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The 25 Best Oculus Quest Games And Experiences – Summer 2020

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It’s safe to say that Oculus Quest came out of the gates swinging. That makes picking a list of the best Oculus Quest games pretty tough.

Facebook’s standalone VR headset, which seems to have singlehandedly reignited the entire VR industry, launched with over 50 apps. In the months that have followed it’s cherry-picked a steady stream of other greatest hits to bring to an entirely new audience. The result is a platform that has a tightly curated list of fantastic VR experiences that are easy to discover.

Also keep in mind that, while our best PSVR, Rift and Steam VR games lists are all fairly consistent, we approach our Quest list through a bit of a different lens. We have to weigh up how much the wire-free gameplay improves the experience against how well a game has been ported and its technical performance. You’ll see a lot of different changes in this list, then.

But which are our favorites? (Don’t forget to check our list of the best games to sideload on Quest via SideQuest, and if you’re looking to join a friend in VR be sure to check out our list of best multiplayer games on Quest!)

What Are The Best Oculus Quest Games?

We’ve gone deep into the Quest library to come up with our updated list of the 25 best Oculus Quest games and experiences. Quest already spans a diverse number of genres, offering everything from accessible entry points to blockbuster titans.

If you’re looking to build out your library, you need to start here.

25. Trover Saves The Universe – Read Our Review

Squanch Games’ absurdist VR adventure shines brightest on Oculus Quest. If you liked Accounting+ for its sheer strangeness, Trover offers even more where that came from with a full, fun gaming experience bolted on top too. You’ll run, jump and slash your way through acid-vibrant worlds here.

Fair warning: Trover is vulgar and definitely not for the faint of heart in its approach to comedy, but what else would you expect from the creator of Rick and Morty?

24. Eleven: Table Tennis

If you want the most accurate, authentic representation of a sport in VR today, Eleven: Table Tennis is easily your best bet. This simulation-level game offers the most convincing take on a sport that makes perfect sense in VR. Whether you’re serving up hotshots or getting in desperate returns, Eleven’s physics behave exactly the way you’d expect and tapping the ball with your controller starts to feel as natural as if it were a paddle. More than just a great game, Eleven is one of the rare VR experiences that feels like a genuine replacement for our reality. It’s that good.

23. Vacation Simulator – Read Our Review

Job Simulator laid the groundwork for many of the great VR interactions we enjoy today. Vacation Simulator builds on that progress with a whole host of excellent minigames that keep comfort and immersion at the heart of each and every activity. Whether you’re on a ski slope simulator, building sandcastles or, uh, applying lotion to robots, each of the game’s tasks is carefully considered.

Not to mention that the game has a great sense of humor and an enthusiastic curiosity to explore new things in VR. Vacation Simulator is the kind of experience that proves we haven’t seen all there is to VR yet. Far from it, in fact; there are some minigames here that could be fleshed out into their own titles.

22. Spaceteam VR – Read Our Review

What do you get if you take one of the most frantic local co-op smartphone games around and port it to VR? The answer is Spaceteam VR, a game that will have your Oculus Quest microphone begging for a time out. You and up to eight players work together to maintain a spacecraft, barking ridiculous orders at each other and carrying out a range of increasingly stupid tasks.

What makes Spaceteam great is the close attention paid to capturing the magic of local multiplayer and bringing it into VR. With Spaceteam VR you really feel like you’re in the room with friends when they could be on the other side of the world. It’s a remarkable showcase of the power of social VR.

21. I Expect You To Die – Read Our Review

When Schell Games’ I Expect You To Die first launched years ago it offered a handful of levels that made for great escape room-style VR puzzling. Since then the developer had added yet more levels for free, making the Quest version that arrived in May 2019 the best release yet. This is a hugely enjoyable strand of trial-and-error brain-teasing that’s designed specifically around VR.

Each and every level presents a diverse set of challenges with varied mechanics. Schell Games physically built out its levels in the real world to test fun ideas and it really shows here. This is as dynamic an experience as VR should be.

