VR apps and games for iOS

Lewis Pain­ter show­cases best of the App Store’s VR of­fer­ings

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YouTube Price: Free

YouTube has a wide range of 360-de­gree videos that the com­pany can turn into VR ex­pe­ri­ences with the tap of a button in-app. This of­fers the abil­ity to browse from a wide range of VR videos, from hor­ror VR ex­pe­ri­ences to snow­board­ing and more. The best part is that it’s free to use, and you need only tap the Google Card­board icon on any com­pat­i­ble video to con­vert it into a VR-ready video.

Google Card­board Price: Free

Of course Google Card­board was go­ing to be in­cluded in our list – it’s a great place to start for those just start­ing out in the world of mo­bile VR. There are sev­eral ex­pe­ri­ences within the app, which should give you an idea of what VR is like. It also lets you travel to var­i­ous places around the world, in­clud­ing the Great Wall of China and the Eif­fel Tower, thanks to Google Maps.

Zom­bie Shooter VR Price: Free

While Zom­bie Shooter VR used to be a paid app, it has re­cently been made free to play, sug­gest­ing some­thing about the amount of com­pe­ti­tion in the mo­bile VR space at the mo­ment. You find your­self travers­ing a post-apoc­a­lyp­tic sub­way, fight­ing off hordes of zom­bies. The good news is that you don’t have to do much to fight them off – sim­ply look­ing at the zom­bie will trig­ger your gun, mak­ing this a fun in­tro­duc­tion to the world of VR.

VR Hor­ror Price: Free

VR Hor­ror is a vir­tual re­al­ity hor­ror game for iOS, im­mers­ing VR users in a hor­ri­fy­ing world – one step fur­ther than any hor­ror film will go. While the game may not be fright­en­ing if viewed on tele­vi­sion, be­ing ‘in’ the game pro­vides users with some­thing im­mer­sive that will get the blood pump­ing. For a free app the graph­ics are pretty good, and it’s ac­tu­ally pretty scary, es­pe­cially with noise can­celling head­phones on. So what do you do? We’ll leave that down to you to find out…

Within Price: Free

For­merly known as Vrse, Within is es­sen­tially the Net­flix of vir­tual re­al­ity. Why? The com­pany pro­duces a lot of VR con­tent it­self, which is show­cased via the app, and ranges from im­mer­sive VR music videos to in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ism re­ports. If you’re look­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing a lit­tle more high-end than the 360-de­gree videos you find on YouTube, Within is a great place to start.

End Space VR Price: 99p

End Space VR is a must for those that en­joy sci-fi movies, as this gives you a chance to pi­lot your own space ship (com­plete with guns, of course) in space, dog­fight­ing with en­emy space pilots. In essence, it’s a wave-based shooter that al­lows you to up­grade your ship over time, mak­ing it more ef­fec­tive and deadly in com­bat.

It is one of a small num­ber of mo­bile VR games that al­lows you to look and go in any di­rec­tion as op­posed to be­ing on ‘rails’, and com­bined with de­cent graph­ics and im­mer­sive 3D au­dio, it’s def­i­nitely a favourite amongst mo­bile VR users.

Ro­mans from Mars 360 Price: Free

If you like Tower De­fence games, you’ll love Ro­mans from Mars 360, which puts you at the top of a cas­tle un­der at­tack from end­less waves of Mar­tians, with the aim of tak­ing over Earth. What else did you ex­pect? The only thing stand­ing be­tween the Mar­tians and a world­wide takeover is you and your cross­bow, which can be used to fire ar­rows, or you could use your el­e­men­tal pow­ers (Fire, Ice, Earth and Light­ning) to take down en­e­mies. You can up­grade your cross­bow to do more dam­age as the rounds go on, giv­ing you an ‘ob­jec­tive’ of sorts. The graph­ics are car­toony, but look cool, and for a free game you can’t re­ally say no – can you?

NYT VR Price: Free

The New York Times is, rather sur­pris­ingly, at the fore­front of mo­bile VR, col­lab­o­rat­ing with Within (Vrse) on a num­ber of projects – this might ex­plain why you’ll find some du­pli­cated con­tent across the two apps. You’ll find a num­ber of jour­nal­ist-cre­ated VR videos within the app, al­though these aren’t streamed – you’ll have to down­load them be­fore you pop your iPhone into the VR viewer.

InCell VR Price: Free

InCell VR is the mo­bile equiv­a­lent of the game avail­able for Ocu­lus Rift and HTC Vive, pro­vid­ing an ex­pe­ri­ence not that dif­fer­ent to the PC-pow­ered game. The ac­tion/rac­ing hy­brid has a sim­ple story be­hind it: your mis­sion, if you choose to ac­cept it, is to be shrunk down and in­jected into a hu­man body to pro­tect it from within, on a cel­lu­lar level. Move your head to dodge and col­lect ob­jects, and don’t for­get to take in the colour­ful, psy­che­delic en­vi­ron­ment around you.

Lam­per VR: Fire­fly Res­cue Price: Free

Who said there’s no money in VR? Fol­low­ing the pop­u­lar Lam­per VR game, the lit­tle fire­fly is back for the se­quel; Lam­per VR: Fire­fly Res­cue. Con­trol Lam­per us­ing sim­ple head move­ments and nav­i­gate your way through forests and cav­erns, re­cruit­ing fire­fly friends on your trav­els. Make sure you col­lect coins and other powerups that will let you de­feat the var­i­ous en­e­mies you’ll come across on your jour­ney.

VR Sniper Price: Free

An­other game con­trolled by head move­ment, VR Sniper puts you in the shoes of a sniper perched on a rooftop with the aim of tak­ing out 10 sol­diers strate­gi­cally placed around you. The in­tu­itive con­trols make the game easy to play de­spite be­ing timed, with the only real re­quire­ment be­ing a steady gaze. Those that like the first level can part with 99p via in-app pur­chase to un­lock three more lev­els, more sol­diers and of course, to de­ac­ti­vate those an­noy­ing ads that pop up now and again.

Haunted Rooms: Es­cape Price: Free

Con­sid­er­ing that Haunted Rooms: Es­cape is a free VR game for iOS, it of­fers great qual­ity con­tent and de­cent game time be­fore com­ple­tion. The idea is to es­cape, rather ob­vi­ously, from var­i­ous rooms in a haunted house by in­ter­act­ing with ob­jects and solv­ing rid­dles that re­quire a bit of brain power to solve. Of course, with any free iOS games, there are ad­verts that can break im­mer­sion, but these can be eas­ily dis­missed. Our only gripe is that there doesn’t seem to be an in-app pur­chase to dis­able them, as is the case with other iOS apps and games.

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