Daydream View may have only debuted back in late 2016, but Google has put in a lot of work to ensure that there were a variety of titles ready to try out when it launched and in the short time its been on the scene, we’ve seen a number of interesting games arrive, both free and paid. With that in mind, here are some of the best games available right now!
See also: Google Daydream review
The Eve series is back with yet another VR entry, this time the second game in the Gunjack line. The basic concept here is similar to the original, with your ‘character’ put behind a turret to prevent waves of attackers from wrecking havoc on your home, the vast yet remote mining rig Kubera. One big change this time around is that the game offers support for the Daydream View’s motion controllers, which add a little extra something to the experience.
When it comes to highly anticipated and popular VR franchises, Gunjack is pretty high up on the list so it’s addition to the Daydream platform is great to see.
The Arcslinger was one of the original launch titles for Google’s Daydream view headset, but took a bit longer than expected to actually make its debut. It is available for purchase now however, and boy does it take great advantage of the new tracked remote control. The game is based in a futuristic western world where fast fingers are king. The player takes on the role of a muscular hero named Valiant, who must use his trusty gun Angelheart to take down the villainous Gold Smoke. There are 15 different levels for the player to pass through, which all include unique themes and landscapes. Players can also collect special “arc” upgrades, which they can use to customize their gun to their heart’s content. The art style is light and fun, and $7.99 doesn’t seem like a bad price to pay for such an interesting title. Check out the trailer below.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is an adaptation of the immensely popular HTC Vive title which also recently made it’s way to PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and Gear VR. The game is based around having one person diffuse a bomb using only instructions from their friends, which only gets more complicated and tense over time. These are all time-based missions, meaning the game will only get more stressful as the clock ticks down. Having the title available for Daydream means it should be in reach of a much greater audience, and based on the praise it has already received from other sources, it should be an absolutely explosive success once it gets more widespread adoption.
Fantastic Beasts is a free app from Warner Brothers Entertainment developed in partnership with Google to simultaneously promote the new film while at the same time showing off the immersive power of Daydream VR. While the experience is more of a set of small demos than a full game, the title allows the users to use the included controller to wave their wand and cast spells present in the Harry Potter universe. Explore mysterious rooms, cast spells, and open hidden treasures. Fantastic Beasts gives you the true Harry Potter experience.
If you’re into cute and unique puzzle games, Danger Goat is probably the title for you. There are tons of levels to enjoy in this 3D puzzler, each with fun and interesting challenges to endure. Users play as a goat attempting to navigate to safety by gliding, sliding, and catapulting their way around each unique terrain. Players must use the included Daydream tracking remote to knock down monoliths, steer past enemies, and get to safety as quickly as possible! There are 28 levels each with unique styles and terrains, so players should have no trouble whatsoever getting their money’s worth for this game. Check it out.
If you’re a fan of The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings, you’ll love Frostbound. In the title, the player leads a number of small elves across a barren frosty wasteland, with countless monsters creating a challenging experience along the way. The game feels like a mix of Skyrim and The Hobbit, with wild monsters and high mountaintops steering you towards the ultimate goal. The game has gotten some mixed reviews, but most can agree that there are beautiful graphics that give an incredible sense of scale. If you have the means, we would recommend picking this up.
Earthshape is a more traditional and relaxing mobile game which relies on drawing lines to guide a ball to its final destination. The game uses the included daydream remote to stitch together reflective angles, and has a variety of bonus boxes along the way. The title has some beautiful backdrops to show off while the user is playing, and for anyone looking for a game to play casually while they chill on the couch or on a plane, this is a fantastic choice.
With over 60 events across 12 tracks, there’s a lot of great racing to be had in this one. The Need for Speed series has now made its way to the Daydream platform, and it’s easily one of the most compelling games released so far. The controls are admitedly at little less fluid since motion controllers make less since then traditional ones for racers, but once you get past the small learning curve — you’ll find this game worth the $7.50 asking price.
This game is basically a fantasy shooter that lets you choose to either play Forge – a lucky gunslinger – or Payne – a revenge drive mage. In the game you defend from a demon invasion led by the overlord Cephalos. In some ways it feels a bit like a dungeon crawler, but with a focus on shooting and a quick pace that you’d expect from a ‘classic style’ arcade shooter. For those that like multi-player games, this one also has plenty of opportunity there, thanks to its challenging multiplayer raids.
This was one of the initial launch games for the platform put remains one of the best. It’s also just $5.99, which isn’t a bad asking price for all the entertainment you’ll get out of this one.
This is just a short list of what Google has in store for Daydream VR users, and we will definitely be updating this list over time. Is there anything awesome that we missed? Let us know!