It’s time to take phone based VR experiences to the next level with Google Daydream.
Google Daydream has arrived, bringing a slew of terrific apps with it. There are a fair few to pick from and try out, but you may already recognize a few from PlayStation VR and Gear VR. If you don’t have the time to try all of them out, then don’t worry! We’ve collected the best free apps on Google Daydream for you.
LEGO Brickheadz Builder VR
LEGO has made it’s arrival in VR in this simple, but fun game. You’ll be able to unlock new LEGOs by completing formulas in the big golden book, watch as your Brickheadz interact with each other, and even customize the way they look and act. Of course, you also have access to building items with LEGOs from within the app. You can freebuild, or use patterns in order to create specific items for your Brickheadz to interact with.
LEGO Brickheadz brings the simple magic of building your imagination to VR. While it’s a simple game, it’s great for any age and can bring back the magic of LEGOs, no matter how old you may be.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is back, with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. If you need some time in the wizarding world after watching the movie, Warner Bros has released this awesome VR experience that allows you to step into the wizarding world. You’ll be able to take a lesson in Herbology, and it’s a ton of fun… no matter which Hogwarts house you might claim allegiance to.
You’ll also be able to interact with a limited number of magical creatures. It’s spellbinding fun, and a great way to pass time for anyone who is losing their mind waiting for the movie to be released.
If you’re looking for a fun, fast-paced game on this list, then you’re in luck. PolyRunner VR is a space runner game that quickly becomes addictive as you fly through a variety of environments. The graphics are sweet and simple, allowing you to enjoy the experience without getting lost in the landscape as you go. The terrain changes as you go, and you’ll be able to pick up power-ups and boosts to help you along the way.
This is an easy game to pick up, but a difficult one to master. PolyRunner will have you hooked on flying before you even know it, especially in first-person mode.
One of the easiest ways to experience new things in VR is with 360-degree videos, and that is exactly what Within delivers. You can watch great content from outlets like NBC, Vice Media, and The New York Times, as well as great music experiences from the likes of U2 and Muse. There’s a ton of content for you to enjoy and explore – plenty of which will introduce you to new and fantastic experiences.
If you enjoy using VR to experience new things, then Within has a great catalog for you to peruse and explore with hours of excitement waiting.
While there are plenty of different apps that will deliver you great 360 degree videos, however very few have as large of a library as Fulldive VR. There are dozens of videos, in multiple categories, making it easy to find the type of content that you are looking for. There is also a way to see what videos your friends have been watching, and even upload your own videos to watch from within Fulldive VR.
Whether you want something popular, funny, scary, or even sexy, there is a video here for you. With tons to explore, Fulldive VR has a video for everyone.
Wonderglade gets amazing reviews on the Google Play Store, and they’re completely justified. The game transports you to a brightly colored, adorable carnival, where you can play zany mini-games. This a great game to show off the various capabilities of the Daydream headset and controller, as it uses a lot of different functions from both devices.
Particularly popular are the mini-putt game, and the basketball game “Hamster Hoops.” Overall, the game is extremely polished for a free offering and easily rivals a lot of the paid Daydream games. Beyond that, it’s simply fun to play.
The Turning Forest
Don’t let The Turning Forest’s fairytale theme convince you that this game is for children; it’s a truly enjoyable experience for all ages. With bright colors and a deliberately simplistic style, the game is beautiful to look at. Where it really shines, though, is spatial audio. Break out a good pair of headphones and enjoy both the soundtrack as well as the music you’ll make with your Daydream controller. Then hand it over to the nearest child and watch their sense of wonder.
Google Arts and Culture VR
We could easily devote an entire article to all the great Google apps for Daydream VR, but one of their less famous apps is actually one of their most interesting offerings. Arts and Culture VR allows you to explore artwork from around the world. In addition to being able to zoom in, and look from different angles, you get access to audio guides from museum curators.
This app is the perfect option for people who love art but hate crowds or leaving their house.
Horizons is another interactive auditory experience for Daydream that will make you want to grab your good headphones. Use your Daydream controller to control a flock of birds in order to navigate the world around you. As you manipulate them, the music and visuals will change in real-time, giving you full control over the environment. In addition to flying over mountain ranges, you can dive under the water for a slower experience. Horizons is great mindless entertainment to unwind after a tough day.
Tired of interacting in the real world? Give Altspace VR a try! Choose an avatar for yourself and interact with other people from around the world. Attend various in world events like comedy shows, DJ performances, and more. You can also play one of it’s over 30 in game activities with your newfound VR friends. The app also works in non-VR mode, so you can keep in touch even when you’re not near your headset.
Twilight Pioneers is an Eastern-style fantasy ARPG where the main character must use swords and spells to save the day. You are tasked with stopping a Dark Lord, who travels throughout time collecting the worst evils. When the magical being Longxia is imprisoned, it’s up to you to travel through time, collect Dragon Souls, save Longxia, and stop the Dark Lord.
What are your favorite free Daydream games?
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