Best 10 Google Daydream apps for newbies

June 21, 2017

So you’re one of the lucky few to get your hands on a Daydream-compatible device, and you’re busting to try out the headset and controller combo. What now? While there’s definitely a small but growing collection of Daydream apps available, finding standouts can be tricky.

We’ve rolled up our sleeves, sifted through Google Play, picked out the most interesting apps for Daydream newbies, and smacked on our ratings for their design, innovation, and fun factor to help make it a little easier for you to try out the cream of the crop.

Virtual Virtual Reality ($8.99)

Yup, there’s a double virtual in the title – and that quirk is just the start. This unique title is set in the future, where human jobs have become automated and humanity has been reduced to serving A.I., and boasts 50+ scenes to explore.
Design = ★★★★☆
Innovation = ★★★★★
Fun Factor = ★★★★★

myVR – Virtually Everything (Free)

Your real room’s a bit of a drag? Create and customize your very own room as you see fit and add objects that let you do things like watch YouTube, read through articles, follow other users, and even gab in real-time using the voice chat feature.
Design = ★★★☆☆
Innovation = ★★★☆☆
Fun Factor = ★★☆☆☆

Wonderglade (Free)

Loved theme parks as a kid? Still love them now? Then this is your ticket to a good time! Visit a magical theme park and try your hand at 13+ carnival attractions that make good use of the Daydream motion controller – smack, roll, spin, spray, and more.
Design = ★★★★☆
Innovation = ★★★☆☆
Fun Factor = ★★★★☆

AltspaceVR (Free)

Login and meet friendly faces from around the world up close in this virtual space. Take part in 30+ activities like board games and challenges, attend live events, and more. The kicker is that the app is multiplatform, so your friends won’t only need a Daydream device in order to join in the fun – non-Daydream and PC users can get hooked in too.
Design = ★★★☆☆
Innovation = ★★☆☆☆
Fun Factor = ★★★★☆

Mekorama VR ($3.99)

This fun puzzler has you navigating a cute little robot through 50 levels of blocky dioramas in order to help him find his way home, and also includes a level editor where you can make your very own levels to share with others.
Design = ★★★☆☆
Innovation = ★★★☆☆
Fun Factor = ★★★★☆

Solitaire VR ($2.99)

Here’s one for solitaire fans – try your hand at games of Klondike, Freecell, Yukon, and more in the middle of a luxurious yet mysterious manor. Explore your surroundings in between games and uncover hidden secrets as a side quest!
Design = ★★★★☆
Innovation = ★★★★☆
Fun Factor = ★★★☆☆

Untethered ($4.99)

A seemingly sleepy Oregon coastal town is the setting of this unconventional mystery series. Unravel riddles by communicating with other characters using your voice, and work to crack the code as to what exactly is going on.
Design = ★★★★★
Innovation = ★★★★★
Fun Factor = ★★★★☆

Google Arts & Culture VR (Free)

Whether you’re an art lover or just a casual onlooker, Google’s virtual art museum offers you the chance to zoom into famous works like those of Van Gogh and Rembrandt and see minute details just as if they were right in front of you in reality.
Design = ★★★☆☆
Innovation = ★★★★☆
Fun Factor = ★★★☆☆

Horizons (Free)

From art to music, Horizons has you using your motion controller to create surreal landscapes and soundscapes, from a Technicolor jungle to the middle of space. An extra plus if you’re a fan of the musician Bonobo!
Design = ★★★★★
Innovation = ★★★★☆
Fun Factor = ★★★★☆

Netflix VR (Free)

These days every man and his dog is a Netflix subscriber, so why not Daydream too? If your real-life abode is a little depressing (or you just want some extra privacy), simply pop on your headset to watch your favorite shows and movies on a virtual big screen in the comfort of a spacious log cabin.
Design = ★★★★☆
Innovation = ★★★☆☆
Fun Factor = ★★★☆☆

Interested in diving into more Google Daydream experiences? Check out this expansive and constantly updated list  of all the games and apps that are currently available to download and take your pick.

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