Amazing, insane, goofy, immersive, trippy — these are just a few of the adjectives we'd use to describe the virtual-reality experience you get with the Samsung Gear VR. The $99 Gear VR makes you feel like you're physically in an imaginary world. It's a brand-new frontier for games that offers a level of immersion that gamers had previously only experienced in fevered dreams.
If you've ever imagined having the power to move things with your mind or piloting a tricked-out spaceship with just a tilt of your head, then you're in the right place. There's even a multiplayer game, so your friends can join in on the fun.
Here are the best games that the Gear VR and the Oculus store have to offer.
Congratulations! You've been picked to star on CoLab, the world's first reality show. But not so fast -- instead of showing off your sparkling personality, you're going to have to make your way through level after level of brain-teasing puzzles. Don't worry, you'll have the sarcastic voice of the show host to guide you through safely -- maybe.Headset only.
Mojang's critically acclaimed block builder has made its way to virtual reality, which means you can explore the world you created. Will you build a sprawling empire or get up close and personal with the Creepers? Whatever you decide, the VR version of the title has all the features of previous editions, including Creative and Survival modes. And if the experience gets too intense, you can switch from first-person to theater mode, so it looks like you're playing on a big screen. Gamepad required.
Gamers nostalgic for the arcades of the '80 and '90's can scratch that itch in the Oculus Arcade. After choosing among the three partners — Midway, Sega and Namco Bandai — you'll be transported to a virtual arcade complete with old-school cabinets. Classic titles such as Gauntlet, Joust, Streets of Rage, Galaga, Sonic the Hedgehog and Altered Beast are waiting to take you back to the good-old days of 8- and 16-bit graphics. Gamepad required.
Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me! Packed full of swashbuckling adventures, Heroes of the Seven Seas pits you against the navy, rival pirates and terrifying sea monsters as you quest to find the legendary Seven Sea Artifacts. But you'll need more than luck and dashing good looks to prevail; upgrade your ship to stay ahead of your foes as you search for hidden booty. Gamepad required
In most first-person shooters, you fire bullets; in Drift, you are the bullet. You zip around a virtual world, avoiding obstacles as you try and reach your target. The game's visuals are colorful and distinct, though you won't have much time to admire the view as you hurtle through space. We've only had a little hands-on time with Drift, but from what we can see, this bullet simulator is on the mark. Headset only.
Hoping to play up the social atmosphere of virtual reality, Oculus has launched Social Trivia. Up to five people can go head to head, attempting to answer the most questions correctly. Spanning a number of categories, including music, sports, history and tech, it's a great way to interact with friends in far-off places or to make some new ones. Gamepad optional.
One of the first multiplayer VR games, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes places you into a room with a procedurally generated time bomb. It's up to your friends in the real world, who can't see the bomb, to give you directions so you can defuse the bomb before time runs out. In a race against time, are your friendships and communication skills strong enough to survive? Headset only.