There’s not a whole load of new on either of the Oculus stores this week but there’s a very good reason for that; the Summer Sale is now on and you can get a heck of a lot of games at great prices. Still, if you are in the market for something new we have just a few interesting pieces to highlight.
If you missed last week’s releases you can see those releases here. 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.
New Rift and Gear VR Releases on Oculus Home
The Mage’s Tale, from inXile Entertainment
Price: $39.99 (Rift)
If you’ve been looking for a lengthy VR dungeon crawler then The Mage’s Tale has you covered. Over 10 hours of content is on offer in this first-person RPG that will have you crafting your own potions and spells. Huge boss battles and scores of loot await.
Recommendation: We were very fond of The Mage’s Tale, so check it out. Read our review.
Song of the Sea VR, from Cartoon Saloon
Price: Free (Rift, Gear)
You might know Song of the Sea as an Oscar-nominated short film. This new VR adaptation tells the same story from a new perspective, rooting you in one of its environments. It promises a compelling underwater experience you won’t want to miss.
Recommendation: Definitely check this one out.
mindZense De-stress + Sleep, from Minditorium IVS
Price: $2.49 each (Gear)
A pair of relaxation experiences await you here, one of which is designed to help users settle down to get to sleep while the other aims to help users lose stress. Think picturesque scenes, soothing music, and a wistful atmosphere and you’re pretty much there.
Recommendation: We’d seek out other apps like Guided Meditation instead.
New Oculus Rift Releases on Steam
Xion, from Zenz VR
Price: $8.99 (Currently Discounted)
Xion channels the nostalgia of arcade shoot-em-up games with a 90s aesthetic splashed over voxels. The gameplay is kept interesting with randomized levels similar to rogue-likes and you can continue to enhance your ship as you work toward the hardest level.
Recommendation: Check this one out if you like either voxels or top-down shooters. Or both!
Unearthing Mars VR, from Winking Entertainment
Price: $10.49 (Currently Discounted)
Unearthing Mars drops you onto the mysterious red planet for an adventure. There are multiple gameplay mechanics from puzzle solving to shooting and, while short, players will experience quite a bit.
Recommendation: Give this one a look if you’re feeling like a journey through space.
Mocove Arts VR, from Mocove Studio
Price: $2.99 (Currently Discounted)
Mocove Arts VR welcomes you into a virtual museum where you can view legendary works of art that span different time periods. There are over 1,000 paintings and over 50 sculptures for you to view with 14 pieces of classical music accenting your experience.
Recommendation: Pretty solid escape that can serve as a bit of calming, informative tour. Great for art connoisseurs.
Chess Ultra, from Ripstone
Chess Ultra is a visual feast with 4K visuals outside of VR and a variety of ways and environments in which to experience chess. You can play against 10 Grandmaster AIs or against online opponents.
Recommendation: This is a must-have for any chess fan.
MultiVR.se, from VRider, Inc.
MultiVR gives you a beautiful virtual space that you can explore, settle down in, and customize with an intuitive toolbox. There are 19 environments, video players, and more to get the most of the virtual space without removing the headset (some elements limited to the paid version at $9.99).
Recommendation: Check out the free version and see if you fall in love with it before diving into the paid version.
Drone Hero, from Neuston AB
Price: $11.69 (Currently Discounted)
In Drone Hero, you must steer a remote-controlled drone through goals and dodge different weapons and obstacles all the while. There are 25 increasingly difficult challenges and grades for each chapter.
Recommendation: Nothing special, probably a pass unless you just love drones.
Deadly Hunter VR, from Leiting Interactive
Deadly Hunter is a wave shooter where you play as an Orc hunter that must utilize the best traps as you take on his enemies. Dodge the enemy attacks as you learn their weakness and expose them.
Recommendation: This is quite the intense experience and its free. Check it out.
Keep Defending, from Faster Time Games Limited
Price: $8.79 (Currently Discounted)
In Keep Defending your task is simple: Just do what the name of the game says and keep defending. You’re an archer that must build up your defenses and take down the enemies before they reach your gate. You earn gold as you progress to improve your defensive constructs.
Recommendation: May be worth a look if you don’t have a ton of defense shooters in your library already.