Google Daydream View has launched with only a small selection of videogame titles available from day one, but with prices ranging from free to £9.99 GBP, you’ll want to make sure you get your money’s worth. VRFocus has played each and every one of the videogame titles available to download via the Daydream app, so read on for our recommendations of the best videogames to play now.
A Google Daydream exclusive title, EarthShape has been developed by Bithell Games of Volume and Thomas Was Alone fame. Volume is of course set to receive its own virtual reality (VR) tie-in in the form of Volume: Coda, but Bithell Games’ first entry into the new medium is an odd puzzle title narrated by Sue Perkins.
Priced at £4.79 and featuring both a campaign and an endless gameplay mode, EarthShape is a worthwhile investment that may not make use of all the unique capabilities of VR, but is enjoyable and makes good use of the Google Daydream’s 3DOF controller.
Another Google Daydream exclusive and arguably the most traditional videogame experience currently available on the VR format, Hunters Gate lies somewhere between Diablo and Robotron. It’s an arcade shooter featuring two playable characters – and also, co-operative gameplay for two players – and with progression the player can unlock new weapons, spells and skills to take on their foes.
Sadly, the co-operative gameplay is limited to local wi-fi connections only, which does put a bit of a dampener on things, but even without online options Hunters Gate packs a solid amount of hours into its action-orientated package.
The third and final Google Daydream exclusive on VRFocus’ list, Danger Goat has been developed by UK VR specialist studio nDreams. The amusing premise (and associated marketing) belies a somewhat devilish puzzle videogame in which the player must guide a runaway goat through hundreds of traps, catapult the goat long distances and cause general mayhem as they attempt to reach safety in each level.
Danger Goat is available to download for Google Daydream now, priced at £4.99. nDreams has already stated that more Google Daydream videogames are in the works at the studio, but further titles are yet to be announced.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
The most expensive videogame title currently available for Google Daydream View, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes will be familiar to anyone who’s been paying attention to the VR scene over the last year. One player wears the head-mounted display (HMD) while another uses the freely printable manual. The first player has the view of a bomb, including any exposed cables and buttons, while the second player has to interpret this clues in order to find a guide to diffuse the bomb within the manual.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes has already launched on a number of different formats, and if you’ve already purchased a VR edition of the videogame there’s little difference here. However, if you’re new to VR with Google Daydream View, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is an easy recommendation, despite the high price tag.
VRFocus will be bringing you more details on these in the coming days, including detailed reviews, but be sure to check out our guide to the best apps for Google Daydream in the meantime!