Now that you've got your Pixel or Pixel XL and your Google Daydream View, it's time to see what all this virtual reality hubbub is all about. Check out the following games and get ready for trippy, immersive fun!
Wonderglade takes you on an amazing journey through an amusement park and lets you play various carnival games, from play nine rounds of mini-golf to smashing ice crystals with a magic wand. This game is actually four mini-games in one and each game has a very gentle learning curve. Between the awesome colors and the cutesy music, Wonderglade is a great addition to your VR gaming library.
Get ready to unleash your inner demon killer with Hunters Gate. In this fun action RPG, you can choose between the gun-toting Forge and the clever mage Payne and traipse through gorgeously designed levels. The gameplay is uncomplicated (look to aim, press button to shoot) and the levels are easy to navigate and beautifully designed. In addition to a single-player mode, you can also play with a friend with a local co-op mode accessible through a local Wi-Fi network.
This amusing and lighthearted puzzle lets you help a robot make its way to a designated location by giving it various commands. The VR view is a welcome addition that helps you rotate the levels to get a better sense of your robot’s exit strategy. The early levels start out easy enough and help you get a good feel for the controls before issuing more daunting challenges that reward creative problem-solving skills. And once you’re done making your way through all 50 stages, you can create your own brain-teasing puzzles to stump your friends.
Promising almost exactly what is advertised, Danger Goat involves a goat that is in danger. Each level looks like a psychedelic board game and the dangers that your poor mammal will face range from killer robots to missiles. The gaming controls are simple and the third-person VR perspective is a great touch that keeps the game from being too immersive. This game comprises 28 lush levels set in different locales including a snowy mountaintop and an outer space setting. If you’re looking for a good mental workout, pick up this game!
Explore new depths of horror in this terrifying VR game set in a mysterious mansion. Layers of Fear excels at setting a creepy mood, using dim lighting and narrow hallways to give you the feel of being alone and stalked. Because the developers care about your safety, you can play this game while sitting and use the motion controls to point and click to where you want to go. The game offers plenty of jump scares along with a satisfying story designed to keep you at the edge of your seat.
Based on the movie and the J.K. Rowling novel of the same name, Fantastic Beasts allows you to get in touch with your inner magician. You can use your motion controller as a wand to craft spells in addition to summoning and interacting with beasts. The graphics are very impressive and the environments vary from the outdoors to a beautiful rendered interior of a wizard school. Fantastic Beasts does well to take advantage of the Daydream’s capabilities.
In this Daydream launch title, your job is to guide a ball through a dotted grid to reach a circular exit by literally connecting the dots. Each time the ball ricochets off a drawn line, you receive bonus points. Although Earthshape does not rely heavily on VR controls, the VR serves to enhance an already enjoyable experience. This game is sure to appeal to both casual gamers and hardcore puzzle-solvers.