Sorry for the absence, our release lists are back now! This week’s collection of new releases for the HTC Vive is quite dense and includes a solid handful of titles for you to consider adding to your library. Tales of Glory is the first highlight from the bunch, throwing players into huge battlefields with over 100 NPCs at a time. Throttle Powah is a trick racing experience with unique locomotion where each controller serves as a motorized wheel. Lastly, Star Trek: Bridge Crew is arguably one of the most notable VR releases since the debut of immersive headsets with an incredibly fun multiplayer experience that demands teamwork and coordination.
We also have a top list of the absolute best HTC Vive games — which is updated every few months with the latest and greatest options.
New HTC Vive Releases on Steam
Far Space, from Alexey Glinskiy
Price: $1.19 (Currently Discounted)
Far Space is an immersive trek with a gripping story and shooter elements. Your team is exposed to something unexpected while repairing an orbital station and now you must figure out how to survive. Choices you make throughout will determine your life and the lives of your companions.
Recommendation: It’s an interesting concept that’s poorly executed. Pass on it at the moment.
StratoBash, from Phr00T’s Software
Price: $3.59 (Currently Discounted)
In StratoBash you’ll race up floating islands along the stratosphere while solving puzzles and throwing bashers at your enemies. Each island presents a unique set of obstacles including natural disasters, traps, and more. There’s also a mode to construct your own levels.
Recommendation: Not much to it, pass on this one.
UNTITLED, from Bean Boy Games
Price: $2.54 (Currently Discounted)
UNTITLED is a collection of puzzle courses to test your ingenuity and spatial awareness. There are over 100 trials and a wealth of tools to help you progress.
Recommendation: Decent addition to your puzzle genre library if that’s your thing.
BARBAR BAR, from Bartoš Studio, TEDI Games
BARBAR BAR is an…um…bar simulator if you couldn’t figure that out from the name. In this sci-fi dig you’ll be memorizing orders from customers and mix them as they’re requested. There are 4 levels for you to conquer and you’ll have to mix faster and faster.
Recommendation: It’s a free memorization game, more or less.
Operation Warcade VR, from Ivanovich Games
Price: $13.99 (Currently Discounted)
Warcade channels classic arcade on-rails shooting for an exciting VR experience. There’s a classic mode with 6 levels and final boss, but there’s also an immersive mode with 108 mission across 36 levels.
Recommendation: Recommended for fans of rail shooters. It’s like stepping inside of an arcade cabinet.
4D Toys, from mtb design works, inc.
4D Toys takes hold of your inner youth by giving you a virtual box of toys to play with. There’s an extra, unique dimension to tool around with and it affects the natural way the toys operate. There are over 100 interactive scenes with more to be added.
Recommendation: A bit pricey for what you get.
Microcosm, from paulstraw
In Microcosm you have the tools to build voxel worlds. Use solid, transparent, and glowing voxels to create scenes and sculptures with intuitive controls. There’s also a custom soundtrack by composer Kevin Jachetta to serve as background music while you create.
Recommendation: May not inspire a purchase if you already have one of the other creative apps but, if you don’t, this could be a cool addition to your library.
Streetball VR, from Indiecode Games
In Streetball VR, classic arcade streetball returns but with a VR twist. Across 3 maps you can take on opponents in 1 on 1 b-ball with a Hip Hop soundtrack to raise the energy. There’s a practice mode and a time mode for you to experience.
Recommendation: There are better basketball experiences to be found elsewhere, but the visuals are really nice.
VRun, from Phoenix3, Mr. L, Mr. T
VRun is an addictive VR endless runner inspired by Temple Run and similar titles. The running and obstacle traversal is enhanced with some gun play and the developers will be adding more content over time.
Recommendation: Keep an eye on it to see how it grows.
Life of Lon: Chapter 1, from Block Interval
As lead character Lon, you’re on a grand adventure through time and the stars. A creature named Yep joins as you work to unlock the mysteries of this world.
Recommendation: A free and visually impressive journey. Give it a shot.
Escape The Gray, from QRA-CS
Escape The Gray is an escape experience where the rooms and their unique puzzles are randomized with each playthrough. The devs will be adding new rooms in the future as well.
Recommendation: The randomized nature could offer a fresh escape experience. Give it a go if you’re not tired of these games already.
Riley Short: Analog Boy – Episode 1, from boxmyth
In Analog Boy, you play as Riley Short who shorts out any electronics he touches. Sadly, he exists in a futuristic world where just about everything is electronically operated including hovering cars and sentient refrigerators.
Recommendation: It’s a bit silly and has low production values, but worth a look if you’re into the wacky.
FORM, from Charm Games
Price: $14.99 (Currently Discounted)
FORM welcomes players into a world with puzzles built by surreal dreams and memories. There’s an ancient artifact at play and your goal is to solve the mystery of it while the world transforms around you.
Recommendation: Surreal and stimulating environments make this puzzler stand out. It’s a bit short, but it’s well-made.
Stunt Kite Masters VR, from HandyGames
Price: $3.99 (Currently Discounted)
Stunt Kite Masters VR brings a one-of-a-kind kite simulation experience that lets you take your custom kite models out into a collection of locations.
