Google Cardboard might not bring the advanced virtual reality prowess that other VR devices like Oculus Rift boast of but its affordable nature has brought the VR tech to the masses. Presently, Google Cardboard is more of an entertainment device and developers too have made sure to develop apps and games that entertain you while letting you experience the magic of VR. There are various games available on the Play Store and Apple iTunes aimed at Google Cardboard users and here are the best out of the lot.
Best Google Cardboard Games for Android and iOS
1. InMind 2 – successor to InMind, so updated
While InMind was a fun sci-fi VR game, a lot of users complained about it being too short and lacking any levels except for the one where you destroyed neurons. Well, InMind 2 is here to curb those blues if you’re craving some adventure by allowing you to play as John and follow the process of him becoming an adult. You will make all decisions, help shape John’s human brain by learning the chemistry of emotions, managing his reactions, and ultimately being in control of John’s destiny.
If you have played Aaaaa! on your PC, you should know how much fun Caaaaardboard! is. The virtual reality game requires you to dive off of buildings in Boston, Massachusetts while performing stunts, gather points, spray paint and more. The game certainly brings a superb VR experience and if you are scared of heights, this should definitely help you out.
Install: Android (Paid, $1.99)
3. House of Terror VR
If you’re looking for a truly terrifying point-and-click horror game to play on your Google Cardboard, then House of Terror is said to be the best one out there. You find yourself in an unknown, abandoned house in this game and you need to navigate out of the same by searching for clues and solving puzzles – all while saving yourself from being caught by a hoard of monsters and ghosts.
4. Hidden Temple
Hidden Temple is yet another enjoyable point-and-click adventure VR game that strives to make you rack your brain to collect and combine items in an attempt to solve tricky riddles and discover buried secrets in the Hidden Temple. It’s a fairly simplistic game and you can leisurely play it on your own accord.
5. End Space VR (Minos Starfighter VR)
End Space VR is one if the most detailed VR experiences you will come across. The game features you piloting a small space fighter to fight a space battle against enemies. You will have to move your head to move around the spaceship and use the magnet button to trigger laser shots. End Space VR includes different space environments, detailed space ships, upgrades and more. Moreover, the game features AAA graphics and 3D positional audio for the best VR experience on Google Cardboard.
6. Proton Pulse
Proton Pulse might not look so amazing a game from the screenshots but it’s highly addictive. It’s a brick breaking title where you have to spin and direct a proton ball to destroy the enemy core. The game lets you use your head to spin and tilt the energy ball.
7. Deep Space Battle
We all love shooter games and VR certainly makes it even better. Deep Space Battle is a space shooter game where you will have to use your intelligence & weapons to defend your world against an invasion. The colorful galactic landscape surely makes for a great VR experience and the game includes features like different ship designs and more.
Install: Android (Free)
8. Final Kick VR
Had enough with puzzles, zombies, and space battles, right? Well, if you are a soccer fan like me then you’ve got to try out Final Kick VR on your Google Cardboard. This VR game puts you at the center of the thrill of a penalty shootout, where you will take turns to first take the shot and score and then dons the gloves (which hover in the air) to prevent the computer from scoring one over you.
9. Zombie Shooter
Feel like killing a lot of zombies? Well, Zombie Shooter lets you do the deed in virtual reality. The gameplay includes a post-apocalyptic subway filled with mutants and zombies. You just have to aim at zombies and the game auto shoots them. It’s very simple and that does go against the game but if you like to pass some time shooting zombies, you can give it a try.
Note: Zombie Shooter only lets you play to a certain extent and to move further you will have to make an in-app purchase.
10. Fractal Combat X
Fractal Combat X is a very popular Android game and it also comes with support for Google Cardboard VR. It’s a flight combat game with some top notch graphics and gameplay. There are various new missions accompanied by beautiful landscapes and epic soundtracks. The game supports controllers as well, so you can enjoy the VR experience without having to hold your hands near your head.
BONUS: Trinus Cardboard VR
Well, the hype for VR may have died down over the past few years but apps like Trinus Cardboard VR are trying to fill the void by making PC game titles playable on your phone. Yes, you heard me right, the app turns your Google Cardboard into a SteamVR compatible headset by making it possible for you to connect your smartphone to the PC.
This app allows you to play game titles, like GTA and Minecraft, among others using the sensors on your device or a wireless gamepad, whichever you prefer.
Install: Android (Free lite version, get paid version for $9.99)
Ready to become a virtual reality gamer?
Honestly, these Google Cardboard games are the best there are and if you are expecting PC or console level games, you will be disappointed. But if you don’t mind some harmless fun and keep your expectations in check, these games might pleasantly surprise you. So, check them out and do let us know your Google Cardboard VR gaming experience. We love to hear from you!