During our last VR Game Roundup, Virtual Battlegrounds impressed with its adaptation of battle royale shooters and the Oculus Quest received a classic in Audioshield. This week features a major BoxVR DLC pack, a children-friendly dancing game, and much more.
BoxVR Essentials Pack DLC
BoxVR is one of virtual reality’s best fitness games, having won our Best VR Fitness Game of the Year in 2019, and it’s getting even better with the release of its first pack of downloadable content. The Essentials Pack kicks off our VR Game Roundup this week and includes over an hour of new music with 18 additional tracks that range from dubstep to rock. This mix of classes will give players even more variety than ever before.
You won’t get a better workout in virtual reality than BoxVR. The game has been supported with a number of excellent free updates, so it’s definitely worth checking out the BoxVR DLC. You’ll help stay fit with a number of catchy new tracks and workouts.
Release Date: April 23, 2020
Compatible With: Valve Index, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift
Baby Shark VR Dancing
Pinkfong’s “Baby Shark” has become a phenomenon for children and now the catchy song has a virtual reality dancing game. Kids will get to swim with the baby shark underwater and help save them from a dangerous octopus that grabs the titular character, Pinkfong, and William.
While it’s not providing a serious workout by any means, this child-friendly VR game is a healthy diversion from seated gaming. Kids will stay active by dancing around to music they like and then using their bubble blasters to fend off the octopus. At a budget price, this will deliver some entertainment for young children during the quarantine. If you’re not in the target audience then this is completely skippable.
Developer/Publisher: VAR LIVE International Ltd
Release Date: April 20, 2020
Compatible With: HTC Vive and Windows Mixed Reality
Link: Baby Shark VR Dancing
Smashing Healthy VR
Virtual reality is getting yet another rhythm-based punching game with Smashing Healthy VR. Specifically designed for fitness enthusiasts, the developer says to “smash the box if you want to be healthy!” Lacking a specific hook, this is an underwhelming entry in our VR Game Roundup.
As one can expect, Smashing Healthy VR delivers a solid arm workout as you’re constantly punching boxes that fly towards you. However, the Steam Early Access title lacks any online leaderboards or anything that separates it from other offerings such as Soundboxing or Beat Saber. Overall, there are better rhythm fitness games to burn calories to at the moment and you’d be better off checking out the BoxVR DLC. Smashing Healthy VR might evolve into something special, but it isn’t quit there yet.
Developer/Publisher: Daruma The Factory, Inc.
Release Date: April 18, 2020
Compatible With: Oculus Rift, Valve Index, and HTC Vive
Link: Smashing Healthy VR
SoundSelf: A Technodelic
While Soundself isn’t a game that will help you burn calories, mental health is just as important as physical fitness. For that reason, this unique meditation app will help you recover and relax after a long day.
Developer/Publisher: Andromeda Entertainment
Release Date: April 22, 2020
Compatible With: Oculus Rift
Link: SoundSelf: A Technodelic