New Oculus Rift and Gear VR Releases For Week Of 07/02/17


It’s a pretty great week for free content for Oculus owners, which is ideal seeing as you’ve probably just lost a whole lot of money in the summer sale. We’ve got great new apps from the BBC and Google and there’s some cool content for Gear VR, too. Time to get stuck in.

If you missed the previous entry of this list you can see those new releases here. And don’t forget that UploadVR has a Steam community group, complete with a curated list of recommendations so that you don’t have to waste any money finding out what’s good in the world of VR.

Plus — check out our list of the best Oculus Rift games and best Gear VR games for more suggestions!

New Rift and Gear VR Releases on Oculus Home

Easter Rising: Voice of a Rebel, from the BBC
Price: Free (Rift, Gear)

This is a personal favorite. Easter Rising is a short VR piece that tells the tale of a survivor of the Easter Rising uprising in Ireland that took place over 100 years ago now. You follow the survivor’s account of the events, visiting historic locations and breathing in the atmosphere. It’s something you should really check out.

Recommendation: Definitely check this out, it’s one of the better recent VR experiences out there.

Blocks, from Google
Price: Free (Rift)

Tilt Brush too tricky for you? Blocks is Google’s shot at getting everyone involved with VR content creation. This free new app allows you to make 3D models by placing and then editing simple shapes. It’s easy to get to grips with but offers the depth needed to make some really incredible things, too.

Recommendation: This is an essential VR experience. Don’t miss it. We were very impressed.

Preta: Vendetta Rising, from ILLION
Price: $29.99 (Rift, currently discounted)

This one’s a bit of a curiosity. It’s a third-person VR MMO in which you control fantasy characters and lead them against an army of bad guys. We’re pretty interested to see how this one plays out and what exactly VR support brings to the table. Is this destined to be a great example of how to tackle the genre in VR or simply another piece of shovelware?

Recommendation: We’re not too sure about this one right now. Maybe see how the Early Access period goes.

Apollo 11 VR Mobile, from Immersive VR Education
Price: $2.99 (Gear)

The historic Apollo 11 mission is retold once more, this time on mobile VR platforms. Follow the crew on their storied journey as if you were really there with them, and learn about the events like never before.

Recommendation: This is a great app on PC-based VR, so we’d expect the mobile alternative to be a solid adaptation.

High Roller Slots, from Presence Labs
Price: Free (Gear)

Pretty much what it says in the title. Hit the slots in VR and play in immersive environments that put Vegas to shame. It looks like this one has in-app purchases, though you’ll get free coins every 24 hours too.

Recommendation: Not exactly the most exciting use of VR. We’d give it a miss.

New Oculus Rift Releases on Steam

Douarnenez VR, from Raf1 Dev

Price: Free To Play

Douarnenez is a simulation where you get to explore the Norwegian galleon Anna Rosa, one of 4 planned boats from the port-museum of Douarnenez.

Recommendation: Check it out if you’re really into boat models.

Legendary Hunter VR, from LastnOni

Price: $13.59 (Currently Discounted)

Legendary Hunter is a hunting title inspired by Duck Hunt on the NES. Instead of just ducks, though, you’ll be surviving crow or bee attacks during the day and wolf or crocodile attacks in the night. There are dynamic weather effects, realistic gun physics, and atmospheric sound to truly immerse you in the experience.

Recommendation: Watch the early access. It’s a straightforward wave shooter, but could be fun in time.

Twin Roads, from WarPI Games

Price: $3.99 (Currently Discounted)

Twin Roads puts us in control of hero Finn and his friends as you guide them to freedom. Over the course of the game, you’ll unlock characters with new abilities as you work to discover hidden treasures.

Recommendation: A cute, cheap, and casual treat. Check it out, especially if you have kids.

Hex Tunnel, from Owlgorithm

Price: $3.99 (Currently Discounted)

Hex Tunnel is a trippy journey through another dimension where players must master elements to become a supreme being. The game molds to different playstyles with arcade, chaos, and ultra modes.

Recommendation: Trippy visuals and casual gameplay pique your interest? Then buckle up.

OzGrind Virtual Reality Showroom, from Viewport Studios

Price: Free To Play

OZGrind’s VR Showroom is a platform where creators and businesses can work with an infinitely malleable showroom to add new products and modify layouts. It can even serve as a blueprint before creating a physical setup.

Recommendation: Definitely check this out if it fits your business.

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