Reviews

  • Neverout_Header Review: Neverout Friday, February 5, 2016 - There’s a moment in Neverout in which you drop into the title’s central hub for the first time. It comes after around 20 levels of excellent puzzling action that plays on your understanding of gravity and comfort with heights, yet remains impressively comfortable itself. For a moment,…

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    Genre: Puzzle
    Series: Gear VR | Subjects: Setapp
    Illustrated by Setapp
  • DimLight_Header Review: Dim Light Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - Videogame horror is at its best when it restricts the player. Resident Evil‘s biggest scares came in the age of tank controls and awkward camera angles, while Amnesia: The Dark Descent thrived on preventing players from fighting back against enemies they couldn’t even look at for a…

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    Genre: Adventure, Horror
    Series: Gear VR | Subjects: SANBAE
    Illustrated by SANBAE
  • OrionTrail_Header Review: Orion Trail Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - It must have been an exciting moment for Schell Games when it first considered the idea of porting last year’s crowd-funded ‘choose your own adventure’ title, Orion Trail, to virtual reality. With work on the upcoming I Expect You to Die already under its belt, the team…

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    Genre: Adventure
    Series: Gear VR | Subjects: Schell Games
    Illustrated by Schell Games
  • SnowStrike Review: Snow Strike Saturday, December 26, 2015 - Virtual reality (VR) designed for a young age is a relatively unexplored concept. The Gear VR mobile-based head-mounted display (HMD), for example, sets a minimum age of 13 for use, though co-creator Oculus VR hasn’t cited any specific medical reasoning for this. Even so, there are a…

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    Genre: Gallery Shooter
    Series: Gear VR | Subjects: dpid.co
    Illustrated by dpid.co
  • KeepTalkingandNobodyExplodes_Header3 Review: Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes Friday, December 25, 2015 - There are lots of great arguments against the claims that virtual reality (VR) is an anti-social technology. Oculus VR, for example, recently launched its own Oculus Social app onto the Gear VR mobile-based head-mounted display (HMD), and provided a glimpse into the future of online communication with…

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    Genre: Party, Puzzle
    Series: Gear VR | Subjects: Steel Crate Games
    Illustrated by Steel Crate Games
  • Shooting Showdown art Review: Shooting Showdown 2 Thursday, December 24, 2015 - A gallery shooter in the most literal sense, Shooting Showdown 2 from Naquatic is further proof that you can port pre-existing mobile titles into virtual reality (VR) and quite easily avoid disaster, despite not being specifically designed for the technology. It’s also a good demonstration for how…

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    Genre: Gallery Shooter
    Series: Gear VR | Subjects: Naquatic
    Illustrated by Naquatic
  • SmashHit_Header2 Review: Smash Hit Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - Sometimes porting a videogame to virtual reality (VR) may not be about enhancing immersion so much as improving mechanics. There are certain genres that would benefit more from the inclusion of head-tracking input than the feeling of presence itself. The tower defence genre, for example, enjoys precision…

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    Genre: On-Rails Shooter
    Series: Gear VR | Subjects: Mediocre
    Illustrated by Mediocre
  • Bazaar key art Review: Bazaar Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - Temple Gates Games’ Bazaar has received a lot of praise from the virtual reality (VR) enthusiast community since its debut. Originally revealed as part of Oculus VR’s own Gear VR Game Jam, Bazaar is a videogame designed to take full advantage of its host format, delivering a…

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    Genre: Action
    Series: Gear VR | Subjects: Temple Gates Games
    Illustrated by Temple Gates Games
  • Vectron Revenge Header Review: Vektron Revenge Monday, December 21, 2015 - Head-tracking control has already been led in some interesting directions. Developers are taking that core feature of virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs), primarily used to simulate moving your own head within a VR environment, and creating some innovative new mechanics. The results thus far have been…

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    Genre: Shoot-'em up
    Series: Gear VR | Subjects: Luovic Texier
    Illustrated by Luovic Texier
  • Evil Robot Traffic Jam - Header Review: Evil Robot Traffic Jam Thursday, December 17, 2015 - You’d be forgiven for thinking that, with a name and premise as wacky as Evil Robot Traffic Jam’s, you might not be in for the most immersive of virtual reality (VR) experiences here. This is a tower defense title in which players must stop rogue machines from…

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    Genre: Tower Defence
    Series: Gear VR | Subjects: Element Games
    Illustrated by Element Games