Sorry for the absence, our release lists are back now! It’s a light week here on the Oculus front as developers make room for Star Trek: Bridge Crew. That’s a smart move seeing as this is one of the biggest VR games to date, but thanks to Steam you’re not without choices if you’re not really a Trekkie.
New Rift and Gear VR Releases on Oculus Home
Star Trek: Bridge Crew, from Red Storm
Price: $49.99 (Rift)
The long-awaited multiplayer tie-in game to one of the biggest sci-fi franchises on the planet finally arrives. For the first time ever feel like you’re really sitting on the bridge of a U.S.S. starship and issue orders as the captain or help maintain the mission as a crew member.
Recommendation: It’s got it’s issues, but we’re big fans of Bridge Crew. Here is the review.
Shooter’s Alley, from Shovel Tools
Price: $1.99 (Gear)
Well this is the weirdest thing we’ve seen in a while. Shooter’s Alley is a bowling alley where you… shoot stuff. With guns. I’m not entirely sure what the point of any of it is. Sadly the game doesn’t support aiming with the Gear VR controller, which feels like a missed opportunity.
Recommendation: Easily missed.
Agent Hawk, from Tapps Games
Price: $1.99 (Gear)
If you’re the sort that enjoys hidden object games them Agent Hawk looks like a pretty polished take on the genre. Explore multiple rooms looking for various objects. It’s hardly the most thrilling use of VR but it probably appeals to a certain niche.
Recommendation: If this is your type of game then go for it.
New Oculus Rift Releases on Steam
Far Space, from Alexey Glinskiy
Price: $1.19 (Currently Discounted)
Far Space is an immersive trek with a gripping story and shooter elements. Your team is exposed to something unexpected while repairing an orbital station and now you must figure out how to survive. Choices you make throughout will determine your life and the lives of your companions.
Recommendation: It’s an interesting concept that’s poorly executed. Pass on it at the moment.
BARBAR BAR, from Bartoš Studio, TEDI Games
BARBAR BAR is an…um…bar simulator if you couldn’t figure that out from the name. In this sci-fi dig you’ll be memorizing orders from customers and mix them as they’re requested. There are 4 levels for you to conquer and you’ll have to mix faster and faster.
Recommendation: It’s a free memorization game, more or less.
Operation Warcade VR, from Ivanovich Games
Price: $13.99 (Currently Discounted)
Warcade channels classic arcade on-rails shooting for an exciting VR experience. There’s a classic mode with 6 levels and final boss, but there’s also an immersive mode with 108 mission across 36 levels.
Recommendation: Recommended for fans of rail shooters. It’s like stepping inside of an arcade cabinet.
4D Toys, from mtb design works, inc.
4D Toys takes hold of your inner youth by giving you a virtual box of toys to play with. There’s an extra, unique dimension to tool around with and it affects the natural way the toys operate. There are over 100 interactive scenes with more to be added.
Recommendation: A bit pricey for what you get. Just stick to Toybox on Home, it’s free already.
Streetball VR, from Indiecode Games
In Streetball VR, classic arcade streetball returns but with a VR twist. Across 3 maps you can take on opponents in 1 on 1 b-ball with a Hip Hop soundtrack to raise the energy. There’s a practice mode and a time mode for you to experience.
Recommendation: There are better basketball experiences to be found elsewhere, but the visuals are really nice.
Life of Lon: Chapter 1, from Block Interval
As lead character Lon, you’re on a grand adventure through time and the stars. A creature named Yep joins as you work to unlock the mysteries of this world.
Recommendation: A free and visually impressive journey. Give it a shot.
Stunt Kite Masters VR, from HandyGames
Price: $3.99 (Currently Discounted)
Stunt Kite Masters VR brings a one-of-a-kind kite simulation experience that lets you take your custom kite models out into a collection of locations.
Recommendation: This is a virtual escape of a different, and fun, kind. Grab it.
Slice&Dice, from VRotein
Price: $7.99 (Currently Discounted)
In Slice&Dice your objective is to manipulate a collection of puzzles so that you can get the die into the goal. The cubes move at your desire as you push through this complex physics puzzler.
Recommendation: Need some new blood for your puzzle library? Take a look at this one.
