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The best apps and games to download

After experimenting with Cardboard for years, Google is taking a more serious swing at VR with its Daydream View headset. You won’t have to break the bank to own one of the best VR headsets out there, since this costs less than $100.


You will, of course, need a compatible Android phone to power it, as iPhone users are still left out of the party. It’s the closest experience you can get to something like the Samsung Gear VR, and while that means you won’t be getting a PC or console type experience, it’s still great fun and a good entry into the world of VR.

Essential reading: Google Daydream View review

We’ve been busy testing the Daydream View’s capabilities out, so here’s our pick of the apps and games to download first.

Best Google Daydream View games

Rez Infinite VR

Google Daydream View: The best apps and games to download

One of the best VR games you can play is finally available on Google Daydream. Intense, abstract visuals with great music is a tough combo to make work, but Rez Infinite VR fuses them both to create a truly immersive experience. You’ll also avoid the high price of the PSVR edition, as this version has a free trial followed by in-app purchases.

Free, Google Play

Coloring VR

Google Daydream View: The best apps and games to download


This one is exactly what you’d expect – essentially a VR coloring book – and it’s wonderful. Choose a picture, pick some colors and go to town. Of course, what makes this better than a coloring book is that you can actually immerse yourself in the picture. One of the more relaxing entries on our list.

Free, Google Play

Brickheadz Builder VR

Google Daydream View: The best apps and games to download

LegoBrickheadz Builder lets you build models as you would with a real Lego set, but with the added bonus of being able to bring them to life. You can unlock new characters and items, and best of all it’s free with not a single in-app purchase in sight. It’s as fun as you’d expect Lego building in VR to be.

Free, Google Play

The Arcslinger

Google Daydream View: The best apps and games to download


Until we can get a full Time Crisis remake for Daydream, The Arcslinger will do. Despite the limitations of Google’s headset, this is a surprising amount of fun that makes good use of the controller as you blast away quicky enemies with your pistol.

$3.49, Google Play

Hunter’s Gate

The best Google Daydream View apps and games


Using the controller or your headset to aim, you’ll find yourself dungeon crawling and killing demons in Hunter’s Gate while trying to stay alive. The moving mechanism is weird at first, since you’re relying on the controller’s trackpad, but it gets easier as you go along making it a surprisingly good time.

$5.99, Google Play

EarthShape

Google Daydream View: The best apps and games to download


This cute little puzzler is brought to you by British indie game developer Mike Bithell (Thomas Was Alone; Volume). You play a star-seeking astronaut exploring planets and growing plants putting that Daydream motion controller to good use.

$4.99, Google Play

VR Karts

The best Google Daydream View apps and games

VR Karts is your standard racing game but a bit more simplified with Daydream View. You use the controller to turn corners, collecting power-ups to win the race. It’s definitely not a VR rip-off of Mario Kart in any way.

Free, Google Play

Mekorama

Google Daydream View: The best apps and games to download

It’s Minecraft meets Monument Valley. Mekorama is a charming little puzzle game, in which you guide a robot through a series of obstacle courses using the Daydream controller. It’s an adaptation of the non-VR smartphone game, but the added immersion definitely gives it some extra charm.

$3.99, Google Play

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

The best Google Daydream View apps and games

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is already a classic on Gear VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and now you can try it on Daydream View. The basic premise is to defuse a bomb with friends – except only you can see the bomb and only your friends have the manual. It’s a… blast.

$9.99, Google Play

Claro

The best Google Daydream View apps and games

Claro is a lovely, relaxing puzzler where you’re moving the sun around with the controller in order to help a tree grow. Levels get more and more complicated as you go along, but there’s no rush and you can enjoy the surreal landscape and calming music. A perfect entry to Google DayDream.

Free, Google Play

Best Google Daydream View apps

Netflix VR

Google Daydream View: The best apps and games to download


Similar to the Gear VR version of the app, Netflix VR on Daydream sadly doesn’t place you in the movies. It does, however, plonk you in a lovely virtual cabin where you can watch Netflix undisturbed. It’s a nice escape, and free to download, but you will of course need a Netflix subscription to use it.

Free, Google Play

NBA on TNT VR

Google Daydream View: The best apps and games to download

The NBA has been toying with VR broadcast for years, but its new NBA on TNT VR app is the one that takes it to the next level. Every week, you’ll be able to tune into a game in VR. You’ll get to choose your camera angle and see the game you want to see it inside the famous set of TNT’s beloved Inside the NBA pre-game show.

Free, Google Play

YouTube VR


Google’s YouTube app has got stronger and stronger as the library has grown larger and larger. The interface is nice and easy to navigate, and it’s a great app for showing someone some of the other possibilities of VR beyond gaming.

Free, Google Play

myVR

Google Daydream View: The best apps and games to download

VR is all about escapism, and myVR lets you build your dream apartment, filling it with TVs playing YouTube videos and even stereos streaming music. There’s a nice social element, too, that lets you visit friends’ rooms and fake your appreciation for their terrible taste in decor.

Free, Google Play

Google Street View

Google Daydream View: The best apps and games to download

Sometimes, escapism can be about transporting ourselves to another part of our own planet. In Google Street View, you can explore everything as you would in the desktop/mobile version, but with added 360 immersion. If you’re going to use Street View and you have a Daydream headset, this is the way to do it. Just note that you launch it from the Street View app itself.

Free, Google Play

The Turning Forest

Google Daydream View: The best apps and games to download


This experimental interactive virtual reality film from the BBC tells the story of a young child that and his creature friend as they embark on a fairytale journey. It uses the Daydream controller to help you navigate your surroundings and the spatial soundtrack adds an extra layer of immersion when you throw on some headphones.

Free, Google Play

BBC Earth: Life in VR

Google Daydream View: The best apps and games to download

Planet Earth and Blue Planet continue to delight and amaze us, so the BBC is going all in to bring us a similar experience in VR with BBC Earth: Life in VR. It takes you through the California Coast’s underwater sealife. You’ll meet otters and whales and you’ll even get to interact with the animals in a way you can’t with regular old TV.

Free, Google Play

Invasion!

Google Daydream View: The best apps and games to download


Like The Turning Forest, this entertaining animated short was a firm favourite at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival. There’s Eric Darnell (Madagascar) on board as director and Ethan Hawke providing the narration as you play the part of a adorable bunny who tries to thwart two bumbling alien invaders that are trying to take over the planet.

Free, Google Play

Fantastic Beasts

Google Daydream View: The best apps and games to download


This Harry Potter tie-in doesn’t last long, but there’s just enough time to turn that Daydream motion controller into a magic wand to put your spell casting skills to the test. It’s one of the best looking VR experiences thanks to the use of the same visual effects team that worked on the Fantastic Beasts films.

Free, Google Play

Star Chart VR

The best Google Daydream View apps and games


This app is like Steam’s Universe Sandbox lite and you don’t get to create or destroy things. Ok, it’s emphasis on the ‘lite’ aspect, but it’s always really cool exploring space in VR and this is the best app on Daydream that lets you do just that.

$3.99, Google Play

Google Arts & Culture VR

The best Google Daydream View apps and games


Google’s put out some neat VR apps and this one’s great for the art fans. You can explore artwork, artifacts and more from over 850 museums, archives, and organizations worldwide that have partnered with Google Cultural Institute to bring their collections and stories online. There are even options to zoom in for a closer look and factual tidbits if you want to learn more.

Free, Google Play


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