We here at INNOVATIV are always on the lookout for apps that are, well … innovative, and this means that we have tested out hundreds of them to see if they’re up to scratch. From the hundreds we try, a solid portion pf them are on the scale of pretty good to pretty great; but as with all things in life, where there is good, there is also bad, and also the downright ugly. We’ve selected ten VR apps for Android that didn’t quite make the cut – whether being too glitchy, riddled with ads, or clearly hastily put together, these apps left a bit of a bad taste in our mouths. A disclaimer: we really do appreciate the effort these developers have put into making games… we just want to push you to do a little bit better next time.
Make it Rain $100 VR Cardboard
To be completely honest, we didn’t actually try this one. I mean, who would really be willing to part with $100 of real cash for an app that does nothing but make virtual cash fall from the sky? Judging by the number of installs, at least a few suckers were! This sits in the vein of those “look at how rich I am” apps that costs a bomb for little to no functionality, you’re best avoiding using VR technology for something as time (and money) wasting as this.
Virtual Reality 360º Skydive
While the idea of a virtual skydive sounds awesome, you only need one glance at the comments section of this app’s page to know what you’re getting yourself into. The app has become notorious for its terrible quality visuals, camera, and music, with a number of keyboard-commenters going as far as to call it the “worst thing in the world” and state “if I could give 0 stars I would”. Ouch.
VR Chair Lift Crazy Ride
Okay, we did actually enjoy this one a little bit. A little bit! But for a game that boasts “high quality, immersive” and “crisp, cinema-like 3D high-quality visuals” it was a huge flat liner. Prepare yourself for PS1-esque blurry terrains and robotic characters as you tilt your ski-lift to pick up coins, alongside a song that plays the same 30 second loop non-stop for the game’s entirety. That’s it. You’ll probably spend more time reading the game’s app description than actually playing (no really, it’s a real page-turner https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vr.chairlift.crazy.ride).
VR Amusement Fun Park 2017
From the developer of classics such as ‘Trampoline Santa’ and ‘Amusement Park Shootout: Sniper Kill’ comes a “mind blowing” VR experience that that has you wandering around a deserted theme park… ahem, we mean “most beautiful environment (sic)” and choosing your pick from ten almost identical rides. While this isn’t the worst on our list, the copy-paste approach of this developer is disappointing to say the least.
VR Bang Petard 3D New Year
The premise of this game is pretty weird (read: dangerous), where you have to scare random people around the house using firecrackers, but the thing that really grinded our gears was how the game is promoted as “virtual reality” when in fact it’s not even compatible with any VR headsets. Add to this the copied game assets, 2D characters, and nonsensical gameplay, and you’ve got yourself a big wah-wah. Fun fact: the game is actually only one in a series of ‘VR Bang’ titles.
VR Real Coach Bus Drive
If you’ve gotten this far on our list and have been checking out the app store pages for each game, you might start to think that they’re pulling your chain. This title praises itself as “the most realistic, most magnificent and addictive VR passenger transporter game”, when in reality it looks like it was thrown together in a day by a first-year game design student (they’re not, we checked). You’re tasked with transporting passengers from point A to point B, and… that’s about it. It’s kind of like Crazy Taxi, but without the crazy, the taxi, or any real element of fun or challenge.
Wild rooster run – vr endless running game
Okay, another thing that grinds our gears is when games call themselves VR but you’re in control of a character in third-person. Here that character happens to be a rooster, tasked with endlessly running and picking up coins for some reason. While the gameplay and premise could work okay for a mobile-only view, plopping it into VR for no valid reason just doesn’t make sense. Until you notice that all of the developer’s games and app descriptions don’t many any sense either.
Circus Stunts – VR Well Death
This one is a little too easy, seeing as it’s by Grafton Games Studio – the creators of ‘Wild Rooster Run’ above. Here, instead of a rooster in third-person, you’re in control of a car in third-person! Feel the thrill of driving a badly animated car around in circles to entertain the creepy and expressionless spectators surrounding the “well”. And where is the so-called circus? Grafton Games is holding out on us!
Here, you get to become a spider. Sounds cool, right? It would be if you could actually do something! If you enjoy crawling around the outside of a pretty much abandoned apartment building and onto the faces of dead-eyed humans that don’t respond even when you’re all up on their face, maybe this one is for you. For the rest of us, we’re left wondering why we bothered to download it in the first place.
VR Angry Gorilla Rampage 3D
Last but not least, we have a title that is almost impossible to play. Despite a promising premise, prepare to be left at the title screen with nothing but a freezing gorilla, and the sound of him screeching. The lesson to be learned for this developer is to listen to your users and make swift fixes when common errors arise!
So there you have it – a selection of some of the worst VR games we have come across recently. Again, like we mentioned at the start of this list, while we do appreciate developers generating content for VR (especially for free) we can only hope that they can listen to their players and make adjustments so that their games can improve over time. For now, it’s up to you whether you choose to enjoy them for simply what they are, or not!