Game Nights are fun, right? Inviting some friends over, having a few drinks and snacks. Before long someone suggests you break out a game. In the (hopefully) not too distant future, those of you that have splurged on a VR headset might want to break that out. Now, you could just take turns playing Resident Evil 7, but that isn’t a party game. To show that Virtual Reality can be a social experience, here are some of the best VR Party Games currently out there. Please note, a VR headset is required for all of these games.
1. VR Party Game (Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR)
The first pick is amusingly enough a clear description of what the experience is. Users put on the Google Cardboard headset and the VR messes with your mind. This could be considered more of an AR experience because it uses a camera to function, but it is still a lot of laughs. Bonus points for being cheap, easy to use and widely available in Singapore.
2. Ruckus Ridge (Oculus Rift, HTC Vive)
Remember Evolve, that asynchronous multiplayer game that had a lot of hype and they disappeared? Well, this is sort of like that, but in VR. Using 1 VR player and the rest playing more traditionally, this is game players in a similar manner to the recent Mario games. Up to three players try to complete a challenge, while the VR player tries to disrupt them. Imagine trying this while drinking along the way. Be prepared for many broken friendships, the sign of a great party game.
3. The Lab (HTC Vive)
The HTC Vive could very well be the successor to the Wii regarding party games. The lab, the first game made specifically for the Vive by Valve, is a collection of fun mini-games, ranging from archery defense to full-body Angry Birds-like catapult gameplay. This is a great game to quickly swap between players and see who gets the best score. Then, you have bragging rights for the rest of the evening.
4. Funhouse (HTC Vive)
Nvidia is showing off its graphics and physics in their first ever game. Just like the Lab, this is a collection of minigames, but with a circus focus. I had the chance to play a shooting range game, and before long I was aiming down the sights like I was actually in a shooting gallery. Once more like Valve’s party game, this is the perfect opportunity to settle between your friends who is the better shot.
5. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (HTC Vive, Oculus Rift)
Ever wanted to test how patient your friends are? Want an excuse to get that divorce you’ve always wanted? Well this is the perfect game for you. This is a two player experience, with the VR players faced with a bomb, while the player in the real world relays instructions on how to solve the various puzzles that will disarm the bomb. Communication here is key, as is patience. The video will show however that this is not a simple task.
Bonus Mention: Werewolves Within (Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Playstation VR)
Players will have to wait until December to get their hands on this title, but it’s shaping up to be a great party game. Similar to the card game Mafia, a group of players is randomly assigned roles in a village, and then have to deduce who the werewolf is before everyone dies. This has a multiplayer element so friends can play together, but you might have to enfore a ‘buy your own headset’ rule to make sure they’re enough to go around.