Catherine Allen's Top 10 VR Games & Apps

Catherine led the creation of two of the BBC's first VR experiences and now curates VR for the UK's leading arts venues with her company, Limina Immersive (https://liminaimmersive.com). She is part of the BAFTA VR advisory team, produced the BBC’s first VR documentary, and in her spare time she writes for Wired magazine.

Catherine Allen's Top 10 VR Games & Apps
Apps are available on:
Android
Android
Samsung Gear VR
Samsung Gear VR
Windows Phone
Windows Phone
iOS
iOS
HTC Vive
HTC Vive
PlayStation VR
PlayStation VR
Rift CV1
Rift CV1
  • The Climb

    The Climb
    Price
    $49.99
    Available on
    Rift CV1

    Scale new heights in VR and feel the exhilaration of extreme free solo rock climbing. Conquer towering rock formations inspired by areas of natural beauty in North America, Europe, and Asia. Explore and enjoy the view or compete for the highest scores and fastest times on leaderboards. Developed by Crytek and achieved with CRYENGINE™.

    Free solo climbing – Experience the adrenaline as you ascend to epic heights, explore caves, find shortcuts, and more.

    Bouldering – Beat intense routes that demand perfect technique and puzzle solving.

    Tourist mode – Climb at your own pace with simplified mechanics. This mode is ideal for introducing friends to VR.

    Multiplayer and achievements – Race other players’ ghosts, rise up leaderboards, and earn 99 achievements to unlock custom gear.

    Training modes – Hone your skills in tutorials and see long you can last on an endless wall. Outstanding environments – Become immersed in beautifully rendered, atmospheric locations at day and by night.

    - The Climb
  • The Rose and I

    The Rose and I
    Price
    FREE
    Available on
    HTC Vive / Rift CV1

    An immersive, animated VR film. Crafted by the artists, animators and storytellers of Penrose Studios, “The Rose And I” is about loneliness, friendship, love, and loss. Come meet a lonely Rose living in the unlikeliest of places, and join her as she transports you to a brand new universe.

    - The Rose and I
  • theBlu

    theBlu
    Price
    FREE - $9.99
    Available on
    Samsung Gear VR / HTC Vive

    theBlu: is a deeply immersive VR series that allows audiences to experience the wonder and majesty of the ocean through different habitats and come face to face with some of the most awe inspiring species on the planet. The series, which is directed by Jake Rowell (Call of Duty, Final Fantasy, Superman Returns), has been designed as beautiful moments in passing or a collection of memories that powerfully tap into the vast potential of VR. The debut episode, featuring an incredible close encounter with an 80 foot whale, is already recognized as one the most iconic room scale VR experiences to date (a Sundance Film Festival 2016 selection). Additional episodes in this bundle take place on a teeming coral reef and in the very deepest region of the ocean. Gain access to new modes of discovery in each episode. Slow time and capture pictures in Inspector Mode, and return to a meditative version of each location in Ambient Mode.

    - theBlu
  • We Wait

    We Wait
    Price
    FREE
    Available on
    Rift CV1

    Based on BBC News interviews with migrants, We Wait is a dramatized story transporting you to the heart of the refugee crisis. On a starlit beach in Turkey you meet a Syrian family about to embark on their second perilous attempt to cross the sea to Greece. In We Wait, Aardman’s experience in animation and storytelling comes together with the human stories uncovered by BBC News to make this look and feel radically different from any other documentary VR experience to date.

    - We Wait
  • Fantasynth

    Fantasynth
    Price
    FREE
    Available on
    HTC Vive / Rift CV1

    Fantasynth is an audio-reactive experience designed for Virtual Reality.

    Glide through a procedurally populated environment that comes alight with the music.

    Featuring the song Chez Nous by N'to.

    Duration: 7 minutes.

    - Fantasynth
  • Cat Flight

    Cat Flight
    Price
    FREE
    Available on
    Rift CV1

    Created by BBC Earth, Cat Flight is the story of a mother caracal and her kitten trying to find food in a desolate African desert. The mother’s hunting technique involves a monstrous leap that takes her well above human head height, then she tries to grab a bird in mid-flight. Witness this remarkable jump in real-life super slow motion and then discover how she does it in an interactive CGI world.

    - Cat Flight
  • NOTES ON BLINDNESS VR

    NOTES ON BLINDNESS VR
    Price
    $2.99
    Available on
    Rift CV1

    The most awarded narrative Virtual Reality experience is finally available on Oculus Rift, Arte Experience presents Notes On Blindness, an emotional journey into a world beyond sight.

    This Oculus Rift version offers positional tracking and controller interaction. Graphics have been significantly improved for a strongest immersion.

    In 1983, after decades of steady deterioration, John Hull became totally blind. To help him make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began documenting his experiences on audio cassette. These original diary recordings form the basis of this interactive non-fiction narrative using new forms of storytelling to explore a cognitive and emotional experience of blindness.

    Produced by Ex Nihilo, Arte France in co-production with Archer’s Mark. Executive Producer, Novelab Audiogaming. Supported by TFI New Media Fund and Ford Foundation – JustFilms, CNC and Région Midi-Pyrénées.

    - NOTES ON BLINDNESS VR
  • Quill

    Quill
    Price
    $29.99
    Available on
    Rift CV1

    Quill is the VR illustration tool built to empower artists and creators, whether to create final art or as a production tool for concept creation aid.

    Quill allows users to paint in virtual reality on an infinitely scalable canvas - with rich color tools and different brushes. Quill is designed to be expressive, precise and to let the artist's "hand" come through clearly - whether that's a watercolor style, pencil style, oil painting style or other.

    Quill is made to be intuitive to artists, expressive, efficient and comfortable to use over a long period of time.

    - Quill
  • Google Earth VR

    Google Earth VR
    Price
    FREE
    Available on
    Android / Windows Phone / iOS / HTC Vive

    Google Earth VR lets you explore the world from totally new perspectives in virtual reality. Stroll the streets of Tokyo, soar over the Grand Canyon, or walk around the Eiffel Tower.

    The world has so many beautiful and amazing places to visit. If we're lucky, we're able to travel and see a few of them. But even the most active travelers can only see a fraction. What if we could see them all?

    Ten years ago, Google Earth began as an effort to help people everywhere explore our planet. And now, with more than two billion downloads, many have. Today, we are introducing Google Earth VR as our next step to help the world see the world. With Earth VR, you can fly over a city, stand at the top of the highest peaks, and even soar into space.

    - Google Earth VR
  • Jaunt VR - Experience the Best in Cinematic Virtual Reality

    Jaunt VR - Experience the Best in Cinematic Virtual Reality
    Price
    FREE
    Available on
    Android / Samsung Gear VR / iOS / HTC Vive / PlayStation VR / Rift CV1

    Experience the widest array of premium cinematic virtual reality experiences with Jaunt's re-imagined fully immersive app.

    - Jaunt VR - Experience the Best in Cinematic Virtual Reality