20. Accounting+ – Read Our Review

VR doesn’t get weirder nor more surreal than Accounting+, and we mean that in a very good way. This mad mashup from the minds behind Rick and Morty and Crows, Crows, Crows is a startling, erratic exploration of character presence in VR. In Accounting+, grotesque creatures scream at you and friendly abominations are gutted accidentally. It’s scary, awkward, hilarious and a wide range of other things that many VR games aren’t. That makes it one of the best Oculus Quest games.

19. Robo Recall Unplugged

We didn’t think Epic Games’ shiny shooter would ever be able to make it onto Quest. Boy were we wrong; the core experience remains fully intact here. This expansive wave shooter lets you tinker to your heart’s content, finding the fun in robot massacre. Graphically it obviously doesn’t match the PC original, but it’s still a standout on Quest that proves the platform is capable of grand-scale VR games.

Robo Recall is essentially a superhero game. You’ll catch bullets in slow motion, use enemies as shields and rip arms off with a mere thought. The aim of the game is to make you feel powerful, and Robo Recall certainly succeeds in that arena.

18. Apex Construct – Read Our Review

Apex Construct has to be one of the more ambitious ports from PC VR and PSVR to Quest, offering a full campaign built around the satisfaction that comes with firing a bow and arrow in VR. Fast Travel games pulled the conversion off with style, delivering a feature-complete version of a fun adventure that gives you a glimpse of what a full VR game looks like.

Apex is a game of earnest intentions, with multiple levels, a light Metroidvania structure, upgrades, collectibles and everything else you’d expect from a modern videogame.  If you want the full campaign experience in VR, this is a great choice.

17. Lies Beneath – Read Our Review

Oculus Quest doesn’t have too many narrative-driven, single-player adventures. If that’s what you’re looking for, it’s well worth putting on a brave face and taking on Lies Beneath, a stylish and fitting tribute to the Silent Hill series from one of VR’s most promising new developers, Drifter.

In Lie Beneath, your return to your Alaskan hometown to find it overrun with monsters. What follows is hours of creepy action and that makes full use of VR, with disturbing (if not outright terrifying) scares and ax-wielding combat. Lies Beneath is one of the best Oculus Quest games and we hope to see more from it in the future.

16. Phantom: Covert Ops – Read Our Review

Phantom’s premise mighty sound initially ridiculous because, well, it is. Taking place over the course of a single night, you sabotage a Cold War-era naval facility from the comfort of a kyack. Yes, the entire game is set within the confines of a one-man craft. It’s a little silly, but you should go with it.

Why? Because Phantom’s premise enables one of VR’s most immersive games and best stealth experiences.  Paddling through the water, grabbing weapons fitted to your kyack and staying hidden in the reeds puts remarkably few barriers between you and the experience, making Phantom one of those rare games you can get fully lost in.

15. OhShape – Read Our Review

Rhythm action games are a dime a dozen on VR headsets, but OhShape stands out thanks to its focus on fitness and a suite of options. It’s essentially human Tetris; blocks with human-shaped holes move towards you, and you have to mimic their shapes to score points. Plus there are obstacles to dodge and coins to collect, making for a truly active VR game to keep you on your toes.

But OhShape also offers custom songs and a long list of options to tweak the experience to your liking. If you’re coming to VR specifically looking for a VR fitness game, OhShape should be where you start.

14. Five Nights At Freddy’s VR – Read Our Review

Ever wanted to give yourself a heart attack? Firstly, what’s wrong with you? Second, Five Nights At Freddy’s VR is the closest you’ll get to that experience in the comfort of your own home. Most VR horror games try to be at least a little cautious with their jump scares so that people can actually play them. FNAF has no such interest in any consideration.

Across several minigames that include content from past games and new experiences, you’ll try to survive against a haunting army of abandoned animatronics, trying to keep tabs on them as they stalk you and trying to fix things without being eaten (wait, do they eat you?). If you’re looking for the ultimate VR scarefest, you can’t go wrong with this house of horrors, making it one of the best Oculus Quest games.

13. The Under Presents – Read Our Coverage

Building on the surrealist success of Virtual Virtual Reality, The Under Presents is Tender Claws’ most ambitious and all-round best VR experiment yet. In this thriving hub of performing virtual arts you’re always bound to discover something new, be it in the scripted content, live shows or social interactions.

