Whether you are brand new to VR with the Quest 2 or managed to grab a dirt cheap Quest OG on eBay for $100 — I’m going to give you over FORTY great experiences to kick start your virtual reality collection. These are all native Quest games — no PC required. Let’s get started! Updated: 2020–10–25
This “mega” article is a compilation of a half a dozen articles I’ve previously published — along with fresh, brand new games you can’t live without.
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 much on Quest; 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 these selections. These games are in no particular order and are numbered for convenience sake. When possible, I’ll point out games that are cross buy and are enhanced for Quest 2.
1. The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners
If you’re looking for the “real game” or “AAA PC but on Quest” title, this is it. Next to Half-Life Alyx, this feels like the most fully realized VR title — and it is available native on Quest. This isn’t some VR experience with a lot of jump scares or “a great 45 minute game” — this is the real deal. You’ll explore, do missions, gather scrap to craft — to improve your arsenal.
Being at the top of the food chain (in quality and in price), you really won’t go wrong owning this title.
2. Rez Infinite
Rez isn’t a new title — but playing it in VR sure is and the title was made for it.
If you thought you could get your zen on before when it was a pancake game? Prepare to lose yourself in the trippy almost-TRON-like environments.
It is a lightweight shooter that oozes with polish and style. You can do a lot worse for $20 than this neat title.
3. Until You Fall
Like the amazing In Death, you will die in this game. In fact, death is part of the equation with this Rogue-like title that has you doing endless hand to hand combat with an increasing number and complexity of enemies.
This isn’t robotic memorization combat; you’ll need to slash (and speed and strength count, here), block, dodge and time your attacks properly.
When you die, your gains can be used to boost your weapons, stats for your next journey.
Don’t get too disappointed if you die a lot at the beginning — it is part of the experience. Once you’ve leveled up a bit? You’ll get perfect, just-one-more-try game play.
4. Walkabout Mini Golf
Normally, I don’t play multiplayer games on Quest, but a few of my friends really love this game and so I decided to take it for a spin with them.
No Facebook is needed as the multiplayer is handled outside of Oculus — and you don’t need to be friends — just share a room name; up to five players!
You get a butt-load of courses (4 x 18 holes), various difficulty levels, hidden balls to find scattered around the courses — oh, and did I mention a fine game of mini golf? Priced right and well done, hard not to recommend this.
5. Shooty Fruity
An interesting game where you scan groceries while fighting off … fruit … Really Bad Fruit.
It seems like a weird combo, but the whole “employee at a store” takes this beyond being a fun tech demo into a more fully fledged game.
This is a perfect game you can play with your kids; lots of guns and shooting, but without the “blood” and gore or adult themes that maybe you don’t want your kid playing.
Clean and oozing with style, the game is a good value at $20.
6. In Death: Unchained
Easily one of my top experiences on the PC VR platform, In Death: Unchained is everything the original game was and so much more (and no wires). I could tell you all about here again — or you could just read my comprehensive review … or watch my videos … did I mention I love this game?
In Death: Unchained — Purgatory Never Looked So Good
In Death’s dream kingdom, Heaven is abandoned. Among its crumbling ruins, forsaken souls, angelic creatures and demons…
$30 | Quest | Enhanced for Quest 2
7. Premium Bowling
I’ve been chasing a Wii Bowling experience for the Oculus Quest for a long time. Instead, I had to just learn to love Premium Bowling on PC VR and play it on my Quest with Virtual Desktop.
Now, the game is here native on our wireless VR headset and it is just as much fun as you would hope. Looks great, plays great, awesome physics — even has oil patterns.
Yes, I bowl alone. It is sad. But you don’t have to — you can play in multiplayer competitions and compete in daily/weekly leader boards.
8. Pro Putt by Topgolf
Golf games in general are “hit and miss” to me. I love themed golf (like Outlaw Golf) and more arcade-style (such as the old Leaderboard Golf) games. When it gets “too simulation”, that’s where I gotta draw the line.
When you see words like “pro” and “Topgolf” you might be concerned about this title — but I assure you, this is just what the doctor ordered.
You have multiple courses to play, lots to unlock, scores to chase and it is all presented extremely well. The Putt Lounge gives you the ULTIMATE score chasing addictive “putting meets shuffleboard” experience.
