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From the forums — Gear VR games worth checking out

Gaming on the Gear VR is a unique experience. It's an immersive playground filled with new things to check out every week, and as more users dive in to the platform and start to experience all of the content available through the Oculus Store there's going to be questions. Many of these Gear VR games cost a little more than the average Android game, and so the biggest question many are going to have is whether these games are actually worth playing before picking up some of the bigger titles.

That's exactly what happened over in the forums recently, and the thread that followed is a fantastic list of things you should try out on the Samsung Gear VR.

The Oculus Store is constantly growing and changing, which is a good thing. Until recently, the Oculus Store didn't even have search to make it easy to locate and install games. It was actually more convenient to navigate the virtual version of the store than it was to thumb through the app outside of the Gear VR casing, if only to get a better idea of what the game would look like in VR. Things have gotten much better, but that means there's probably a couple of games you haven't heard of to check out yet.

  • Dreadhalls ($4.99) — If you're looking for a VR game to scare your pants off, this is the way to go. With a pair of decent headphones and something soft to fall on when you are eventually scared off your feet, Dreadhalls is a ton of fun.
  • Anshar Wars 2 ($14.99) — Without a doubt, Anshar Wars 2 is the best space combat game currently available for the Gear VR. It's visually impressive, the gameplay is fantastic, and the story is more than enough to keep you busy for a while. You'll want a gamepad with this one, but it's well worth the money.
  • Protocol Zero ($4.99) — First-person shooters in VR are especially complicated, especially if you're used to twitch shooting and tumbling around to escape enemy fire. Protocol Zero offers simple gameplay, but plenty of action to keep you busy.
  • Keep Talking and No One Explodes ($9.99) — This is a unique multiplayer Gear VR game, which is cool but requires you to have someone else nearby with a Gear VR for it to work. If you have another Gear VR owner nearby, the game is simple. One of you gets the instructions to diffuse the bomb, and the other gets the bomb to diffuse. Work together or die.
  • Herobound: Spirit Champion ($9.99) — Hack and slash the bad guys, solve the mysteries of the dungeons, and use what you've accomplished along the way to defeat the big bad at the end. Herobound takes the fairly standard dungeon crawler style and throws it in VR so your view from above can be used to better appreciate the world you're exploring.

Head over to the Gear VR thread to see more contributions, and if something is missing from the list from your experiences be sure to share your thoughts!

Russell is a Contributing Editor at Android Central. He's a former server admin who has been using Android since the HTC G1, and quite literally wrote the book on Android tablets. You can usually find him chasing the next tech trend, much to the pain of his wallet. Find him on Facebook and Twitter

  • Are their lists of games worth checking out for Cardboard (or other VR units) as well? I'm sure each device has it's own exclusive games and not everything is compatible across the board...
  • I have the same question Posted via the Android Central App
  • There is indeed a way to play cardboard apps on Gear VR :) Android Central App | S5 G900A kitkat root
  • As far as I know, the Gear VR games only work with the Gear VR. There is a way to make the Cardboard games work with the Gear VR. But not all of the Cardboard apps work well with the Gear VR.
  • True, Gear VR games need the Oculus service and the Gear VR attached to work. Cardbord apps and games can be used with the Gear VR if you temporarily disable the Oculus service. But they don't use the Gear VR's extra sensors so they compare very badly to "the real deal". After using the Gear VR I can't stand most Cardboard apps/games, the difference is huge.
  • That's funny how this is a forum about the Samsung vr yet folks want to try and sneak in something else total irrelevant . It you want the vr experience get Samsung Galaxy and a gear vr and your in . Are how about your phone of choice come up with the own vr Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's not irrelevant when it's possible to run cardboard apps on the GearVR. Android Central App | S5 G900A kitkat root
  • Does anyone know of any good bluetooth gamepads that will work with the Gear VR?
  • The iPega gamepads are your cheapest option, but they work really well. I.e. my iPega PG-9025 works great, I bought it new on ebay for €19.