VR on phones is as easy as pressing a button, but which experiences are worth your time?
3. Star Wars VR Jakku Spy
Star Wars VR Jakku Spy is available as part of the Star Wars app that launched a few years ago, and is actually pretty good. The app itself is more of a star wars news hubs with some emojis and funny camera filters but amongst all that is Jakku Spy.
Jakku Spy places you in the deserts of Jakku in a story that leads into the beginning of 2015’s The Force Awakens.
The app plays out over the course of a few missions on the junk/desert planet, one of the focal points of the movie, in order to discern whats going on on the planet. The app offers fans the ability to step inside of Star Wars in a way that has never previously been possible.
Look to one side and you’ll see the remnants of the battle that played out between the Galactic Empire and the Rebel alliance then turn around to see a speeder bike roaring past.
Whilst Jakku spy is essentially a 360 photo viewer, the ability to see it all play out around you is remarkable. Star Wars has always been fascinating to look at, from the special effects created by Industrial Light and Magic to the goofy costumes made from 70’s windsheeters and an overabundance of zippers. Jakku Spy lets you appreciate all of the minutia that has made Star Wars into the cultural touchstone that is today.
The Star wars app is available on iOS and Android for free download
4. EndSpace VR
Similar to Star Wars, EndSpace VR gives you that feeling of cruising through space and blasting enemy ships against a backdrop of cosmic beauty that you always wanted. The new Gear VR version has been updated for touch controls allowing players more control and movement, but the building blocks of the mobile version are what made this app so great.
For a mobile game, it’s got some pretty impressive graphics on show and a frame rate that won’t disappoint. The fluid action of the game will take you through several battles as you live out your childhood fantasies of flying a spaceship.
The game works exceptionally well with headphones, to the point where you’re so immersed you won’t even realise your roommate is sat on the other couch snapchatting you moving your head going “woaaaah”. True story.
Just about the only thing going against this VR app is its lack of movement, the ship is really only capable of moving side-to-side and in the space station environments you’ll be completely static save from where you point the camera. Whilst this doesn’t detract from the experience, it feels a bit dissonant when compared to flying through the cosmos.
EndSpace VR is available on iOS and Android for £0.99
5. Adventure Time: I See Ooo VR
It’s Adventure Time, come on grab your friends, we’re going to very, distant lands, with Jake the Dog and Finn the Human, the fun will never end, it’s Adventure Time.
Adventure Time has captured the imaginations of adults and children alike with its lighthearted, charming, and sometimes emotionally profound take on the post-apocalyptic world. Now whilst the game manages to capture the aesthetic and themes of the World of Ooo perfectly it is essentially just a collection of mini-games, three to be exact.
The first is a Pilotwings clone in which players must navigate Finn’s plane through a series of rings amongst a backdrop of the ever fascinating colourful nuclear wasteland. The second is a shooter in which you have to pelt Ice Kings equally inept sidekick Gunther with snowballs. And the third is mini-game made up of various puzzles.
Whilst, the gameplay is nothing to write home about the attention to detail on show within the optional hub zones is a joy to experience. These hub zones give player the chance to just kick it with a few bizarre and endearing characters in three of the rooms inside Finn and Jake’s legendary Treehouse. Now admittedly each character only has a few lines of dialogue, and non-fans of the series will no doubt be confused, but it’s a wonderful touch nonetheless.
You can even purchase a special Jake the Dog themed VR viewer, so how about that.
Adventure Time: I see Ooo VR is available on VR for £5.99