Keep your PG-13 headset
However, once you do, you will find an incredible amount of content for teenagers and pre-teens that will rock their worlds more than a standard video game could ever have. Does your child live for challenging puzzles, need a way to work during fun or just shoot baddies?
Whether you’re looking for lovely short films to entertain younger children or for violence to inspire your anguished teenager, we’ve covered you.
Note: Mobile VR, Oculus, PlayStation and Vive are available for games followed by “( M / O / P / V).” “( All)” means that all four of these platforms have a game available.
This is the complete list of games and apps you can load on your VR headset before filling it in a gift box.
Fair warning: many VR apps often cost a nice penny with limited replay value. Before you spoil your son or daughter with dear experiences, start with VR freeware to introduce people to virtual reality mechanics.
Oculus First Contact (O) helps you to control Oculus Touch by building a virtual robot and playing one-on-one with your creation.
Playroom VR (P) is the Mario Party of PlayStation VR, where the VR headset wearer plays with, or against, everyone else on the couch in a collection of fun mini-games. Kids can enjoy VR bursts without feeling isolated from their families.
Our favorite VR intro is Valve’s The Lab( O / V), which inserts you into Portal Fame’s Aperture Science Labs, where you can play mini-games such as archery, escape projectiles, robot repair and teleporting across theEarth– all designed to help your child become fluent in motion controls and walk around without crashing into the furnishings.
The best Earth exploration game, however, isn’t actually a game: it’s Google Earth VR (O/V). In this app, you can explore any region in the world mapped by Google’s satellites, from historical landmarks to the tops of mountains to your own front yard.
Mobile VR users will find plenty of free apps with 360-degree videos to enjoy. YouTube VR (All) hosts NASA launches, skydives, concerts and more–but don’t turn younger kids loose in it without parental controls activated.
Try Within (All) for a more selective library of films made with acclaimed directors and high production value, or Discovery VR (M/O) for nature-themed documentaries appropriate for children.
Children under the age of thirteen will fall in love with free movies like Crow: The Legend( M / O) and Invasion!( All)– which sport Dreamworks- level graphics and characters that seem to interact with you– or with Allumette( All) and Henry( O).
Rounding out our favorite freebie list is NVIDIA VR Funhouse (O/V), a carnival that lets kids play their favorite arcade games from home, and Waltz of the Wizard, a more teen-level magic simulator for Harry Potter fans looking to brew potions and make mischief.
Tricking kids into exercising
Can’t get your game-loving teens out the front door? See if you can get them moving’ and Griffin’ with games that will have muscles burning well before they stop having fun.
Beat Saber (O / P / V, $ 20) puts a lightsaber in your hand and attacks sound blocks at the rhythm of a song in general. Beat Saber will have children slashing at blocks frenetically and having a good time. For younger children, turn No Fail mode on so that they have fun without feeling bad about their skills or help your teenagers download mods to install custom songs based on popular music.
Audio shield (V $20) is another Guitar Hero-esque rhythm game that has you punching orbs to the beat of your own music library, or your kids’ music, which should prove exciting for them.
To really get your teen sweating, try Sprint Vector (O/P/V, $30), an infinite runner racing game that makes you pump your arms to move forward and lean to dodge obstacles as you race against other players.
Shoot for shooters
First- person shooter games really translate into virtual reality, and the best ones keep your child moving while they dodge and weave enemy attacks around. Don’t worry, we’ve selected the best people who don’t get too bloody.
Space Pirate Trainer (O/P/V, $15) drops the player into a robot-infested arena with blasters, shields, and swords. It’s a frantic, fantastic experience to play and replay as you try to reach the harder levels.
Superhot VR( O / P / V, $ 25) has a simple premise: when you do it time moves. As a strategy game as a shooter, your child will need to carefully track his or her movements around your living room to escape bullets and take enemies out. There’s plenty of replay value, again.
Rez Infinite (O/P/V, $25), a rhythm/ shooter hybrid that has you soaring and fighting through a space-like digital landscape to an EDM soundtrack, will blow your teen away. And for a more 12-and-under audience, try Shooty Fruity(O/P/V, $20), an adorable on-rails shooter in which your kid can aim and shoot at, well, fruit.
Puzzlingly enjoyable puzzlers
VR is the best way to experience puzzle and mystery games: there are no mental distractions, no online cheat guides, just a stimulating challenge for minds to overcome.
Despite its violent name, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (All, $15) is a relatively tame social party game for anyone 10 and up. One person inside the headset tries to deactivate a bomb while the non-VR group studies the bomb-defusing manual and tries to guide them through it before the timer runs out. Everyone involved will have a blast (pun intended).
Another scary-sounding but the youth-friendly game, I Expect You to Die (O/P/V, $25), turns your teen into a Bond-esque secret agent trying to escape challenging traps and save the world.
Transpose (O/V, $20) will stimulate your teen’s mind with reality-bending physics puzzles in a dreamlike world, while Talos Principle VR (O/V, $40) will provide literally dozens of hours of challenging mind-teasers, where most VR games only last a few hours.
If your teen is a Clue fan, hit them with Invisible Hours (O/P/V, $30). Investigating the murder of Nikola Tesla, they will have to search a mansion for clues and investigate suspects like Thomas Edison, before naming the murderer.
Or try the Job Simulator( O / P / V, $ 20) or the upcoming vacation simulator for children who enjoy a more humorous and easy experience. These cartoon games give younger players easy movement- controlled tasks, but with enough subtle humor to entertain adults and teens alike.
Our can’t-miss favorites
You can’t go wrong with Google’s Tilt Brush( O / V, $ 20) or Masterpiece VR( O / V, $ 30), two apps that allow you to paint, sculpt, and animate in 3D and then export your creations to your computer.
Astro Bot Rescue Mission( P, $ 40) can be the best platformer VR has to offer( think Super Mario). When you guide your plucky robot through the beautifully animated world, you can lean on it to search for traps and then punch or head off the road.
If you’re not worried about your teenage spending in a headset for too long, then the incredibly addictive Minecraft VR (M / O / V, $ 7) may be the last app you ‘ll have to buy. Or if you want to buy them an experience you can’t find on consoles, send them with the transcendent Lone Echo to Saturn’s rings (O, $ 40).
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