Michael Vane

10 Best Oculus Quest Games, Ranked | Man of Many

Beat Saber is our pick for the best game on Oculus Quest. It’s the unique mix of Guitar Hero meets Star Wars’ lightsaber battles, all performed to an eclectic mix of original EDM tracks and popular music that makes it such a stand out experience. Beat Saber is also a full-body workout that’s great played alone but an even better party starter when taking turns with friends, competing for high scores. With 15 tracks to choose from and over 70 more available through DLC, there’s no doubting this is one of best Oculus Quest games ever made.

1. Beat Saber

From Justin Roiland, the co-creator of Rick and Morty comes an immersive adventure that is equal parts hilarious and absurd. The story opens with a beaked lunatic stealing your dogs and stuffing them into his eye holes, granting him the power to destroy the universe. You then partner with and control Trover, a purple eye hole monster to explore a series of weird planets, defeating aliens in combat and solving puzzles in one of the best Oculus Quest games we’ve come across. Trover Saves the Universe recaptures the thrills of classic platformers like Super Mario 64 and Banjo-Kazooie and elevates the material with familiar voice acting and crude, unhinged comedy throughout.

2. Trover Saves the Universe

It’s Tetris like you’ve never seen, heard, or felt before. Taking a well-loved title and turning it into one of the best Oculus Quest games on the market is no mean feat, but designer Tetsuya Mizuguchi managed it. The core gameplay is the same as it’s always been: place blocks in rows to clear lines. What makes Tetris Effect unique is the immersive three-dimensional worlds that react and evolve based on how you play. We’re talking about music, backgrounds, sounds and special effects. Everything down to the Tetris pieces themselves, pulse, dance, shimmer, and explode in perfect sync with how you’re playing. It’s like a dance party for your fingertips and an immersive light show within the Oculus Quest headset.

3. Tetris Effect

Arguably the best first-person shooter on Oculus Quest, Robo Recall: Unplugged is a non-stop action simulator that pits you against waves of defective robots all ready for you to ‘decommission.’ The Blade Runner-inspired story opens with a barrage of homicidal robots on the loose. You play as a Recaller who must rely on wits, reflexes and an arsenal of weapons to eliminate the robot uprising. It’s incredibly satisfying to shred these bots with bullets because they break up different each time. Add in high scores and advanced challenges and the ballet of bullets can continue once all the robots have been recalled.

4. Robo Recall: Unplugged

Spread across three separate episodes, Vader Immortal is the immersive Star Wars experience you’ve been waiting for and one of the best Oculus Quest games out there. You play as a Han Solo-like smuggler with a droid companion who is thrust on a grand adventure both working for and against Darth Vader. Featuring an original story from the writer of The Dark Knight Trilogy, this VR series has you up close and personal with the feared Sith Lord while you hone lightsaber skills and explore the fiery depths of Mustafar, Vader’s homeworld. Once the credits have rolled, there’s a Lightsaber Dojo for that open-ended training experience where you can master the weapon of the Jedi Knights.

5. Star Wars: Vader Immortal

One of the most bizarre games on this list is also one of the most satisfying. Phantom: Covert Ops is a stealth shooter where you’re tasked with infiltrating hostile wetlands across one night to prevent an all-out war. What makes it unusual is that all action takes place from the seat of your military kayak. Yes, a kayak. This watercraft is just a tool used for adding natural movement to VR, and you’re still blasting away enemies across a familiar first-person shooter campaign utilising silenced pistols, sniper rifles, machine guns and more. If you play just one game this year that makes use of a kayak, make it Phantom: Covert Ops.

6. Phantom: Covert Ops

Moss is a storybook action-adventure featuring a mouse named Quill on an epic journey to save her uncle from evil forces. Together you will explore a fantasy world, sword fight monsters, traverse platforms and solve puzzles along the way. Moss will feel familiar to anyone who has owned a gaming console or two. But the immersive nature of VR elevates the experience by actually placing you in the world of Moss, and that makes the whole situation feel that much more special. Definitely one of the best Oculus Quest games for people seeking a bit of relaxing nostalgia.

7. Moss

No list of the best games for Oculus Quest is complete without Superhot VR. Blurring the lines between cautious strategy and unbridled mayhem, Superhot is the first-person shooter in which time moves only when you move. The original game did a bang-up job of making you feel like you’re in the slow-mo scenes from The Matrix. Superhot VR does more of the same but makes you an active participant in the over-the-top shootouts of which this game has plenty.

8. Superhot VR

One player dons the Oculus Quest which traps them in a room with a ticking time bomb to defuse. The other players are the “Experts” who must use smartphones to read the instructions and share appropriate info with the player diffusing the bomb. Everyone has to talk it out, and one mistake is all it takes for things to go boom. Featuring a combination of puzzle-solving and communication skills, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is the perfect VR addition to games night.

9. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

In a world where robots have replaced all human jobs, step into the ‘Job Simulator’ to learn what it was like ‘to job’. Players can relive the glory days of work by simulating the ins and outs of being a gourmet chef, an office worker, a convenience store clerk, and a mechanic. Throw a stapler at your boss. Pour coffee in the printer. Break things—this is the sort of physics-based humour you will find here. Job Simulator is not a deep or overly long game, but it’s a great way to experience what’s possible in VR. If you like this one be sure to check out the spin-off Vacation Simulator.

10. Job Simulator

Rec Room is the best free Oculus Quest game and the best place to hang out with friends in VR. Together, you can play intense multiplayer games or explore immersive environments. There are thousands of user-created game and event rooms to discover, with new ones added al the time. You can even build your own rooms. Rec Room is cross-platform and free, so there’s no reason not to join in.

1. Rec Room

Bait! is an excellent, chilled alternative to all the shooting and violence of the other games on this list. Unless you consider catching fish a violent act. Spread yourself across four unique lakes to catch rare fish to fill the aquarium at your workplace. That’s it. Bait! is about relaxing and winding down, and it achieves those goals while staying away from your wallet. Win!

2. Bait!

This is what happens when you let talented and creative people make their mark on a new medium. Dear Angelica is a slightly interactive short film that’s entirely painted by hand and presented in VR. It’s directed by a former Pixar artist, made its debut at Sundance and stars Geena Davis and Mae Whitman. The premise explores the magical and dreamlike ways we remember our loved ones. Dear Angelica is fifteen minutes (and zero dollars) well spent.

3. Dear Angelica

What you have here is an 80s-inspired virtual sandbox designed for exploring the potential of VR technology. Oculus First Contact is all about touching, tapping, holding and throwing things utilising the innovative Oculus Touch controllers. You also score a Wall-E-like robot to guide the way.

4. Oculus First Contact

The Key is an award-winning, surreal short film narrated by Arrested Development’s Alia Shawkat. It’s described as a magical realism experience that will take you on a journey through dreams, facing challenges and difficult decisions, leading to a shocking reveal. You don’t need to do much, so relax and let the story guide you.

5. The Key

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