Virtual reality can be one, a or both. Above that VR games have become an even bigger part of my life than before. If you are looking for a standalone VR game console this is the it’s your decision. The compact headset replaces the 18-month-old one from Facebook , but it reminds me more than ever that there are some really great games out there on the VR platform.
Despite existence in a corporate-controlled walled garden (and increasinglyand data guidelines) the Quest has become a destination for the best VR games. (Note that to access top PC VR games like or You need to connect it to a gaming PC with a USB cable.) The number of good games arriving has accelerated over the past year.
All of these games work with the year-long Oculus Quest and the new Quest 2, but many apps are getting additional updates and graphics boosts for Quest 2 owners. We’ll be regularly updating this list of the best Oculus Quest games as new options become available.
I missed my chance to go to Disney and see Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, but ILMxLab’s Batuu game is the next best thing. It’s not exactly a tour of Black Spire Outpost, but the incredible character rendering, world design, and intense blaster battles are an impressive feat. It’s over too soon, but this quest game still costs less than most Disney souvenirs. (Also check out Vader Immortal, ILMxLab’s previous lightsaber adventure involving Darth Vader.) Read our hands-on experiences and interviews.
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Population One’s multiplayer battle royale experience is very Fortnite-esque. In fact, it’s extremely Fortnite-esque. It’s good. There are few large-scale multiplayer VR games out there right now and this is one of the best. With falling down from the top, navigating the shrinking map, climbing and looking for supplies, and great controls, this is a must have for team shooters.
It’s expensive and the file size can be up to 8GB on the Quest 2, but this is console-quality VR that has been reduced to a wearable headset. Saints & Sinners was already a critically acclaimed PC VR game, and the transition to the Quest retains its Polish and RPG-like feel. It’s crazy, but it’s deep too. There’s a lot more going on than just shooting.
Many Quest games are expensive, but a surprising number are free. Rec Room is a social hub that also provides a door to myriad social games with seemingly unlimited possibilities. Sometimes it feels a bit like Wii Sports or VR Roblox. There are mini adventures, paintball games and much more. I just want the parental controls features to be improved (a lot of parents seem to be letting kids into the rec room lately). Read our original impressions of Rec Room, Pre-Quest.
This is the Oculus Quest’s killer app. If you love moving around, love lightsabers, or just want a fun dance challenge this is for you. There are lots of tracks to keep you busy, the lightsaber tracking is awesome, and there are additional music packs to buy if you feel compelled. I am exhausted right now trying to beat my nephew’s high scores.
Bullet time, pick up the gun, wait – the faster you move, the faster everything else moves. Get it now Superhot was one of the first games to hit the Quest, and it’s still amazing. Runner-up: Pistol Whip. (Sorry, I still like Superhot more.)
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Seriously, ping pong in VR is that good. The table physics, the size of the play area, the way VR fits your needs perfectly – who knows? You can play with real people online, and the gameplay is shockingly unforgiving.
If you feel like diving into mysterious puzzle boxes, this brand new VR game from the makers of the hit series The Room is a fantastic and scary mental challenge (but not particularly good for kids). There are plenty of other escape room games on Quest including the excellent I Expect You To Die and a live multiplayer escape room experience from Adventure Labs. Read our review on The Room VR: A Dark Matter.
The Synesthetic Tetris Effect was one of the best games of 2018, and the Quest version is for the most part just as good. It’s intense, the music is amazing, and while the levels are hectic, it’s weirdly Zen too. This is a perfect way to relax. Read our review on the Tetris Effect.
Oculus’ ultimate weightless frisbee game is a relentless three-on-three VR experience that gave me the Rocket League vibe, but in VR. The controls that rely on your hands to catapult are brilliant. The open beta is currently free and great. But expect to lose.
Moss is about a little mouse with a sword who goes on a search. You will follow him through levels that feel like dioramas that you can look at. Walking around and exploring the beautiful worlds is half the fun, but the game itself is great too, and plays like a console platformer but in 3D.
With other people in your home, VR can be a lonely breakup. Keep Talking engages others by having people who are not in VR handle a bomb defusing guide while the person in VR tries to communicate in time and stop the bomb. It feels like a strange board game, which most VR games never succeed in doing.
Every time you play you meet an endless and randomly generated group of castle enemies. This rogue game uses a bow and arrow as the only method of navigation and attack. The mechanics feel great, and being surrounded by enemies you’re firing arrows at can be incredibly intense.
If you miss out on mini golf (or real golf), Pro Putt’s golf courses feel like a great replacement. The golf courses are cartoonish but not crazy about mini golf. The putting realism is surprisingly good. I find the whole thing a little meditative.
Talk about a game that never seems to get old. While Space Pirate Trainer has been around since the HTC Vive was launched, the simple arcade design is perfect. They stand still, shoot at aliens and protect themselves. Survive as long as you can. It’s perfect.
Would you like to revisit the games of the 90s, including the experience of sitting on the floor with a controller and playing games on a TV? You can already do this with a small, 16-bit retro console, but Pixel Ripped does it scary in VR. You’re a kid in a house and you play games that don’t exist. Then you step into the pixel world and it gets stranger. The original Pixel Ripped 1989 from the 80s is now also included as an add-on DLC.
VR can turn your sense of reality upside down, and A Fisherman’s Tale is the best kind of out-of-body experience. A room with puzzles to solve also has a doll’s house which is a perfect model of the room you are in. You can reach into your own space and a larger hand comes into your room from above. It’s like living in your own weird puzzle dollhouse universe, and it’s awesome.
Red Matter was one of the best looking Oculus Quest games, and an update for Quest 2 brings the graphics even further. The enigmatic, atmospheric, brooding adventure takes place in an alternate Cold War in space. Her tool-filled spacesuit slides around, grappling with the brilliantly evoked world that often has half-life vibrations.