New Oculus Rift and Gear VR Releases For The Week Of 01/22/17

by Jamie Feltham • January 27th, 2017

Another plentiful week of VR gaming awaits Gear VR owners today, and the Oculus Rift doesn’t have it too bad either. We’ve got the launch of a promising new boxing game, great cross-platform multiplayer titles, and a large suite of new mobile experiences to check out. Have fun!

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.

Plus — check out our list of the best Oculus Rift games and best Gear VR games for more suggestions!

Knockout League, from Grab Games
Price: $17.99 (Rift)

This is an early access release of one of the most promising boxing games yet seen on Rift or Vive. Make your way up through the ranks using either system’s motion controllers to realistically throw punches and duck and dive out of the way of attacks.

Recommendation: One for boxing fans.

Jogger, from Sick Pixel Media
Price: $0.99 (Gear)

Jogger experiments with something we’ve see a handful of times on Gear VR; locomotion through running in place. It uses this system to make a frogger clone in which you’ll need to dodge incoming traffic as you run across roads.

Recommendation: For the price it’s worth checking out.

Ping Pong VR, from Exciting Reality
Price: $0.99 (Gear)

Yup, you guessed it, this does exactly what it says on the tin. Ping Pong VR is a colorful take on the popular pass time, and it even includes multiplayer support, which many Vive and Rift ping pong games don’t feature.

Recommendation: Definitely worth checking out.

 

TTORiNG Adventure: Mr. Breson’s keepsake, from VRotein
Price: $4.99 (Gear)

Last week we wrote about a TTORiNG game that had you interacting with a strange cartoonish character. This week he’s back in a strange detective story that, we won’t lie, looks outright terrifying at times.

Recommendation: If you need some surreal and possibly unintended scares, go for it.

Time Machine VR: Monsters of the Sea, from Minority Media
Price: $4.99 (Gear)

Released last year on Rift and more, Time Machine VR sent you back to the prehistoric age to study aquatic dinosaurs. This spin-off includes a slice of that experience with a handful of missions with which to explore the Jurassic era.

Recommendation: If you liked the original definitely check this out.

Panzer Panic, from Handy Games
Price: $9.99 (Rift)

Panzer Panic is a pretty good tank dueling game that came to Gear VR last year and now makes its way over to Rift with cross-play support. It’s a fun, colorful game that reminds you that gamepad-based VR is still relevant.

Recommendation: Definitely one for multiplayer fans.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – VR Experience, from Eidos Montreal

Price: Free to Play (Rift)

We recently covered this experience that was released completely out of nowhere from Square-Enix and it takes players on a tour of four iconic areas you come across in the Mankind Divided game.

Recommendation: Definitely give this a go for free. While there’s not much to interact with, it’s impressive to see a VR game so visually stunning.

Vector 36, from Red River Studio LLC

Price: $24.99 (Rift)

In Vector 36, players race across Mars’ terraformed surface in customizable hover vehicles. Racing is built on realistic physics and takes a good deal of skill to manage as you fit your ride with parts, accessories, and weapons to take on different race styles.

Recommendation: Certainly one of the best VR racers that really makes you feel like a pilot once you get the hang of the controls. A must have for fans of the genre.

Super Pixel Smash, from

Price: $4.79 (Rift, Currently Discounted)

This exciting title revives retro visuals and gameplay as you use your virtual paddle and gauntlet to break bricks and gain powerups. Keep swinging and climb the leaderboards to prove your skill.

Recommendation: A lot of fun. Grab it.

Daydream Blue, from

Price: $4.49 (Rift, Currently Discounted)

Daydream Blue drops you into a serene environment with a lake, campsite, and your robot pal to keep you company. There are a few treats to find and a multiplayer option as well.

Recommendation: This is ultimately a chill sandbox experience. Casual fun for a good price.

KART CHASER: THE BOOST VR, from

Price: $6.69 (Rift, Currently Discounted)

If you’ve been craving a Mario Kart-like racer for your VR device, Kart Chaser: The Boost is here for you. With 37 types of cars and two game modes across 13 tracks, this game brings a lot to the table.

Recommendation: This one is a blast for the price if you like racing games.

Awaken, from

Price: $25.49 (Rift, Currently Discounted)

Awaken combines creative puzzles and rhythm gameplay as you attempt to bring stars back to your world as the architect of light. The game also includes a level creation tool where you build your own puzzles and share with other players.

Recommendation:The price is a bit high, but level creation should lead to tons of new content over time.

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