Recommendation: This is a virtual escape of a different, and fun, kind. Grab it.
Woeful Woebots, from Hello Bard AS
Price: $11.99 (Currently Discounted)
In Woeful Woebots your metal creations have turned against you. Grab your weapons and defend yourself before they toss you into the trash heap.
Recommendation: This is a stylish shooter with personality at a relatively low price. Add it to your library if you’re not tired of shooters yet.
Slice&Dice, from VRotein
Price: $7.99 (Currently Discounted)
In Slice&Dice your objective is to manipulate a collection of puzzles so that you can get the die into the goal. The cubes move at your desire as you push through this complex physics puzzler.
Recommendation: Need some new blood for your puzzle library? Take a look at this one.
The Murder Room VR, from Bellcat
The Murder Room is an escape experience with high stakes. Solve your puzzles as quickly as you can as what you perceive begins to unravel around you.
Recommendation: If you have a ton of escape games, not sure if this is a required buy for you.
Armor Clash II – VR, from Windforce
Recommendation: RTS fans should definitely give this a go.
BeanVR, from Shenzhen BeanVR Technology Co. Ltd
BeanVR is a social application with highly customizable profiles, multiple spaces, and interactive elements to engage in. The platform welcomes talk-show and cam-girl experiences as well.
Recommendation: It’s free, so definitely take a look and see if it stands out to you.
Relax Walk VR, from Indiecode Games
Relax Walk is a virtual escape that takes you to 6 photo-realistic environments: Mars, Forest, Ocean, China Temple, Oasis, and Apocalypse.
Recommendation: There’s not a ton to do, but the price coupled with the impressive visuals make it worthwhile for fans of eye candy.
Crystal Vibes feat. Ott., from Benjamin Outram
Crystal Vibes is a candy-colored psychedelic experience. Spatial 3D audio provides music synesthesia with production from Ott.
Recommendation: Check it out.
Ripple Effect, from Well Played Studio, Inc.
Price: Free To Play
Ripple Effect is another virtual escape for this week and includes 4 environments along with 5 games to play. The developers are promising a new game each week and you’ll also be able to play with friends. The games included are Spear Toss, Night Flight, Hammer and Shield, Sky Roots, and Mountain King.
Recommendation: Considering it’s free, give it a go. If the developers execute on their promises, this could be a premier VR experience. More info here.
Vanguard V, from ZeroTransform
Vanguard V is a VR flight adventure title where you’re the sole defender against the Parasites. The game channels the energy and excitement of classic space shooters and has developers with great pedigrees behind it.
Recommendation: Keep an eye on this during early access. Could be an impressive project.
Castle Wars VR, from Arrible
Price: $13.49 (Currently Discounted)
Castle Wars gives you control of the full battlefield with 3 different factions to use and fight in this real-time strategy romp. Combine different combat groups with faction units so you can conquer the enemy in online multiplayer or across 9 single-player missions.
Recommendation: It’s Early Access currently but looks quite promising. Lots of content already.
Tales of Glory, from BlackTale Games
Write your own destiny and lead your troops in Tales of Glory, a medieval combat experience. The battlefield will hold over 100 NPCs at a time with over 2,000 total soldiers continuously spawning. As it evolves, there will be more than 20 weapons, horse riding, and a growing number of battlefields.
Recommendation: This is a game you most certainly should keep an eye on. There’s massive potential here for a game that is already a lot of fun in its current form.
Country of One, from Roman Revzin
Price: $6.02 (Currently Discounted)
Country of One drops you into a virtual sandbox modeled after island fantasies. You can hunt and/or tame animals, build dwellings using a precise construction tool, and even create electro-mechanical devices using the environment around you. In the future, the developers will be adding a survival mode, air/land/water vehicles, co-op, and more.
Recommendation: Solid attempt at VR sandbox and survival play. Give it a go at this price.
Crowe: The Drowned Armory, from The Rogue Initiative
Price: $14.99 (Currently Discounted)
Crowe: The Drowned Armory is an inventive shooter with room-scale puzzles, tactical bow and shield combat, and cinematic visuals to boot. The game’s setting blends science-fiction and fantasy on the planet of Jayde, a place that has remained hidden for 1,000 years. In the first chapter, you’ll team with an Artificial Maintenance Intelligence (A.M.I., a techno-fairy) to restore power to an underwater reactor core.
Recommendation: Definitely consider this. Could be a great introduction to a vibrant world that will get more episodes down the line.
Galaxis Wars, from Clear Ink Studios
Price: $10.79 (Currently Discounted)
Taking place in the year 2120, Galaxis Wars tells the story of humans facing an extinction-level threat in the war with the Galaxis. The players progress through different scenarios in their simulation chamber, each inspired by arcade shooters.
Recommendation: There are many similar experiences with a bit more to offer, but give it a look if you really need something new.
Giant Cop: Justice Above All, from Other Ocean Interactive
As the Giant Cop, use your size to explore, find hidden objects, and uncover the criminal plot taking place in Micro City. There’s a story with plenty humor, reactive NPCs, and plenty missions with a 70s aesthetic.
