THOUGHTS, STORIES AND IDEAS

Today I tested some mobile VR apps and games. In the following I'll show you what I think about them.

Subway Surfing VR

CompanyGenreRatingRequirementsVersion
Subway SurfingCasual Games3,9 (208 ratings)Android 4.1+1.4

How to start and play

Start the app, click "play", select the rail line you want to surf on and click "Start" again. Wait for the two pics to disappear and then click on the left image of the Cardboard. Place your phone into your glasses and push the magnet button to start. If you don't have a magnet button try to click at the screen and put your glasses in really fast. You can control the surfer by turning your head. Try not to fall off the board.

My opinion and rating

Subway Surfing is a cool game and you get used to the controls really fast. I think it's nice that you can choose the rail line and based on this also the clothes of the surfer change. I'd rate it with 8 out of 10 points.

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11.06.2015

Mercedes VR for Cardboard

CompanyGenreRatingRequirementsVersion
VISUALISESport3,4 (567 ratings)Android 4.1+1.3

How to start and play

After starting the app and putting the phone into your goggles you are in a show room with an old Mercedes and two pictures on the wall. Stare at one of them to start the ride. Then lean back and enjoy driving with the professional driver.

My opinion and rating

Mercedes VR for Cardboard is a very cool app, where you can sit in the car next to a driving pro. It's a cool feeling and I'd rate it with 8 out of 10 points.

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11.06.2015

Glitcher VR

CompanyGenreRatingRequirementsVersion
dystopia zeroEntertainment3,6 (300 ratings)Android 4.1+0.12

How to start and play

Glitcher VR is not really a game. You can just view your surroundings with some camera filters applied. So just start the app, put it into your glasses and then you can change the applied filters by a tap on the screen or you can connect a controller to switch between the filters.

My opinion and rating

I quite like the idea behind Glitcher VR, it's an easy app which gets boring after some minutes but I still like it - I'd rate it with 5 out of 10 points.

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11.06.2015

Asteroids VR

CompanyGenreRatingRequirementsVersion
Orion GamesArcade4,1 (88 ratings)Android 2.3+1.0

How to start and play

Asteroids VR is easy to play. After starting it select VR, press start and put your phone into your glasses. You have to reach the marked planet without getting hit by asteroids. You can shoot asteroids by looking at them. The green arrow points you to the direction you have to fly to.

My opinion and rating

Asteroids VR is a very cool, addictive game. It's fun playing it and therefore I'd rate it with 9 out of 10 points.

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11.06.2015

Froggy VR

CompanyGenreRatingRequirementsVersion
FIBRUMAracade4,2 (528 ratings)Android 4.1+1.5

How to start and play

After starting Froggy VR put your phone into your glasses. You are a frog and you can move by looking at these foot icons that appear. You can eat bees by looking at them. The goal is to save the froggy-princess ;-)

My opinion and rating

I think Froggy VR is a sweet little VR game. It sounds very boring but it is fun while playing it. The graphics are good and it's a really cool game. I'd rate it with 9 out of 10 points.

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11.06.2015

Insidious VR

CompanyGenreRatingRequirementsVersion
Focus FeaturesEntertainment4,1 (267 ratings)Android 4.3+1.0

How to start and play

After starting the app a health and safety warning appears - read it and click continue, then click continue on the next two screens and put the phone into your goggles. Then start on begin and let the movie scene begin.

My opinion and rating

Insidious VR is meant to scare you, and one time it got me. It's like you are in the movie scene, which is nice I think. I'd rate it with 7 out of 10 points.

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11.06.2015

Cmoar VR Cinema PRO

CompanyGenreRatingRequirementsVersion
CmoarEntertainment3,9 (279 ratings)Android 4.1+4.0

How to start and play

Just start the app and put it into your goggles. It's very easy to control - just look at the seat in front of you to go to the menu. And from there you can navigate wherever you want just by looking at the items.

My opinion and rating

I think the Cmoar cinema app is the best cinema app. One feature I really like about it, is that you can search and view youtube videos in the app, which works very good. The only thing that bothers me is that you don't have a body. I'd rate it with 9 out of 10 points :-)

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11.06.2015

Beaturret VR

CompanyGenreRatingRequirementsVersion
Lunchbox StudiosArcade3,9 (119 ratings)Android 4.1+0.4

How to start and play

Launch the app, put it into your glasses and stare at new game. The purpose of the game is to shoot the boxes that appear in front of you. Also shoot those fields that appear inbetween the points. They take you to the next level. There is also a voice that tells you what to do, so turn the sound on.

My opinion and rating

Beaturret VR is an awesome game. It takes you some time to get into it but afterwards you can't stop - it's great! The voice that guides you through the game is also a good idea. I'll rate it with 10/10 points.

