Google Daydream View: The best apps and games to download

All the apps and games to check out with Google's new mobile VR headset
Best Daydream View apps and games

The Google Daydream View is the Android mobile VR headset you've been waiting for, and you don't have to break the bank to own one. This smartphone VR headset costs less than $100 and for the money, you'll get one of the best VR headsets out there.

You will of course need a compatible Android phone to power it, whether that's either of the new Google Pixels, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. Trust us, you won't miss your Google Cardboard once you've switched over though. It's the closest experience you can get to the Samsung Gear VR. While that means you won't get a PC or console type experiences, it's still great fun and a good entry into the world of VR.

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Google plans on releasing 50 Daydream View experiences by the end of the year and we've already been busy testing out what's available so far. Here's our pick of the apps and games to download for your Google Daydream View first.

Best Google Daydream View games

Hunter's Gate

The best Google Daydream View apps and games

Using the controller or your headset to aim, you'll find yourself dungeon crawling and killing demons in Hunter's Gate while trying to stay alive. The moving mechanism is weird at first since you're relying on the controller's trackpad, but it gets easier as you go along making it a surprisingly good time.

$5.99, Google Play

Brickheadz Builder VR

Google Daydream View: The best apps and games to download

LegoBrickheadz Builder lets you make characters that you can bring to life, build models or just freestyle it. You can unlock new characters and items and best of all, it's free with not a single in-app purchase in sight. It's as fun as you'd expect Lego building in VR to be.

Free, Google Play

EarthShape

Google Daydream View: The best apps and games to download

This cute little puzzler is brought to you by British indie game developer Mike Bithell (Thomas Was Alone, Volume). You play an star seeking astronaut exploring planets and growing plants putting that Daydream motion controller to good use.

$4.99, Google Play

Wonderglade

The best Google Daydream View apps and games

There are four carnival-esque mini games in Wonderglade and all of them are pretty fun. If you like Steam's The Lab or Nvidia's VR Carnival, then this title will be right up your alley.

Free, Google Play

VR Karts

The best Google Daydream View apps and games

VR Karts is your standard racing game but a bit more simplified with Daydream View. You use the controller to turn corners, collecting power-ups to win the race. It's definitely not a VR rip-off of Mario Kart in any way.

Free, Google Play

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

The best Google Daydream View apps and games

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is already a classic on Gear VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, and now you can try it on Daydream View. The basic premise is to defuse a bomb with friends - except only you can see the bomb and only your friends have the manual. Get ready to have a blast.

$9.99, Google Play

Claro

The best Google Daydream View apps and games

Claro is a lovely, relaxing puzzler where you're moving the sun around with the controller in order to help a tree grow. Levels get more and more complicated but there's no rush and you can enjoy the surreal landscape and calming music. A perfect entry to Google DayDream.

Free, Google Play

Best Google Daydream View apps

YouTube VR

Google's revamped YouTube and made it much more VR-friendly. YouTube VR turns every video on the platform into its own virtual reality experience meaning there's a fresh interface that's easier to navigate in VR and more videos than ever to watch as the company's planning on releasing new VR-specific content.

Free, Google Play

The Turning Forest

Google Daydream View: The best apps and games to download

This experimental interactive virtual reality film from the Beeb tells the story of a young child that and his creature friend as they embark on a fairytale journey. It uses the Daydream controller to help you navigate your surroundings and the spatial soundtrack adds an extra layer of immersion when you throw on some headphones.

Free, Google Play

Invasion!

Google Daydream View: The best apps and games to download

Like The Turning Forest, this entertaining animated short was a firm favourite at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. There's Eric Darnell (Madagascar) on board as director and Ethan Hawke providing the narration as you play the part of a adorable bunny who tries to thwart two bumbling alien invaders that are trying to take over the planet.

Free, Google Play

Fantastic Beasts

Google Daydream View: The best apps and games to download

This Harry Potter tie-in doesn't last long, but there's just enough time to turn that Daydream motion controller into a magic wand to put your spell casting skills to the test. It's one of the best looking VR experiences thanks to the use of the same visual effects team that worked on the Fantastic Beasts film.

Free, Google Play

Star Chart VR

The best Google Daydream View apps and games

This app is like Steam's Universe Sandbox lite and you don't get to create or destroy things. Ok, it's emphasis on the 'lite' aspect, but it's always really cool exploring space in VR and this is the best app on Daydream that lets you do just that.

$4.99, Google Play

Google Arts & Culture VR

The best Google Daydream View apps and games

Google's put out some neat VR apps and this one's great for the art fans. You can explore artwork, artifacts and more from over 850 museums, archives, and organizations worldwide that have partnered with Google Cultural Institute to bring their collections and stories online. There are even options to zoom in for a closer look and factual tidbits if you want to learn more.

Free, Google Play

Wall Street Journal

The best Google Daydream View apps and games

With the Wall Street Journal app, you can read breaking news and watch videos all in VR instead of perusing the internet. It's a simple and clean interface with plenty of content to go through.

Free, Google Play


Shop for VR headsets on Amazon

Oculus Rift
Oculus Rift
$599.99
PlayStation VR
PlayStation VR
$571.99
HTC Vive
HTC Vive
$799
Samsung Gear VR
Samsung Gear VR
$72.00

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