Recommendation: We likened it to more of a tech demo in our review and it’s a hard sell at this price point.
Throttle Powah VR, from Diego F Beltran, Mauricio Tunes, Luiz Zaiats
Price: $8.49 (Currently Discounted)
Using each controller as a motorized rocket wheel, Throttle Powah thrusts you into a unique style of racing in VR. Utilize the original locomotion style to freestyle tricks, race, and jump all over the imaginative environments.
Recommendation: This unique title deserves your attention. Grab it and hit some sick tricks if you don’t get motion sick.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew, from Ubisoft
Star Trek: Bridge Crew puts four players in the role of Captain, Helm, Tactical, or Engineer as you control the U.S.S. Aegis or U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701. You’ll need to coordinate well as a crew while making strategic decisions to complete your missions, which are procedurally generated in the “Ongoing Missions” mode in addition to a structured storyline.
Recommendation: Bridge Crew got an 8 out of 10 from our team and is a must-have for your VR library especially if you have friends to play it with. Here is the review.
Poker Show VR, from Kogei
Price: $8.99 (Currently Discounted)
Poker Show VR blends realistic poker with real-life fashion models who remove clothing as they lose. You’ll have 3 models as opponents for the classic five-card draw style of poker. The models may even text or send selfies after your match.
Recommendation: Judge for yourself. It’s pre-recorded 360 videos with light interactivity over the top.
BREACH IT, from Domas Sabockis
Price: $8.99 (Currently Discounted)
BREACH IT is a team-based tactical attack/defend shooter with realistic shooting and environment destructibility that can be harnessed as you tackle the objectives. Defenders can reinforce walls or board doors while attacks can take a hammer or explosives to obstacles.
Recommendation: Seems like it could become the Rainbow Six Siege of VR, so check it out.
Dustoff Heli Rescue 2, from Invictus Games Ltd.
Dustoff Heli Rescue 2 is a classic-style sidescroller with voxel visuals and lots of explosions. You’re tasked with taking out enemies in different areas en route to rescuing hostages at prisoner of war camps. The game includes 35 unique missions, 9 different helicopters, 3 bonus vehicles, 11 weapons, and more.
Recommendation: If you’re looking for intense, side-scrolling action, this is your game.
IKEA VR Pancake Kitchen, from IKEA Communications AB
Price: Free To Play
This culinary experience lets you make some virtual pancakes with the help of IKEA’s kitchen specialist. You’ll learn the key aspects of a kitchen and make the perfect pancakes.
Recommendation: You can’t eat these pancakes, but hopefully the skills will translate. Check it out.
RoadkillerZ, from Black Room Games
Price: $3.39 (Currently Discounted)
RoadkillerZ is a vehicular combat game where you battle beneath the world’s cities in a secret world of violence. Your goal is to win the Scumball Derby and you have a couple vehicles (a couple more will be added) to complete your task. Also, run over zombies to get yourself a few power-ups.
Recommendation: Jump into this one early and hold on for dear life.
VeeR Pong, from Ian Slattery
Price: $7.49 (Currently Discounted)
Need a place to practice your beer pong skills? VeeR Pong is the experience for you. The game has realistic physics top to bottom so you can show off your shot and even team up with a friend. Or play against them if you’re feeling especially competitive.
Recommendation: Pass on this one.
The Glade, from Kelly Studios
Price: $2.99 (Currently Discounted)
The Glade is survival wave shooter where you face off against giant spiders while earning points to upgrade your weapons.
Recommendation: Decent inexpensive wave shooter. Check it if you wish.
Primal Reign, from Immersive VR Limited
It’s Egypt 1943 and Primal Reign has you exploring ancient tombs where Nazi’s tampering with time has ended with devastating, prehistoric results. You’ll face 10 increasingly difficult waves of enemies with your WWII sub-machine gun, automatic rifle, and grenades.
Recommendation: It’s free so test it out. If it does well, the devs want to add a lot more content.
True Blades, from Gemerizon Studio Inc.
Price: $29.99 (Currently Discounted)
True Blades delivers cutting edge (heh) medieval sword fighting on an island of over 240 acres. Knights, men-at-arms, goblins, orcs, warlocks, and more are your assailants with a realistic combat system for you to take them down with.
Recommendation: Hold off to see what this game becomes in Early Access before investing. There’s certainly potential.
Prevent The Fall, from D.W.S.
Price: $12.74 (Currently Discounted)
Prevent The Fall is a hardcore RPG/dungeon crawler with semi-procedurally generated dungeons and tons of items to acquire. Characters max at level 20 and you can tackle the game with a friend in online co-op where the number of monsters scale.
Recommendation: It’s a little rough around the edges currently, but keep an eye on this as it progresses through Early Access.
New HTC Vive Releases on Viveport
Virtual Sports, from Vive Studios
Virtual Sports gives you space for some realistic and immersive ping pong or tennis. You can play with friends or take on a career mode against opponents in various venues. There’s also a Fun Mode for you to practice and learn in.
Recommendation: A decent addition to your library through your Viveport subscription if you like ping pong enough.