Not even a year old, the consumer-friendly and totally wireless Oculus Quest stand-alone virtual reality headset is proving a smash hit both newcomers to VR and to those whom have been tethered to the PC for far too long. In my Survival Guide article, I recommended twelve games and experiences you should look at getting for your Quest on Day One. Then, I told you about five more you needed to consider. After that, I felt compelled to share five more. Instead of coming up with another clever name, we’re just going to call this series Five For Quest … volume 3. More volumes will come.
Hopefully you read my other recommendations already. We won’t be covering older ground.
Before we go over the experiences, just a couple more things. First, these are Quest native titles; not streamed via Link, Virtual Desktop or other means. Second, these are chosen based on a variety of criteria — some scientific and some not so much so; and probably completely inconsistently, too.
Note: I only recommend games I have actually played and enjoy. As such, I do not play multiplayer games on Quest because I am not going to use Facebook; therefore I cannot recommend these experiences to you. These games do not require another human online to gain enjoyment or value — so whether or not you like to play with other people or not, you should be able to get value from them.
This is easily one of the best games you’re probably not playing right now. Probably because it is one of the more expensive titles on the platform — or maybe you just can’t picture how “rock climbing” can be anything more than a glorified tech demo.
What you see in screens and videos looks so damn good — you would totally be forgiven thinking this was some sort of a game engine demo. But man, this is a truly flushed out game proper and totally worth your time.
This isn’t an arm-waggling sim. You will have to control your stamina, heart rate — chalk up your hands and plan your ascent proper. How you perform, your speed and tactics all come into play in determining a score. Race against friends. Chase a high score. All while scaling beautiful environments in an almost scary realistic environment.
The first time you lift yourself up on a platform and gaze over the landscape is pure magic. Take it in. Enjoy.
Waltz of the Wizard: Extended Edition
Here is another game you could easily dismiss as some kiddie Harry Potter game and find yourself wondering “what is the point of this?”
Forget about scores … final objectives … traditional gaming stuff.
This is a supernatural romper room. There are nearly endless things to “do” — small, sometimes cryptic “mini-games” that reward you with discovery and participation.
There aren’t really “puzzles” to solve here, per se. You aren’t presented with a challenge you must solve before you move on. This is a giant toy box with so many fun things to do.
It is cheap, easy to engage and is far more fun than you probably think it is.
The Under Presents
I’ll be straight with you. I don’t get this game. It doesn’t resonate with me. I put well over an hour into it — and I just can’t get into it. At all.
So why the HELL is it on this list?
Everyone else seems to get it. Everyone else seems to love it. It is considered one of the best experiences in VR by so many people that I just can’t avoid putting it on one of these lists.
Most importantly — my 13 year old son loves it. He seems to get it. He couldn’t stop talking about how cool it is.
What is it, exactly? Maybe that’s my problem with it. There is no real way to explain what this game is — if it even IS a game … an experience?
Here is how the developers describe it.
- Unravel the mysteries of The Aickman, a doomed research vessel trapped in Arctic ice, in our newest act “Timeboat!”
- Follow our crew as they vanish one by one
- Manipulate time to alter characters’ fates
- Collaborate with your past selves to explore our crew’s memories
- Meet Gerald, a most unusual dolphin
- Cozy up to new friends and enjoy stage shows
Supposedly the interactivity with others playing the game is key — and I’m not a social gamer and prefer to avoid other people when gaming. That might be the missing link.
Just know that you might not “get it” before the refund period expires, either.
$20 | Oculus Quest
Vader Immortal: Episode III
We’ve had two of these games before — and this is the final chapter.
As stories go, this is the weakest of the three chapters. The promised ending just isn’t as good as you hope it will be. But then, how could it possibly live up to any expectations, right?
That being said, you’re buying this to tie up the story (of course) but more so for the much more fully flushed out and best-in-class Lightsaber Dojo.
They went all out for the Dojo; featuring iconic lightsabers, dual wielding, double-bladed Maul style … force lightning … sigh. THIS is what you want to play in the Star Wars universe.
Come for the story, stay for the Dojo. That should be the moniker of this series.
Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs
I don’t like mobile gaming. Angry Birds came at a time early enough in the timeline that it avoided nasty “smurfberry”, free to play, microtransaction laden, money sucking, play limiting crap that plagues mobile today.
Everyone loved it, played it and it sort of introduced that whole “three star chasing” motif.
It was fun then — but is it still fun now?
You’ve probably pigged out (ha) on the series so much in the past, you might feel burned out. But I assure you, there is a little magic left in the franchise.
First, the game feels great in 3D in general. It actually seems like a better game just because it should have been 3D all along.
Second, the 3D nature allows for some new elements — like being able to change positions to shoot from which adds 3D “gameplay” to the mix; not just visuals.
Finally, the game now offers up a level editor so you can make your own levels (unfortunately, you can’t share them ... yet ... but it is promised to be coming).
This is a useful game to add to your “Quest Parties” line up. Everyone knows and understands the mechanics already so it is instantly accessible.