Tons of fun for singles and friends alike.
9. Mini Motor Racing X
I’ll let my mini-review on Reddit speak for itself.
10. Star Trek: Bridge Crew
YES! A full Star Trek star ship simulation you can play alone on missions or join up with your friends and make a full crew to take on the galaxy together.
It may be one of the best IP tie in games that really make you feel part of the universe it represents with immersive touch controls.
There are a couple of caveats — even for single player you must have an internet connection at all times while playing and you also have to have an Ubisoft account to play. A pain, for sure — but it will be worth the effort.
11. Dead & Buried II
The original Dead & Buried was some of my first “real” VR experiences. It looked great, was totally polished and had plenty of options for both the solo and multiplayer alike.
When the sequel came out, I was very disappointed that it offered no solo play; only multiplayer. Even those looking for a good MP experience had issues because of the small map selection and lack of players.
Recently, a huge update brought tons more content and the return of solo play — including the venerable horde modes and also single player survival modes (requires locomotion). For those that prefer to avoid that, horde mode allows for a more stationary experience. I can now recommend this title.
12. I Expect You To Die
If you’re ready for bite-sized puzzles in the form of “try-fail-retry” all wrapped up into a neat narrative? Look no further.
This is a highly polished experience where you are a secret agent undertaking various missions where you are put into seemingly-untenable situations where you will surely die several times before figuring it out.
The game oozes style — even the opening credits are amazing to sit through (don’t skip’em).
This type of game doesn’t work for everyone; as massive numbers of failures in each scene is required to get to the solution.
There is only one “save slot”, but each mission can be replayed independently again after you’ve finished them.
13. Red Matter
Not sure what took me so long to try this out — but now I’m here help you avoid that mistake.
This game features gorgeous graphics (even on Quest), an intriguing story that unfolds as you play, an interesting backdrop, challenging-but-not-impossible puzzles and some very creepy moments (no jump scares, nothing too scary).
The game runs about 5 hours total, and replay will be scarce; but that doesn’t stop me from feeling like it is one of the best, more solid experiences I’ve had in VR.
14. Death Horizon: Reloaded
Before Half-Life: Alyx took all the press, Death Horizon: Reloaded was the more or less definitive “dark zombie adventure game”. The Quest version is a revamped version of the Go edition and recently, they released a new mission along with great improvements to the visuals.
Along with being a great zombie romp with lots of killing and gore, the developers get a huge round of applause for supporting their title with new content, listening to the community and providing great value for the player’s dollar.
$20 | Quest | Enhanced For Quest 2
15. Elven Assassin
If you’re looking for tower defense, multiplayer, co-op archery gaming? Well you just hit the jackpot!
While you can play with others, this game is fun to play alone as well. Endless waves of orcs, giants, dragons and more will try to reach your fortress. Shoot them down, earn gold, buy some upgrades and protect again.
While not crossbuy, this title is a good value for the low price and has nearly endless replay value.
16. The Climb
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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
$Free IAP | Quest
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. Pistol Whip
Not without controversy for a sort of confusion in the marketing department, Pistol Whip is still one of the best experiences you can get (look at the reviews and scores around the internet if you don’t believe me).
PW deserves not to be lumped in with traditional dancing style rhythm games. Shoot early, shoot late, don’t shoot and wait to melee, double tap now — wait a beat later … how you dispatch is all about you; not being told by position and direction how to swing your sabers.
If you’re willing to invest the effort to understand and embrace the greed elements of the game, it certain is worth $25. If you’re looking for the next Beat Saber, SuperHot or action shooter, it may not be.
22. Time Stall
Time Stall is a physics-heavy puzzler set aboard a futuristic space luxury cruise ship. When disaster (constantly) strikes, the ship’s warp core can be used to drastically slow down time and allow you to reconstruct the scene so nobody gets hurt.
Plenty of great dialogue and humor keep the story line interesting; plus, there are multiple challenges per-scene to keep the replay value fresh.
Looks great, plays great and is an affordable addition to your growing library of VR experiences.
$15 | Quest
23. Thrill of the Fight
While Creed gets a lot of press with its popular Rocky Balboa tie in, another contender (ha) has come to the Quest market — a bit more of a boxing simulator than a boxing game this time around.