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11.06.2015

Corridoom VR

CompanyGenreRatingRequirementsVersion
Raka MahesaArcade4,4 (14 ratings)Android 4.1+1.1.0

How to start and play

Just start the app and put it into your glasses. In the menu you can select options (calibrate or start) by looking at them. If you want to change the direction you are looking in stare at "Calibrate" otherwise or after choose "Start". After starting the game try to avoid the obstacles. You can change your running direction by turning your head.

My opinion and rating

It's a real simple game concept, but it's a very funny and addictive game. The environment could be a bit cooler but the game itself is great. I'd rate it with 7 out of 10 points.

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11.06.2015

Mad Race VR

CompanyGenreRatingRequirementsVersion
FIBRUMRacing3,7 (915 ratings)Android 2.3+1.5

How to start and play

Starting and Playing is really easy. You just launch the app, put it into your glasses and wait till loading is finished. Afterwards you have to look at the yellow circle (it's to the left of you) to start. While "playing" you are just sitting next to a dummy (again you don't have a body which really bothers me) and are driving through a destroyed city.

My opinion and rating

Mad Race VR is a nice app to show to people who are using VR goggles for the first time. You get an idea of the possibilities with VR for mobile devices and sometimes you even get a bit frightened. I'd rate it with 7 out of 10 points.

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11.06.2015

Cardboard VNC Free

CompanyGenreRatingRequirementsVersion
Chai SoftwareTools3,9 (13 ratings)Android 4.1+1.1

How to start and play

You can see how to use this app here.

My opinion and rating

Cardboard VNC is a very convenient app. It's easy to use and set up and can ease ones daily routine a lot. It's a great idea and therefore I'm going to rate it with 10/10 points.

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11.06.2015

Insurgent VR

CompanyGenreRatingRequirementsVersion
LionsgateEntertainment3,7 (828 ratings)Android 4.1+1.0.9

How to start and play

After starting the app a health warning appears, read it and click continue. Afterwards it asks you if you are using  VR glasses, of course you do -> click yes and continue. Then put your phone into the glasses. After some ads you get to the main menu - you can select options by looking at them. If you select "Exclusive Clip" you can see a clip of the movie Insurgent. If you look at "Shatter Reality" you are in the movie

My opinion and rating

Insurgent VR is definitely the best app I've tested yet. The graphics are awesome, the idea is awesome and in Shatter Reality you even have a body. You have to try it out - I'd rate it with 10 out of 10 points.

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11.06.2015

Cherry Blossom VR Cardboard

CompanyGenreRatingRequirementsVersion
Candlify TechnologiesEntertainment3,6 (14 ratings)Android 4.1+1.0

How to start and play

After launching the app the start screen appears, where you have to check "dual" and "gyro" (for head tracking). After checking both, click start and put your phone  into your goggles. You can just have a look around and return to the menu by looking down.

My opinion and rating

Cherry Blossom VR Cardboard is meant to be a relaxing app. To me relaxing with VR glasses on is a bit strange, but maybe it's a good idea for people living in a big city. You just hear relaxing music and see a cherry tree above you. To me the app is rather boring so I'm going to rate it with 3 out of 10 points (they didn't even provide a proper soil).

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11.06.2015

Snow Mountain Cardboard VR

CompanyGenreRatingRequirementsVersion
Candlify TechnologiesEntertainment3,6 (119 ratings)Android 4.1+2.0.5

How to start and play

Just launch the app and put it into your glasses. You can't do much in Snow Mountain Cardboard VR. You are just standing there on the mountain and can have a look around. If you have a magnet button, you can press it for flying.

My opinion and rating

This app gets boring really fast. You are just watching the snow fall down and sometimes elves appear. You can fly if you have a magnet button but that doesn't change much - you just get a view from a even higher point. But the graphics are nice, so I'm going to rate it with 6/10 points.

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10.06.2015

Tokyo VR Cardboard

CompanyGenreRatingRequirementsVersion
Candlify TechnologiesTravel & Local3,8 (155 ratings)Android 4.1+1.0.11

How to start and play

Tokyo VR is an app that's easy to start and control. After starting the app make sure you checked "'dual"' and "'gyro"' (without checking gyro headtracking wont work). Then click "'START"', put the phone into your glasses and enjoy Tokyo. You can move by looking at the arrows that appear in front of you and return to the menu by looking down.

My opinion and rating

Tokyo VR Cardboard is a great app! You can explore Tokyo and get some nice impressions of the city. Controlling the app is very easy and it was fun "walking" around in a foreign town. You can compare it to London VR - I'll rate both apps with the same amount of points, therefore I'd rate Tokyo VR Cardboard with 9 out of 10 points.