BeanVR, from Shenzhen BeanVR Technology Co. Ltd
BeanVR is a social application with highly customizable profiles, multiple spaces, and interactive elements to engage in. The platform welcomes talk-show and cam-girl experiences as well.
Recommendation: It’s free, so definitely take a look and see if it stands out to you.
Relax Walk VR, from Indiecode Games
Relax Walk is a virtual escape that takes you to 6 photo-realistic environments: Mars, Forest, Ocean, China Temple, Oasis, and Apocalypse.
Recommendation: There’s not a ton to do, but the price coupled with the impressive visuals make it worthwhile for fans of eye candy.
Crystal Vibes feat. Ott., from Benjamin Outram
Crystal Vibes is a candy-colored psychedelic experience. Spatial 3D audio provides music synesthesia with production from Ott.
Recommendation: Check it out.
Ripple Effect, from Well Played Studio, Inc.
Price: Free To Play
Ripple Effect is another virtual escape for this week and includes 4 environments along with 5 games to play. The developers are promising a new game each week and you’ll also be able to play with friends. The games included are Spear Toss, Night Flight, Hammer and Shield, Sky Roots, and Mountain King.
Recommendation: Considering it’s free, give it a go. If the developers execute on their promises, this could be a premier VR experience. More info here.
Vanguard V, from ZeroTransform
Vanguard V is a VR flight adventure title where you’re the sole defender against the Parasites. The game channels the energy and excitement of classic space shooters and has developers with great pedigrees behind it.
Recommendation: Keep an eye on this during early access. Could be an impressive project.
Tales of Glory, from BlackTale Games
Write your own destiny and lead your troops in Tales of Glory, a medieval combat experience. The battlefield will hold over 100 NPCs at a time with over 2,000 total soldiers continuously spawning. As it evolves, there will be more than 20 weapons, horse riding, and a growing number of battlefields.
Recommendation: This is a game you most certainly should keep an eye on. There’s massive potential here for a game that is already a lot of fun in its current form.
Galaxis Wars, from Clear Ink Studios
Price: $10.79 (Currently Discounted)
Taking place in the year 2120, Galaxis Wars tells the story of humans facing an extinction-level threat in the war with the Galaxis. The players progress through different scenarios in their simulation chamber, each inspired by arcade shooters.
Recommendation: There are many similar experiences with a bit more to offer, but give it a look if you really need something new.
Dustoff Heli Rescue 2, from Invictus Games Ltd.
Dustoff Heli Rescue 2 is a classic-style sidescroller with voxel visuals and lots of explosions. You’re tasked with taking out enemies in different areas en route to rescuing hostages at prisoner of war camps. The game includes 35 unique missions, 9 different helicopters, 3 bonus vehicles, 11 weapons, and more.
Recommendation: If you’re looking for intense, side-scrolling action, this is your game.
IKEA VR Pancake Kitchen, from IKEA Communications AB
Price: Free To Play
This culinary experience lets you make some virtual pancakes with the help of IKEA’s kitchen specialist. You’ll learn the key aspects of a kitchen and make the perfect pancakes.
Recommendation: You can’t eat these pancakes, but hopefully the skills will translate. Check it out.
VeeR Pong, from Ian Slattery
Price: $7.49 (Currently Discounted)
Need a place to practice your beer pong skills? VeeR Pong is the experience for you. The game has realistic physics top to bottom so you can show off your shot and even team up with a friend. Or play against them if you’re feeling especially competitive.
Recommendation: Pass on this one.
The Glade, from Kelly Studios
Price: $2.99 (Currently Discounted)
The Glade is survival wave shooter where you face off against giant spiders while earning points to upgrade your weapons.
Recommendation: Decent inexpensive wave shooter. Check it if you wish.
Prevent The Fall, from D.W.S.
Price: $12.74 (Currently Discounted)
Prevent The Fall is a hardcore RPG/dungeon crawler with semi-procedurally generated dungeons and tons of items to acquire. Characters max at level 20 and you can tackle the game with a friend in online co-op where the number of monsters scale.
Recommendation: It’s a little rough around the edges currently, but keep an eye on this as it progresses through Early Access.