With true RoomScale play (you’ll actually need a minimum of 6.5' x 6.5' to play Thrill of the Fight — you will need all your skills to dodge, evade, block and punch if you’re going to win.
If you’re looking to sweat playing virtual reality, this is a low cost and exciting title you need to own.
$10 | Quest
24. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Should you cut the red wire or the blue wire? Almost every movie made with a bomb in it asks this very question.
This isn’t a game you can play alone! You and a partner will try to use extreme communication skills under pressure to defuse a complicated bomb.
This is fantastic for parties or even a great team building exercise at work — one person wearing the Quest interacts with the bomb while providing information and feedback to the bomb expert (armed with an explosive manual on his phone or table).
Be quick, be accurate and nobody explodes. Once again, this is not a solo experience; but if you have friends, family or coworkers you can play with — this is a fantastic experience.
25. The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets
An enveloping if not a bit short made-for-VR experience, Curious Tale is a relaxing, light puzzle solving game that is accessible by just about anyone.
From a “god’s eye” view, you’ll manipulate the world and interact with it to solve the mystery of the stolen pets.
It is gorgeous and “adorable” (according to my 13-year old son) with enigmas that aren’t too hard but are still satisfying. The world in the game is painstakingly hand-crafted making it a true wonder to behold for the player.
You’ll only get a few hours out of it, but it should prove popular as a vital “sharing VR with friends and family” experience. There are some “completionist” elements that will give you some replay as well.
If you’re like me, you probably dismiss a lot of “Free” experiences on the Oculus store because — well, let’s be honest — most of them are commercial junket type experiences used to promote product or have some pay-later sort of hook.
In this experience you care for, feed and play with a virtual pet named Bogo.
Much like other virtual pet sims, you’ll do things like brush, play fetch, etc. but the experience has a considerable amount of playtime in there if you’re willing to experiment a little.
It is extremely approachable, engaging as is a great “new to VR” type experience. It is also a solid use of roomspace — giving you an extra feeling of freedom and movement. It runs about 15 minutes or so.
$Free | Quest
Remember Osu? Elite Beat Agents? Or maybe you’re just looking for a game like Beat Saber — but with guns?
Sure, there is always the “John Wick” Pistol Whip — but if you’re looking for something a little less active and more rhythmic? Along with support for custom songs built in?
You cannot go wrong with this tempo-based shooter.
28. First Contact
The Quest ships with a “welcome to VR” tutorial called First Steps. It can help almost anyone get acclimatized and enjoying VR in a hurry.
First Contact is the “welcome to VR” tutorial that shipped with the original Rift — where you interact with a cute little robot using a 3D printer to make you fun gadgets to learn your way around the virtual space.
You can now get this tutorial on Quest and use it as a substitute (or companion) for First Steps. The price is right; Free.
Normally I’m against the in-app purchase aspect of “free to play” games, but Bait! has pretty much appeared to do it right (rare).
This is a lightweight fishing simulator that appears to be able to captivate real fishermen and non-fisherman alike.
The mechanics are well done; you feel like your fishing — from casting to reeling and “playing” the fish.
It looks great and is immensely relaxing and engaging, making it a perfect title to introduce a non-techie or non-gamer to. Reviews claim there is a good 3+ hours here too; not bad for free — and the game can be fully completed without a purchase.
$Free | Quest
30. Job Simulator
There is nothing I personally hate more than “games” that become “work”. You know what I’m talking about — there are stories of people setting up virtual shops in MMORPGS that they come home from the office and go right back to work selling rat bones to newbies.
The very name Job Simulator might make the hair stand up on the back of your neck.
Your duties as a chef, office worker and even a convenience store owner (my favorite) could barely be considered work. The boring monotony of these environments has been removed and the developers from Owlchemy Labs has really made a superb game out of the concept.
Another thing worth pointing out here is that this is a sitting experience (of which there aren’t a great many of in the virtual reality world) that is highly accessible and playable by just about anyone from 8 to 80. If you have tweens or teens, they probably already know about this title and I bet you would make their day if you bought it.
