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Best VR platformers

Zornitsa Vuteva 1 month ago 0 7

If you grew up playing Super Mario or Sonic Mania, you’ve probably developed a strong attachment to the platformer genre. Jumping up and down, facing various obstacles, and replaying the game over and over again are what make platformers addicting experiences for people of all ages. Fortunately, if you have a VR headset, you can experience games of this nostalgic genre in an immersive way.

Here we’ve gathered worthwhile VR platformers anyone with experience in the genre should experience with.

How we chose the top VR platformers?

When choosing the best VR platformers, we followed this set of criteria:

  • Popularity – reviews and ratings of VR platformers were taken into consideration when selecting the top titles. The more positive the reviews were, the higher the chances were of any title to get in the running.
  • Gameplay style – we made sure to include different types of game styles like traditional jump ‘n’ run experiences, co-op titles, or puzzle adventures in VR platformers.
  • Compatibility – the featured titles are mostly all suitable for PCVR and Quest/Rift headsets, only a couple were PSVR supported.
  • Control – The character’s controls should feel responsive with no delay in jumps or movements.

Lucky’s Tale

Lucky’s Tale is a 3D platform game developed by Playful Studios and initially released in 2016 as a launch title for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. The game follows the story of Lucky, a fox on a quest to rescue his friend Piggy from the villainous Glorp. Players engage in 3D platforming gameplay across themed worlds, completing linear levels with various objectives like time trials and collecting hidden coins.

The game offers a third-person perspective, allowing players to control Lucky’s movements by tilting the headset. In 2021, a remastered version of Lucky’s Tale was released for Oculus Quest 2 and PCVR headsets via Steam. This version features enhanced graphics, audio, and movement mechanics and introduces Lucky’s character model from New Super Lucky’s Tale. Additionally, a PlayStation VR version became available in 2022.

Reception for Lucky’s Tale was mixed. Critics praised the sense of presence that virtual reality brought to the game but criticized aspects like repetitive gameplay and level design.

Lucky’s Tale costs $19.99 on SteamVR, where it has an 8/10 rating.

Ven VR Adventure

Ven VR Adventure is a 3D platformer set in VR developed by Monologic Games. It stands out for its graphics and immersive gameplay. Players embody Ven, the protagonist, on a quest to save the universe from the villain Bruce Nelson. Across twelve levels, players guide Ven through platforming challenges, gathering runes to earn extra lives. The game’s graphics are particularly impressive, featuring detailed environments and animations that enhance its visual appeal.

However, Ven VR Adventure encounters some challenges that impact the overall experience. One significant drawback is the in-game camera, which tracks Ven at a fixed distance along the Z-axis. This setup can lead to visibility issues, prompting players to uncomfortably adjust their viewing angles. Regarding audio, the game falls short of expectations due to inconsistent sound effects and occasional lapses in audio feedback during gameplay.

Despite these shortcomings, the game offers familiar controls for fans of 3D platformers. It may lack some of the charm and personality seen in similar titles like Astro Bot Rescue Mission.

The game can be purchased for $29.99 from both SteamVR (where it has a 7/10 rating) and Meta Store (where it has a 4.3/5 rating).

Astro Bot Rescue Mission

Astro Bot VR overview

Astro Bot Rescue Mission‘ is an engaging virtual reality game developed exclusively for PlayStation VR. In this innovative platformer, players embark on a thrilling adventure guiding Astro Bot, a charming robot, through various levels to rescue his lost crew scattered across different worlds. The game leverages the immersive capabilities of VR to provide players with a unique perspective, allowing them to interact with the environment in creative ways. For instance, they can use their controller to help Astro Bot navigate obstacles, defeat enemies, and uncover hidden secrets.

You can get Astro Bot Rescue Mission for $29.99 from the PSVR Store.

Pixel Ripped 1995

Pixel Ripped 1995 is a retro-inspired VR game that taps into the nostalgia of ’90s gaming, following its predecessor, Pixel Ripped 1989. Developed by ARVORE Immersive Experiences, this game takes players on a journey through colorful platformers, side-scrolling beat ’em ups, and RPGs reminiscent of classic games from the era.

The gameplay revolves around playing fictional games based on classics from the ’90s, with a unique twist where the game breaks out of the confines of a family’s CRT TV into the real world. The immersive experience combines elements of 2D and 3D gaming, creating a blend of real and virtual worlds that collide throughout the linear storyline.

Pixel Ripped 1995 offers players a mix of well-crafted homages to popular ’90s titles like Super Metroid, Streets of Rage, The Legend of Zelda, Crash Bandicoot, and Star Fox. The game cleverly integrates VR features into various 2D game interactions, making VR an essential component in almost every aspect of gameplay.