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10.06.2015

London VR

CompanyGenreRatingRequirementsVersion
RewindTravel & Local3,8 (108 ratings)Android 4.3+3.0

How to start and play

After starting the app you get to a screen where you can go to the settings, start the experience or read something about the app. As the app is available in VR mode and the normal mode we have to check if the VR mode is turned on before starting. Press on the gear in the top right and enable dual view (gyro will be enabled automatically too - that's ok). Then click back and once you are in the main menu again select "Begin Experience". Then put your phone into the goggles and enjoy London. You can go to certain sights by looking at the signs you see in the sky and go back to your starting point by looking down.

My opinion and rating

London VR is a pretty cool app to view London. I've been there a few years ago and while viewing the sights with this really good graphics some memories come back. It's also very nice if you've never been to London so you can make yourself a little impression of the city. The only minus point is, that you have to enable the dual mode with every start of the app. I'd rate the app with 9 out of 10 points -  I really like it!

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10.06.2015

Cardboard Theater

CompanyGenreRatingRequirementsVersion
Couch Games SoftwareMedia & Videos4,2 (428 ratings)Android 4.4+0.9.14

How to start and play

After launching the app you see all the directories of your phone. Navigate to the directory where the videos you want to see are and select the video you want to watch. Then you can decide in which mode you want to view the video and click "Play!". You get some time to put the phone into your goggles and then the video starts. By looking down you can make some actions like forwarding or pausing the video.

My opinion and rating

When you are starting Cardboard Theater the first time there is a dialog that tells you, that the app is still a beta version and therefore it's not perfect, but I think it's a very good app!! I really enjoyed the 360° degree view (it works way better than in AAA VR Cinema which I've tested before). One thing I didn't like that much was the theater - again there were no people in the theater and the screen/the stage was a bit distorted. I'd rate the app with 6 out of 10 points.

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01.06.2015

AAA VR Cinema Cardboard 3D SBS

CompanyGenreRatingRequirementsVersion
Candlify TechnologiesMedia & Videos4,1 (368 ratings)Android 4.1+1.2.3

How to start and play

After starting the app you have to do some configurations before you can put your phone into your goggles. At first you choose the video you want to see and after tapping on it you can select in which mode you want to view it. After choosing the video and the mode by clicking on it you can put your phone into your glasses and watch your video. If you want to see settings during watching just move your head and look at the button you want to activate.

My opinion and rating

AAA VR Cinema is a nice viewer where you can watch videos in different modes. Unfortunately the video is very small in the "standard" VR mode and there is just a black space around it. Something like a cinema, a living room or a bigger video would have been good. In the 360° mode they even tried to make head tracking possible, which works really good if your video was taken from a certain distance. If the cameraman was too close it looks really hectic and you also feel a bit dizzy after watching (even if you are used to VR apps). It's a big plus that there are so many different modes but the UI/UX are not really good so I'll rate it with 5/10 points.

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01.06.2015

VR Cinema

CompanyGenreRatingRequirementsVersion
FIBRUMMedia & Videos3,7 (1081 ratings)Android 2.3+1.3

How to start and play

Like all apps from FIBRUM you can control the app totally with the direction of your view. So you just start the app and put it into your glasses. When loading is completed you are sitting in an empty cinema (also your own body is not there, which is a thing that occurs in lots of VR apps but still seems a bit strange to me).

When you are looking down you can open the menu, which appears on the screen of the cinema afterwards. There you can choose the video you want to watch and the mode.

My opinion and rating

A cool thing about this app is, that you are actually sitting in a cinema. So it's not just your video in 3D in front of you - it is a cinema with your video on the screen. With this also the head tracking problem is solved - head tracking works but you are just looking around in the (empty) cinema. I'd rate the app with 6 out of 10 points (would be nice if there were some demo videos and a body)

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01.06.2015

VR Cinema for Cardboard

CompanyGenreRatingRequirementsVersion
Mobius NetworksMedia & Videos3,7 (1847 ratings)Android 4.3+1.2

How to start and play

This app is very easy to use. After starting it you can choose between two modes - the camera mode (the blue button) where you can view your surroundings through the VR glasses and the viewing mode (red button) where you can choose and watch videos from your device. After selecting the mode (and a video if you chose the viewing mode) put your phone in your glasses and watch.

My opinion and rating

To me this app is not really a cinema app. You can just view your own videos or watch the "real world" through VR glasses. When it comes to viewing videos it's nice that they are in 3D but  the app doesn't support head tracking. The other mode is pretty boring, because you get the same view as you would get without glasses anyway. I'd rate the app with 4 out of 10 points.

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01.06.2015

Lamper VR

CompanyGenreRatingRequirementsVersion
Archiact Interactive LtdCasual Games4,0 (205 ratings)Android 4.1+1.7.1

How to start and play

After launching the app put it into your glasses and look at "Start" to start playing. When you are playing you can control the movement of the little lamper by moving your head. Try to avoid obstacles like those stones and spiders and try to collect as many sweets as possible.

