strike a perfect balance between fun and realism. The game includes 63 holes, a competitive mode for up to four players, and a tour mode where you can play for prizes once-a-day.
Recommendation: If you’re interested in golf, this could be a definitive entry for you.
Power Fist VR, from Applemint
In Power Fist, you must keep your city safe using a collection of special gear to take on various terrible creatures that have spawned from a lab’s secret experiment. There are seven missions to fight through and an included survival mode where you can compare scores with others.
Recommendation: Take a look but consider other similar options out there too.
VR SHOOT AROUND, from BoninblueDesignLab
In VR SHOOT AROUND you can spend some time on a realistically modeled court with true-to-life physics and a collection of customization tools for your experience. You can even throw up a video that plays while you shoot around, turning this into a chill and fun environment to experience your media in.
Recommendation: This could a great addition for anyone interested in some VR b-ball.
Late For Work, from Salmi Games
In Late For Work you play as a giant gorilla while wearing your VR headset and take on up to four puny human friends outside of VR on the PC screen as they drive around the city in vehicles. The fast rounds provide a party style game where everyone gets a turn.
Recommendation: This is a must-have for local VR multiplayer activities with only one VR headset on hand.
Survivor VR, from Lucid Dream Studio
Price: $6.79 (Currently Discounted)
Survivor VR drops you into a ramshackle building that is barely holding together during an earthquake. You must use the equipment around you to survive, avoid danger, and find your way out of the building safely.
Recommendation: This is a visually impressive survival experience worth considering for fans of the genre.
Radioactive, from Dissident Interactive
Price: $13.59 (Currently Discounted)
Radioactive is an open world zombie survival game where you must scavenge, hunt, and survive. This follows the model of popular survival titles where there’s no handholding as you figure out the mechanics as you progress through an unforgiving world with no save files or extra lives.
Recommendation: Definitely keep an eye on this during Early Access. There will be multiplayer added in the future.
Tunnel Runner VR, from Mocove Studio
Price: $1.79 (Currently Discounted)
In Tunnel Runner, you must run through infinite space filled with twisted tunnels in various fantasy-inspired environments. The game is a simple, casual experience with basic controls and some catchy music to keep you entertained and engaged as you play.
Recommendation: Pass, unless you love endless runners.
Retro Block VR, from Mocove Studio
Price: $1.79 (Currently Discounted)
So…Tetris, but with worse controls?
Recommendation: A bit of a wonky title that didn’t really need VR support. Skip this one.
GORN, from Free Lives
GORN is an incredibly violent gladiator simulator with physics-driven combat and extremely bloody collisions. You can use swords, maces, throwing knives, nunchucks, and more to take out your adversaries or just use your bare hands.
Recommendation: This is a must-have for fans of brutal violence. Read our hands-on impressions.
The Muybridge Mausoleum, from Most Ancient
Price: $0.89 (Currently Discounted)
Muybridge Mausoleum blends shadow play, magic lanterns, and early film set designs for a unique art installation in VR. The experience is 10-20 minutes where you must activate 5 animal spirits as you journey through the vibrant set.
Recommendation: Check this one out if you’re into dynamic art.
Viral EX, from Fierce Kaiju Ltd
Price: $8.49 (Currently Discounted)
Playing as Ragnarok the anti-virus, Viral EX tasks you with cleaning up a supercomputer called E.V.E. You’ll use power-ups and different trick shots as you progress through 50 stages of enemies, traps, and puzzles.
Recommendation: It’s ultimately a port of a Gear VR game, but there is fun to be had here if you like arcade-style shooters.
New HTC Vive Releases on Viveport
No new releases on Viveport this week as of the time of writing.