Players engage in a series of retro and real-world gaming sessions while battling against the evil Cyblin Lord alongside the hero Dot. The game’s narrative not only focuses on gaming challenges but also touches on themes like family dynamics and childhood struggles.

Pixel Ripped 1995 is $19.99 and can be purchased from SteamVR, where it has a 9/10 rating, and Meta Store, where it has a 4.6/5 star rating.

Trover saves the universe

‘Trover Saves the Universe’ is a virtual reality (VR) video game developed by Squanch Games and created by Justin Roiland, the co-creator of Rick and Morty.

In the game, the player controls a Chairorpian, a humanoid alien confined to a chair, on a mission to rescue their dogs and defeat Glorkon to prevent the end of the universe. The player is accompanied by Trover, a purple alien monster. Players issue commands to Trover for actions like running, jumping, and attacking from a second-person perspective. As players progress, they can upgrade the protagonist’s chair and unlock abilities like picking up objects or levitating at different heights. The chair serves as the game’s user interface, displaying power and health information.

The game showcases quirky humor, captivating gameplay mechanics, and immersive VR environments for players to explore.

Trover Saves the Universe costs $29.99 and is available for purchase on both Meta Store, where it has a 4.7/5 star rating, and on SteamVR, where it has a 9/10 star rating.

Yupitergrad

Yupitergrad VR overview

Yupitergrad is a virtual reality adventure game that offers a unique and challenging experience for players. It is set in an alternate-universe Soviet space station. The game combines web-swinging mechanics with puzzle-solving elements in a visually striking environment with brightly colored cell-shaded graphics that truly stand out in VR. Players are equipped with arm cannons featuring suction cups that allow them to swing through the space station by attaching to blue surfaces and pulling themselves towards them. This creates a fun but challenging traversal system. The game’s narrative revolves around the player exploring the abandoned space station to uncover what went wrong and prevent its demise. All the while, players interact with a humorous AI assistant that provides guidance and commentary in a deadpan, computerized voice.

While swinging through the station and solving puzzles can be enjoyable, the game’s difficulty ramps up significantly as players encounter obstacles like slamming doors and spinning hazards that require precise maneuvers to progress.

Yupitergrad is priced at $14.99 on SteamVR where it has the nearly perfect rating of 9/10 stars and on Meta Store where it has 4.7/5 star rating.

Hubris

Hubris is a VR action-adventure game that immerses players in a full VR experience, allowing free movement, climbing, swimming, and jumping in a unique Sci-Fi universe. Players assume the role of a recruit training to become an agent of the Order-Of-Objectivity (OOO). They explore the planetoid belt of the Twin planet system alongside pilot Lucia in search of the mysterious agent Cyanha. The game showcases colorful epic characters, alien wildlife, humanoids, and mechanized enemies, each requiring specific tactics for defeat.

The game offers visually stunning graphics and immersive movement options such as swimming, climbing, and more. Despite impressing with its graphics and character models, the game lacks in gameplay depth, providing fairly standard shooter mechanics once the initial visual awe fades. Players engage in combat against hostile wildlife and opposing factions while exploring alien landscapes and battling enemies in pursuit of the missing agent.

You can get Hubris for $29.99 from SteamVR, where it has a 7/10 user rating.

Moss and Moss: Book II

Moss is a virtual reality adventure game developed and published by Polyarc, an American video game development studio. The game offers a unique blend of first-person and third-person perspectives, focusing on puzzle-solving elements within an immersive fantasy world. Players are introduced to Quill, a young mouse, and embark on an adventure to save her uncle and defeat the antagonist, Sarffog, a fire-breathing snake who has overthrown Quill’s kingdom.

The gameplay of Moss is experienced through a VR headset (compatible with HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, PSVR) from a first-person perspective. Players control Quill, navigate environments, battle enemies, and manipulate their surroundings to solve puzzles. Notably, Quill interacts with the player using American Sign Language (ASL) for puzzle hints and emotional responses, creating a unique and engaging dynamic between the player and the in-game character.

The success of Moss led to the development of a sequel titled Moss: Book II. The development of Moss: Book II focused on expanding the world and enhancing player experience without straying from the successful formula of the first game. Efforts were made to create a more open world with backtracking and hidden collectibles.

Moss has a 9/10 rating on SteamVR and a 4.8/5 star rating on Meta Store and is priced at $19.99.

Conclusion

What makes each of the featured VR games worthwhile is their replayability. This one feature makes all platformers addicting and highly entertaining. And when you experience this in VR, you may get carried away. If you own a VR headset and have enjoyed playing Super Mario, trying any of the mentioned games should be a total no-brainer.

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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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