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Best Family VR Games

Zornitsa Vuteva 1 month ago 0 18

For a long time, VR technology and immersive experiences have only been recognized and played by tech and gaming enthusiasts. However, as VR has become accessible it has also started being considered as an exciting way for families to connect and have fun together. With the rise of affordable VR headsets and a growing selection of family-friendly games, there’s never been a better time to explore the world of virtual reality gaming. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some of the best VR family games on the market today.

How were the top VR family games chosen?

  • We looked for games with age ratings suitable for younger audiences. That way, most of the featured titles are appropriate, as the family members’ ages are taken into consideration.
  • It was very important for us to include VR titles that had multiplayer mode so that more people could play at a time.
  • Games with different themes and games that included a lot of movement were also highlighted as those keep the younger ones active and motivate everybody else to keep up with them.

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ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission

Astro Bot Rescue Mission is a 3D platform game developed by Japan Studio’s Team Asobi division and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation VR (PSVR) platform. The game was released in 2018 and has received critical acclaim for its innovative use of the DualShock 4 controller and immersive VR gameplay.

The player controls Astro Bot, a small robot, as they navigate through 26 levels across five worlds to rescue their lost crew members. The game features precise controls, challenging platforming mechanics, and a variety of enemies and bosses to defeat.

One of the game’s unique features is its utilization of the DualShock 4 controller and VR technology. The player’s head movements control the camera, allowing for a 360-degree view of the environment. Additionally, the player can interact with the game world as a giant robot, destroying walls, dodging enemies, and blowing into the microphone to spread flower petals.

Astro Bot Rescue Mission also incorporates 3D audio, enabling the player to locate the voices of the lost bots and hidden Space Chameleons.

You can get this game for $19.99 from the PSVR Store, where it has garnered 4.2/5 stars.

The Lab

The Lab is a VR game developed by Valve that showcases a series of play experiences accessed through a hub room. Set in the Portal universe, the game offers eight different game types involving short demo experiences that utilize various aspects of VR technology. Designed to demonstrate the capabilities of VR technology and the possibilities of the medium, it provides a variety of experiences showcasing different ways VR can be used to create immersive and engaging experiences.

The Lab is not merely a collection of minigames but a showcase of VR’s potential and how it can be utilized to create new and unique experiences. It serves as a great example of how VR can deliver immersive and engaging experiences, making it a must-play for VR enthusiasts. Nominated for ‘Immersive Reality Game of the Year’ at the 20th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards, the recognition underscores its quality and innovation.

The game is meant to be played with the HTC Vive tracking system and two hand-held motion controllers, enabling full 3D motion and precise object manipulation. Through these motion controllers, players can interact with objects in the game world, such as a bow, repair tools, and a bowling ball. Additionally, the controllers act as physical objects in virtual space for minigames involving dodging projectiles. To enter each minigame, players pick up the corresponding snow globe scattered around the hub room and hold it.

The Lab is free to play and has the perfect rating of 10/10 stars.

Puppet Fever

Puppet Fever is a local multiplayer party game in VR where players take turns as the acting star of a virtual puppet theater. In the game, players act out scenes using virtual puppets, taking turns to perform for an audience of friends. The gameplay involves picking up various pictures around the virtual environment to act out sequences, blending elements of charades and theater. Puppet Fever supports hot seat multiplayer in VR, allowing players to embody a ‘freak’ and explore the magic of the virtual puppet theater with their friends. The game has received positive reviews on Steam, with users praising its fun and engaging gameplay.

Puppet Fever is available for purchase on Steam and offers support for multiple languages, including Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Indonesian, Hungarian, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Finnish, Swedish, Turkish, Vietnamese, and Ukrainian.

Puppet Fever is available for $14.99 from both the Meta Quest Store and SteamVR, where it has 8/10 stars.

Spaceteam VR

Spaceteam VR is a cooperative multiplayer virtual reality game. Players collaborate to maintain a spaceship by completing tasks such as pulling levers, pushing buttons, repairing consoles, and shooting aliens. The game is geared towards multiplayer interactions but also offers the option to play alone with AI robots as companions. Playing Spaceteam VR with friends, whether locally or online, enhances the experience. Additionally, players can include friends without VR headsets by utilizing a companion app on their mobile devices.