31. Beat Saber
This is probably why you bought a Quest. This is the definitive killer app for virtual reality regardless of the platform. Frantically chop colored blocks flying at you in time to music — using light sabers — and you have the basic idea of this game. Fortunately for you (and NOT for PSVR owners) Quest users have access to thousands of custom songs thanks to the modding community. After all, music is powerful and personal and everyone wants their own music to rock out to. A demo version comes with the Quest and the full game is only $30 — which is on par with some of the most expensive games I mention here, but if you’re willing to go get endless free custom songs? The price is more than right.
Everything you need to know about custom songs (aka BMBF) can be found on my dedicated website. It is ALWAYS up to date; do not trust video tutorials as they are almost always out of date. You have been warned.
32. Space Pirate Trainer
Accessible, arcade action shooting that it seems everyone enjoys. If you plan to entertain using your Quest, you’ll want this game in your arsenal. Tons of replay, very immersive but isn’t daunting to new players (advanced control usage takes some getting used to). At $15 it is foolish to pass up on it. A very scaled back demo is included with the Quest.
$15 | Quest / Rift | Cross-buy | Enhanced for Quest 2
33. Drop Dead: Dual Strike Edition
It seems to be a perfect fit; a story-driven zombie shooting arcade action game. Plays well, has comfort modes for anyone and is just a damn good time. Another solid $15 purchase.
34. Fruit Ninja
Perfect introduction game for everyone especially since many people may have played it on their phones or tablets. Non-threatening, fruit slashing fun that is immersive but not “scary”. $15.
If you could sit down comfortably among some beautiful dioramas and guide a cute little mouse around solving puzzles — you would have Moss. Critically acclaimed, gorgeous, approachable and fun for everyone; highly recommended but it will set you back $30 which makes it a bit more pricey than some of the other games here.
36. Pinball FX 2 VR
Everyone knows how to play pinball, and Zen Studios has been making the best fantasy pinball (tables that don’t exist in the real world) for many years now. For $15 you get a few tables — all played in a gorgeous 3D VR environment and other tables are available for additional purchase. The licensed tables are considerably more pricey, but season packs offer quality tables at a good price.
37. Racket: NX
Futuristic handball with lots of challenges, modes and lots of fun tasks to complete. You’ll get a pretty good workout if you go in charged up. This is a game I’d recommend having a nice big play area for as you can get a bit frantic while playing. The Guardian Zone may not help the ambitious on this one. At $20 it won’t break the bank, either.
38. Richie’s Plank Experience
Don’t let this game get away. It looks like a “fear simulator” but the truth is, it is the best flying simulator I’ve seen yet. You’ll never feel more like a superhero than when you’re playing this game. $15 — just do it.
39. RoboRecall: Unplugged
It’s $30, but it is probably one the most “AAA” gaming experiences I’ve seen on the platform, despite its relative age. You go “recall” robots that have run amok in the city. Shoot, rip apart, beat them with their own arms — it is insane fun and I can’t recommend it enough.
40. Superhot VR
This game gets a lot of press — and for a good reason. It is some of the most (frustrating) fun you can have in VR. Don’t let the simple graphics fool you — you will shoot, throw, stab, punch and anything else you can to survive each room that gets more difficult as you move on. You’ll die — a lot — and you’ll play over and over again despite the fact. It is one of the more pricey investments at $25, but it has universally been the favorite of anyone I introduce VR to.
A simple, accessible flight simulator that is a fantastic introduction to VR. Tutorial levels guide you into learning the controls and means of flight — then you flight little missions with the knowledge you’ve gained. Various comfort modes help everyone enjoy. An easy purchase at $15.
42. The Room
This is one of the more expensive games in the Oculus stable, but man you’re in for a treat.
This is a puzzle game — and a damn good one. There is a story, of course — but it is just enough to make the puzzles coherent and interesting.
The game is full of polish — with beautiful graphics and an amazing atmosphere. There are hints available as you go (and you may need one from time to time because you miss something rather obvious that changed from one moment to the next) and I’d say the puzzles range from “medium to hard” depending on your background in puzzle solving games like these.
As a big fan of Red Matter, this game checked all the boxes and is an amazing “complimentary” piece for those looking for another game to scratch that itch.
… whew! That’s quite a list! I hope you enjoyed the list and find a few new gems to add to your collection.