The Under itself is a theater consisting of scripted stage performances that you can enjoy with others, or watch an Invisible Hours-style headlining play. At points throughout the day, though, you’ll also discover actors performing live in mini-plays and mock game shows you can interact with. The Under Presents is a living, breathing hub of VR exploration, and you shouldn’t miss it.

12. The Room VR: A Dark Matter – Read Our Review

Puzzle masters Fireproof Games knock it out of the park again with a typically excellent rendition of The Room series, this time for VR headsets. This short, sweet adventure is set in the British Institute of Archaeology, where you’ll solve challenging trials in search of a missing archaeologist.

What makes The Room VR work is its commitment to the platform it’s appearing on. This isn’t just a bunch of puzzles that would work on a traditional screen; each and every one has been thoughtfully invented with VR at its core. That makes it easily one of the best Oculus Quest games, especially if you’re into puzzles.

11. Star Wars: Vader Immortal Trilogy – Read Our Review

Vader Immortal isn’t a massive, multi-hour Star Wars epic with upgradable skills and deep combat. It is, by traditional gaming standards, a pretty slim package, lasting a little over 90 minutes. But look below the surface and you’ll find something much more interesting; an episodic series that wants to provide a completely immersive VR experience that anyone can enjoy.

There’s fun lightsaber combat to be had both in the story and the excellent Dojo mode, but Vader Immortal’s best moments come from basking in the presence of the Dark Lord himself and meeting other characters in VR. It’s an exercise in story-living and a pretty good one at that.

10. Moss – Read Our Review

Moss is one of a handful of 2018 games that proved that third-person VR experiences don’t just work but can make for some of the absolute best content out on the platform right now. You guide an adorable little mouse named Quill through diorama-sized levels, solving puzzles and taking on fearsome critters in sword-based combat.

While its mechanically refined, Moss’ real claim to fame is the bond you build with Quill over the course of the adventure. Playing as a larger companion to the tiny protagonist, you really start to connect with her as you work together to overcome obstacles. It feels very much like a team effort, which is quite a remarkable feeling in itself. Moss is easily one of the best Oculus Quest games – bring on Book 2.

9. Red Matter – Read Our Review

Broadly speaking, many developers have done a pretty good job bringing their PC and console VR games to Quest. No one has pulled it off quite as well as Red Matter, though, which absolutely shines on the platform. In this intriguing adventure-mystery, you journey to an alien planet to investigate an abandoned enemy base in the midst of a Cold War-style sci-fi conflict. But developer Vertical Robot puts immersion above all else, making for an experience you can truly lose yourself in. Red Matter isn’t just the best looking game on the platform, it’s also one of the very best Oculus Quest games.

8. In Death: Unchained – Read Our Review

A lot of VR games are fun, but a little on the forgiving side. In Death: Unchained is definitely not guilty of that crime; this grueling roguelike action game is likely the toughest title on the platform and that’s very much one of its strengths.

In In Death, you fight your way through procedurally-generated levels with either a bow and arrow or crossbow, dodging incoming fire from enemy archers and attempting to put down monsters before they reach you. Gradual progression and the promise of a new run every time make this an addictive experience you won’t want to put down. Best train up your arrow arm, though.

7. Beat Saber – Read Our Review

VR’s poster child finds its most natural fit on Quest. In Beat Saber, you slash notes to a beat, dodge obstacles and try to master an ever-growing list of fantastic tracks.

Wire-free gameplay breaks down the barriers between you and the music as you slice your way through an ever-growing list of tracks. Beat Saber is empowering, energetic and VR’s most devilishly addictive game yet. Don’t expect that status to change any time soon.

6. A Fisherman’s Tale – Read Our Review

As great as VR is, its initial novelty is bound to wear off after your first few weeks or so. If you want to recapture the magic of putting on the headset for the first time, though, there’s one destination that’s bound to deliver: A Fisherman’s Tale. This is a mind-bending puzzle game unlike anything you’ll see elsewhere. That alone makes it one of the best Oculus Quest games.

In A Fisherman’s Tale, you solve intricate, scale-based puzzles in which you work… with yourself. Its best puzzles utilize a miniature model of the lighthouse the game’s set in. Lift the roof of the model and you’ll see a mini-you, imitating your every move. Just try and keep your brain from breaking as you hand yourself giant objects, or reach down to poke your own head. It’s a trip to say the least. Throw in a poignant story about self-acceptance and you have a short, sharp VR game that will stay with you much longer than most multi-hour epics.

