Google Cardboard is an excellent way to get into the world of VR gaming. It’s inexpensive and chances are that you have an Android device that you can use for it. Because of this, you can grab a ton of excellent content to see what the fuss is all about. We admit, it’s definitely no HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, or PlayStation VR, but it’s can still be a lot of fun for how little money it costs. If you have Google Cardboard and want to try some VR gaming, here are the best VR games for Google Cardboard right now.
BAMF VR is a simple little platformer-puzzle game. In this title, you’ll be using teleportation to get around various levels to collect crystals and progress to the next area. It features a full, 360-degree experience and the developers highly recommend that you play either standing up or in a swivel chair for best comfort. It also features simple, colorful graphics, support for various input methods (including Bluetooth controllers), and a family-friendly experience. It’s also completely free with no in-app purchases. It's one of the better VR games for both kids and adults.
Chair In A Room
Chair In A Room is a hidden item puzzle game. It also has a dark story line. It riffs a bit off of A Christmas Carol. You'll be visited by various ghosts. They'll try to make you a better person. The game errs on the strange and fantastical, but it’s a lot of fun to play and an excellent way to check out what VR can do on Android. The developers do state that you should have a device that is at least as good as a Nexus 5 or better. Otherwise you may experience some issues. It’s quickly turning into one of the must-try VR games for Cardboard and it’s completely free to download and play.
Price: Free / $1.67
Flats is definitely one of the most colorful VR games out there. It's a FPS game that lets you play both single player and multiplayer. You wander around a map and try to kill people. Your bullets also bounce off of stuff and it just looks cool to watch. You'll need a controller of some sort to play. There is also Android TV support if you want to go cross-platform. You can also cloud save so you can switch devices if needed. It's exceptionally fun to play and relatively inexpensive to pick up.
Minos Starfighter VR
Minos Starfighter VR was one of the first really decent VR games for Google Cardboard. It also used to be called End Space VR for those who may remember that one. It’s a space shooter that puts you in the cockpit as you take on various bad guys in outer space fights. The game essentially lasts forever and you’ll be pitted up against stronger waves of enemies as you progress. You’ll also have access to ship upgrades, scoreboards, hardware controller support, and some of the best graphics of any of the VR games out there. It’s relatively inexpensive and contains no in-app purchases.
Price: Free / $2.49
Galaxy VR is a shooter that combines aerial battling in space along with a FPS shooter experience. In this title, you’ll be engaging in various types of battles in order to subdue the enemy. This can take place either on the ground as a FPS, or in the sky as a shooter. Like End Space VR, your aerial battles will put you directly in the cockpit for some fairly immersive fighting. Unlike most, this one actually requires that you have a controller with a joystick and at least three push buttons so that all of the controls work. You can try the demo before buying it for $2.49.
Price: Free / $2.49
Hardcode was one of the first good VR games out there and it’s still one of the better shooters available. It features a third person perspective and the camera is controlled by the player’s head movements. You can play single player missions or online multiplayer and this is one of the few VR games that feature an online multiplayer mode. The only caveat is that the game requires a game pad and you won’t be able to play without one. It’s free to download and the most expensive in-app purchase is a paltry $2.49.
InMind VR and InCell VR
InMind VR is one of the most popular VR games to date. It’s an arcade shooter where you traverse the neural pathways of the brain looking for physical abnormalities. Once you find them, you neutralize them to make the brain healthy again. It uses runner mechanics and you’ll be on a predetermined path for the entire game. You’ll also have the option to play with or without a VR headset if you want to and the game doesn’t require a game pad to play. It’s also completely free with no in-app purchases. The developer has a second game called InCell VR that is just as good as this one.
Need for Jump VR
Need for Jump is a colorful little platformer where you must run around and collect coins. The game uses the player’s head movements in order to determine direction. You look left and right to move in those directions and then nod your head in order to jump. It’s also another one of the few VR games that allows for multiplayer. It’s not the most complex game out there, but it’s a good little time killer. The game is free to download and play which makes it easy on the wallet as well!
Proton Pulse is probably the most intense game of Pong ever created. The game uses head-tracking controls which allows the player to move a paddle around the game screen by moving their head. Your objective in this one is to bounce various objects back where they came from. It features some fairly intense, colorful graphics, tons of explosions, and a futuristic theme. The developer has another VR game called V Vanguard which isn't half bad either. They're a bit old, but both should be decent VR games!
Price: Free / $9.99
TrinusVR isn’t a VR game on the face of it, but it does let you play VR games. The general idea is that you can use this to play PC games. Here’s how it works. You’ll connect your device to your PC using this app. It then uses head tracking and integrates it directly into the game that you’re playing. The game is then streamed to your headset which emulates a VR experience. This gives a pseudo-VR experience that is actually fairly unique. Things can be a bit jumpy when you’re actually using it, so be sure to use the free demo first to make sure your system and device can handle it!
Voxel Fly VR
Price: Free / $3.99
Voxel Fly VR is an endless runner title that puts the thrill of the run right in your face. In this game, you’ll be flying through an endless city while avoiding traffic and various obstacles to see how far you can go. It has leaderboards so you can compare with friends to see who can make it the furthest. You’ll also get various difficulty modes, a 2D mode, support for game pads and various control schemes, achievements, and support for a wide variety of Cardboard variants. It’s fairly intense which makes it a great experience for VR and it’s completely free to play.
VR Controller isn’t actually a VR game but it can help you play them. How it works is you use this on an old or unused device and it turns that device into a Bluetooth controller. You can then use that controller on VR games that require one (like many on this list do). It was developed for the Samsung Gear VR but the developers claim that it supports Google Cardboard and other Android-powered VR headsets as well. It’ll run you $3.99 but we urge you to try it out quickly so make sure that it works before the refund time runs out.
VR Space: The Last Mission
VR Space: The Last Mission is a space combat arcade shooter that once again puts you in the cockpit for some epic space battles. It also utilizes endless runner mechanics where you’ll get unlimited play against increasingly difficult waves of enemies. The graphics are pretty decent and the controls seem to be competently done as well. It supports game pad use and you can turn off the VR and play it without Cardboard if you want to. It’s also relatively inexpensive at $0.99.
Price: Free / $5.01
VR X-Racer is an infinite runner game where you’re tasked with avoiding obstacles while traveling very quickly. You’ll get points for things like near misses and hitting blue rings that appear in your path and your goal is to get the highest possible score while traveling as far as possible. It’s relatively simple compared to some other games on the list. However, it does give you the option to play with a game pad or with head tracking as your controller. It’s free to download and play with the in-app purchases accounting for upgrades like no advertising.
Wrong Voyage VR
Wrong Voyage is a hybrid between a puzzle game, a platformer, and there are even some FPS elements baked in. You’re playing as someone who has discovered a strange ruin and your job is to explore it. You’ll use your weapon to make platforms move about and you’ll have to safely navigate the terrain without falling off. The game should work on most Cardboard variants along with other Android-powered VR headsets. About the only caveat is that you are required to have a Bluetooth controller in order to play the game. Otherwise, it’s completely free to download and play. It's worth noting that this developer has four other VR games that are also pretty decent.