Virtual Reality is changing life as many of us know it. Every day VR innovations are made that help people exercise, expand on the realm of creativity, or help with mental health. Virtual reality can do more than other platforms. It immerses its players in new worlds and environments.
This list is not meant to show off games that are the most technologically advanced. This list is meant to give a voice to games that are trying to make impactful changes in the virtual world and regular life. Moreover, A lot of these games are in early development but show promising signs of what humans are capable of reaching.
Birdly is one of the oddest games on this list. It offers a different approach to VR that gives players an unimaginable experience. This VR experience allows players to take on the role of a bird with the help of other augmentation technologies.
Birdly is something that people have never experienced before and is part of the future’s building blocks. This game is opening up a door for simulation games. As life progresses more animal-type simulators are bound to be created. The possibilities of what will be done and learned will go from there.
9/10 Dance Central VR
Dance Central VR feeds the natural human urge that people have to want to dance. There are many games in this sort of genre. Its combination with the virtual reality realm makes it more interesting than its competitors. Dance is an important part of human culture.
Having it live on by teaching it through gaming is valuable to experience and live through. The game is also a bit of an at-home workout so it adds to helping people continue to be active even in a virtual world. The moves players learn are also transferable to the real world adding to the excitement of learning a new skill.
VRtous allows players with any type of piano to be able to learn it in virtual reality. It makes it so that players can calibrate the keys onto their Meta Quest 2. This creates a virtual set of keys that detect when the real keys are hit.
The problem the game faces is that it’s not perfectly optimized. The game does however set a precedent for what is to come in the future. This makes it seem like learning instruments completely through the use of using virtual methods is not too far off.
Aloe VR is in its early stages, but what it aims to do for student mindfulness in classrooms can change how children interact all around the nation. The experience built around the game is all based on culturally relevant research. The game meshes the real world into its gameplay by heavily relying on activities accomplished in the real world.
This game pushes kids to explore their emotions as well as teaches them authentic ways in which they can cope with different feelings. As the game continues to develop more exercises and immersive settings are planned for release.
6/10 InMind VR 2
InMind VR 2 teaches people both about how different emotions work on a scientific level. It additionally helps people understand how feeling certain things might affect their life. The game allows players to travel through the different neurons of the main character’s brain to stimulate emotional responses.
The game focuses on players learning about the mind and emotions. With that being said, the gameplay is also interesting and therapeutic. The great thing about this game is that it both teaches knowledge as well as emotional management.
Labryinth-VR is a game that can do a lot of good for patients with Alzheimer’s. It’s a game that has backed up data that shows it has been able to improve memory in order adults. These tests have shown what many pharmaceutical drug tests for Alzheimer’s have failed to do.
Labryinth-VR has players go through 48 different fictional neighborhoods that increase in size and difficulty. In these neighborhoods, they have to accomplish different errands. The research done on this game shows that it can increase high-fidelity memory.
4/10 TRIPP VR
Tripp VR is a well-thought-out experience as the developers with people outside of the gaming field cooperating like clinicians. There is a survey that accompanies players every time that they log into the experience. Based on how they input their answers they can then get an experience that is tailored towards themselves.
It pushes mindfulness through fantastical backdrops and thoughtful narration. It also features simple gameplay that keeps players lightly engaged and stimulated while relaxing.
Supernatural is a VR experience that focuses on getting people moving from the comfort of their homes. The great thing about this VR experience is that it has coaches that help players at different levels of their fitness journey.
This game has workouts and training videos are always updated and added upon. This makes it feel like the game has an ongoing ecosystem that can keep track of players. It gives them new experiences consistently and makes working out more enjoyable.
Deep aims to help players alleviate anxiety and depression. It also promotes the discussion about mental health in adolescents and adults alike. It’s good to know that the director of exploring deep took it upon himself to start this project as a way to help himself and others out of dark times.
What makes this game stand out the most is the use of technology to be able to monitor a player’s breath. This technology might be able to help in different VR fields down the line. Also, it offers a new perspective on teaching people how to stay calm through breathing work.
1/10 Happy Valley
Happy Valley is one of the many games that a company called Real Systems is developing. The game aims to help people that need physical and cognitive rehabilitation. The ability to combine virtual reality and physical therapy is a beautiful sight to behold. It creates a visual cushion to an experience that can be painful and traumatic.
Players have to accomplish a multitude of things like constructing buildings and digging up ancestors. The world is pleasantly designed. Additionally, it offers a little getaway from the pain of rehabilitation while also helping people regain different functionalities.