5. Pistol Whip – Read Our Review

Pistol Whip may be the new kid on the block but, for our money, its sharpshooting, sharp sounding, beat-based gameplay proves to be even more hypnotic than Beat Saber. In this neon-lit shooter, you stream down corridors, blasting bad guys to grizzly tunes, avoiding incoming fire and trying to rack up the best scores.

Pistol Whip’s key is to take influence not just from the VR sales king but also Superhot and, most prominently, John Wick. Whereas Beat Saber wants to make you a dancing Jedi master, Pistol Whip aims to teach you gun-fu with style, elegantly fusing the rhythmic and cinematic together a pulsating, vibrant monster of its own.

4. Onward – Read Our Review

Whereas Onward on PC is a worthy contender for the best online shooter, it definitely faces stiff competition. But, on Quest, the wire-free gameplay really comes into its own, opening up new tactics like easily going prone. Yes, the game’s suffered visually to get onto the headset, but when you’re aiming down your sights, scanning for targets, you won’t notice.

Onward pays close attention to realism, making it a game that can be hard to get to grips with, but absolutely rewarding to master. For that reason, it’s one of the best Oculus Quest games.

3. Ghost Giant – Read Our Review

Upon first glance, Ghost Giant appears to be a charming little puzzler that makes the most of diorama-sized worlds. And that’s very much the case; in this adorable papercraft world you help your young companion out with different chores and tasks. That includes tickling clams and making intentive art in wonderfully tranquil locations. It’s whimsy, delightful and amazing in VR. But that’s only half the story.

Ghost Giant also hides a thoughtful take on depression, smartly communicated through this new medium. The game uses intimacy, scale and connection in engaging ways that bring you closer to the world and characters around you. It’s surprising and responsible, delivering some incredibly powerful moments. All told, it’s one of the most striking and unforgettable examples of VR storytelling yet seen.

2. Echo VR – Read Our Review

Though we’d love to see Lone Echo itself come to Quest, Echo VR is a thrilling addition to the library all on its own. In this multiplayer zero-gravity game, you take part in futuristic esports, throwing discs to score points on a team. The movement is fast, fluid and entirely natural.

Though we don’t have the excellent Echo Combat expansion here (yet), Echo VR had stood the test of time as a multiplayer game with a growing community that was naturally conceived for the platform. To us, that’s far more important than trying to cram a genre everyone wants to see in VR onto the platform with mixed results. This is one of Oculus Quest’s most immersive and all-round best games.

1. Superhot VR – Read Our Review

We know, we know, another ‘Best 25 List’, another win for Superhot VR. But that stands testament to how powerful this VR shooter remains even today; a potent concoction of physical VR movement, eye-opening combat freedom and cinematic flair that others can but wish to replicate. Even better, Quest’s lack of wires and a first-rate port make this the best way to play arguably VR’s best game. Topping Superhot VR on our list of best Oculus Quest games will be tough.

Do you agree with our list of best Oculus Quest games and apps? Let us know in the comments below!

Update 09/13/20 – Acron, Down The Rabbit Hole, National Geographic, Rec Room, VRChat, Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes, Virtual Virtual Reality, The Climb and The Exorcist were all removed from the list. Onward, Echo VR, Spaceteam VR, The Under Present, Five Nights At Freddy’s, Phantom: Covert Ops and Trover Saves The Universe were all added.

Update 04/09/20 – The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets, Space Pirate Trainer, Journey of the Gods, Face Your Fears II, Racket: Nx and Job Simulator were removed from the list. Down The Rabbit Hole, Ghost Giant, The Room VR, Eleven: Table Tennis, Vacation Simulator and OhShape replaced them.

Update 12/06/19 – A Fisherman’s Tale, Pistol Whip. Espire 1, Space Pirate Trainer, National Geographic VR, The Climb and The Curious Tale Of The Stolen Pets were added to the list. They replaced Raccoon Lagoon, Wands, Fujii, Orbus Reborn, BoxVR, Dreadhalls and Thumper.

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