The game’s gameplay is lauded for its fast-paced and captivating nature, reminiscent of a space-themed version of Job Simulator. Despite its enjoyable gameplay, finding matches may be challenging due to the limited active player base. However, with cross-play support and the availability of a web-based companion app, Spaceteam VR aims to expand player engagement by enabling VR players to team up with mobile players, thus enriching the overall gaming experience.

Spaceteam VR is priced at $12.99 and can be purchased from both SteamVR and Meta Quest Store.

Cloudlands: VR Minigolf

Cloudlands: VR Minigolf overview

Cloudlands VR: Minigolf is a VR game developed by Futuretown that offers a unique and immersive minigolf experience. The game features an intuitive 1:1 swing mechanic, allowing players to use their VR controllers to swing their golf clubs and aim for the holes. Cloudlands VR: Minigolf has garnered positive reviews for its physics-based gameplay, providing a realistic feel to the minigolf experience. The game includes a single 18-hole course with various obstacles like ball cannons and floating bridges to challenge players.

Additionally, Cloudlands VR: Minigolf features a workshop where players can download and play custom maps created by other players. However, it seems that the developers have disabled the workshop and moved their maps to a personal server, making it difficult for players to find and download custom maps. Cloudlands VR: Minigolf is a recommended choice for families seeking a fun and immersive virtual reality mini-golf experience.

You can get Cloudlands: VR Minigolf for $19.99 from Meta Quest Store and SteamVR where it has received 9/10 stars.

Takelings House Party

Takelings House Party is a local multiplayer VR party game that can accommodate up to eight players, making it ideal for family gatherings. One player uses the VR headset to play as Hal, who must exterminate pests called Takelings, while the other players control the Takelings via their phones and try to cause as much damage as possible.

The game is designed to be easy to pick up and play, making it suitable for players of all ages and skill levels. The concept of the game is whimsical and fun, adding to its appeal as a family game. The fact that it can include as many people as possible, with up to eight players, makes it a great choice for a family gathering or party.

Takelings House Party costs $19.99 on SteamVR.

Beat Saber

Beat Saber is a fast-paced VR rhythm game that provides players with an immersive experience. It combines vibrant neon visuals, energizing music, and finely tuned action gameplay. In this game, players use a saber in each hand to slash beats represented by small cubes as they approach. By matching the direction and color of the beats, players can earn points and keep the music flowing. As the tempo increases, players must physically move to dodge obstacles by side-stepping and ducking while maintaining the rhythm and slashing the beats.

The game features over 40 tracks in its base version, with additional song packs available for purchase. These song packs showcase music from various renowned artists. Beat Saber offers a fun and challenging VR experience that is perfect for young people. It serves as a great way to get exercise, improve hand-eye coordination and rhythm, and have fun with friends and family. Moreover, it is a safe and accessible game that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels.

Beat Saber has the perfect rating of 10/10 stars on SteamVR and a 4.5/5 star rating on Meta Quest Store. It can be purchased from both platforms for $29.99.

VR Giants

VR Giants

VR Giants is an asymmetrical local co-op VR puzzle platformer game developed by Risa Interactive. The game allows two players to play together on the same device. One player in VR becomes a giant (Goliath), while the other player controls a tiny person (David) on the screen. The VR player can help the tiny player cross abysses or reach higher platforms by offering their body as a bridge. They must also protect the tiny player from dangers like fire and spikes. The tiny player’s task is to collect coins to open gates, but they need the giant’s assistance to do so.

The game aims to spark joy and teach kindness and team communication in a fun and intuitive way by leveraging the unique technological feature of two entirely different input devices.

You can get VR giants for $19.99 from SteamVR where it has a near perfect rating of 9/10 stars.

Conclusion

The potential of family VR games is vast and promising, offering a unique and immersive experience for families to bond and enjoy quality time together. However, it is essential to be aware of the potential risks and challenges associated with VR games, particularly in social VR applications, where unsupervised children and toxic behaviors may pose issues. That’s why it’s best to stick to the recommended titles when you want to spend time playing VR games with family members.

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Meet Zornitsa, our Content Manager, specializing in all things VR headsets and innovative VR use cases. With a passion for exploring the latest in virtual reality technology, Zornitsa is your trusted source for expert insights and informative content that will elevate your VR experience.

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