The Samsung Gear VR is more than just another fancy gaming platform. Thanks to apps that can teach you another language, let you get up close and personal with marine life or put you at the top of Mount Everest, the headset is your portal to an ever-growing number of worlds. Unlike regular media, the Gear VR offers total immersion, making you an active participant in your new environment.
Got a touch of arachnophobia or know some who does? Whether you're mildly uncomfortable around the eight-legged buggers or run screaming from the room, Face Your Fears: Spiders! might be able to help or just give you a good scare. The app places you in a basement with one or two creepy-crawlies to start. If you can stand that, the room slowly begins to fill with spiders. We're not sure if this will help or further exacerbate your fear, but it's worth a try.
It's not like seeing your name in lights, but it's the next best thing. Instead of traveling all the way to Las Vegas to experience the Neon Museum, you can take a tour from the comfort of your own home. Narrated by a helpful museum guide, patrons will have the opportunity to gaze upon some of the more famous signage of old Vegas, like the Sahara.
Create and jam out to some awesome electronic tunes with Soundscape. You can adjust your beats by adding musical notes and distorting sound effects. You can also change the characteristics of your three main instruments: a tonematrix, a drumcomputer, and a tone RPG. The game offers a comprehensive tutorial mode to help you understand how to get into the rhythm and a robust multiplayer mode where you can create music with two other people.
Are you a soccer fan that thinks you've got what it takes to play with the pros? With John Terry Football Academy VR, you can finally discover if you've got the right stuff. Once you're strapped into the Gear VR, Chelsea FC captain, John Terry will give you one-on-one training to improve your game, with new videos being posted every few weeks. Terry will also be on hand to give dietary tips and motivation along with some insider access into the athlete's life. It's taking the saying, "get your head in the game" to a whole other level.
Certainly one of the most gorgeous apps on the market, Sharks VR places you in the role of a scuba diver exploring the Nuru-Haua coral reefs. During your exploration, sharks appear and you can observe and avoid these underwater predators. The game features two modes: Play (where you are an active participant in avoiding hazards and staying alive) and Dive (a passive experience where you get to casually sightsee the ocean depths).
It's Elementary, my dear reader! In Sherlock Holmes: The Wagner Ritual, you step into the shoes of the world's greatest detective as he works to solve one of his earliest mysteries. Set in a 360-degree world, you'll explore various locations in Zurich, Switzerland, investigating key objects to progress further in the case. You'll also be privy to Holmes' inner monologue as well as banter between the detective and his bumbling assistant as you make your way through this interactive mystery.
Get in touch with your inner calmness with this useful meditation app. Scored by the award-winning Brian Riordan and narrated by Chopra himself, Finding Your True Self is considered a very useful and therapeutic tool to help you achieve psychological and spiritual wellness. The visuals, some of which are provided by Abhishek Singh, serve to further reinforce the soothing mood. This app is a very unique use of VR to promote your well-being.