My opinion and rating

I really enjoy this game. It's a little game for here and there but it is a lot of fun! Another thing i really like about this game, is that there are several worlds. I'd rate it with 9 out of 10 points!

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19.03.2015

VR Roller Coaster

CompanyGenreRatingRequirementsVersion
DMT SourceAdventure3,2 (2821 ratings)Android 4.1+1.0.2

How to start and play

Again starting and playing is very easy. Just start the app, put it into your glasses and enjoy the ride.

My opinion and rating

VR Roller Coaster is a nice app to get started with VR. You are just sitting in a roller coaster and riding through a city. There are three loops in the ride, which feel really cool if you aren't used to VR yet. As you don't have to do anything you can just lean back and enjoy the ride ;-)

Alltogether I'd rate it with 6 out of 10 points!

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19.03.2015

Swivel Gun! VR Logride

CompanyGenreRatingRequirementsVersion
Pixels of EightArcade4,2 (706 ratings)Android 4.0+1.999

How to start and play

Connect your phone to your controller, start it and put it into your glasses. Then you can select weather you want to control over the screen/gamepad or with the magnetic button. If you are not using Cardboard (as I am) stare at the right option (screen/gamepad). After this the menu appears - look at play and when the game starts you can aim by looking at the barrels and shoot with any key of your controller. Try to shoot as many barrels as possible - you can see your score on your canon.

My opinion and rating

Swivel Gun! is a great game! The graphics are good you got something to do and it works just fine. It is a lot of fun to play and with the highscore you can compare yourself with your friends.

I'd rate it with 8 out of 10 points

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17.03.2015

VR Run

CompanyGenreRatingRequirementsVersion
Loco VRArcade2,7 (348 ratings)Android 2.3+1.0

How to start and play

Before starting the app connect your phone to your controller (I wrote a tutorial about how to connect to idroid:con and iPega gamecenter - you can view it here). After pairing your controller and phone just open the app, put it into your glasses and move the left analogstick to start (you can see the instructions it on the start screen of the app). Just make sure that you hold your phone in the same direction as you are going to look afterwards while playing when you are starting the app.

While playing push up the left analog stick of the controller and move to the left or right by turning your head.

My opinion and rating

I really enjoyed this game. It's fun and you can start playing and challenge your friends really fast. The graphics are not very good but I don't think that graphics are important for this game so it's ok. One thing that would be nice would be different levels/worlds so you could see other things than this brown wall. Alltogether I'd rate it with 7 out of 10 points.

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17.03.2015

VR Volcano Flythrough

CompanyGenreRatingRequirementsVersion
DMT SourceAdventure3.6 (139 ratings)Android 4.1+1.0.2

How to start and play

It's very easy to start this app. You just click on the app icon and put it into your glasses.

My opinion and rating

I think this is a really boring game. The scenery looks very good but when you are moving your head the image gets blurry. You are just flying through a scenery with lots of volcanos and ruins. Would be nice but after about 10 seconds it gets boring and when you are moving your head it defocuses. I'd rate this app with 4 out of 10 points.

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17.03.2015

Lost in the Kismet

CompanyGenreRatingRequirementsVersion
fast CompanyPuzzle3.7 (397 ratings)Android 4.1+1.0

How to start and play

As for the app before, you don't need a controller to play this game. You just start the app, click on "START" and choose "I HAVE A VR HEADSET". Then you put the phone into your glasses and look in the direction the arrows point to. After starting you always have to collect things and use them in the right way to escape the room. You can select or collect things by staring at them.

My opinion and rating

I think that Lost in the Kismet is a great app! You have to navigate through the room and decide which tool to use where. After finishing the first room I was really excited to see more, but the game was over... It would be nice if it had a few more rooms. I won't tell you more because i don't want to spoil it - just try it out ;-). Just one more thing: There is a way to rescue the girl.

Alltogether I'd rate it with 7 out of 10 points! (Would be more, if it had more rooms)

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25.02.2015

Roller Coaster VR

Company Genre Rating Requirements Version
FIBRUM Adventure 3.5 (12.118 ratings) Android 2.3+ 1.3

How to start and play

It's very easy to start this app. You don't need a controller or anything else. You just start it, wait for the ad to click it away and then you can put it into your glasses. Once the roller coaster appears stare at the pry until the ride starts.

My opinion and rating

Roller Coaster VR is a nice app to get started with VR. You are just sitting in a roller coaster and riding through the wild. The environment looks really good and it feels like you are in another world. You don't have to do anything (except of staring at the pry to start), so you can just lean back and enjoy the ride ;-)

Alltogether I'd rate it with 6 out of 10 points!

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25.02.2015

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