If you haven’t heard, Oculus screwed up pretty badly yesterday when they let a software certification expire, leaving Rift owners without access to any of their games for a full day. Thankfully, there’s a fix now, but the company is still trying to smooth things over by throwing $15 Oculus Store credit (or local equivalent) to Rifters.
Eligibility is based on whether you’ve used your Rift on or after February 1st, 2018. Oculus says they’ll be crediting eligible accounts with the $15 within the next 7 days – a perfect amount of time to research your next purchase.
While you don’t have to blow it all in one go, or even use it for one entire game, it’s certainly nice having something for “free” that you wouldn’t otherwise. Here’s a few suggestions that ought to drain most, if not all of those $15 bucks.
- Hitman GO: VR Edition – is a turn-based strategy game with beautifully rendered diorama-style set pieces. You will strategically navigate fixed spaces on a grid to avoid enemies and take out your target or infiltrate well-guarded locations.
- BlazeRush – is a dynamic arcade racing survival game with no health, no leveling and no brakes! You can assemble a team of friends to play in local or online multiplayer, then choose a car to your taste and chase, blow up and cut them off!
- Apollo 11 VR – is a new type of documentary, not only do you get to relive the events of 1969, you can also take control and fly the command module, land the lunar lander, explore the Moon’s surface and deploy the lunar experiments all before returning to earth in a fiery re-entry.
- Dreadhalls – is a horror adventure game that traps you deep inside a massive dungeon. Explore it, survive it, and find a way to escape. Your only weapons will be stealth, your own courage, and a faint light.
- Esper: The Collection – is a puzzle collection that combines Esper and Esper 2. With the power to move objects with their minds, you have been enrolled by the government to use your psychic abilities to solve increasingly challenging tests.
- Darknet – is a strategy/puzzle game in which you play as an elite hacker in the Net. Plug into cyberspace, using viruses, worms, and exploits to steal the data before your signal gets traced.
- Proton Pulse – is basically Arkanoid on crack. Use your paddle to direct the Proton, an energy ball with awesome power and the only thing that can destroy the M.O.A.I. core! If the action gets too fast, use the Space-Time Dilator to turn a sure miss into a deadly volley.
- Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes – is an asymmetric puzzle game that puts one player in a VR headset with a ticking time bomb and the others outside of VR who must give the instructions to defuse the bomb by deciphering the information found in the Bomb Defusal Manual. It’s a great party game, especially if you want to show off VR and get everyone involved.
- Kittypocalypse – is a tower defense game populated with evil (but cute) alien kittens. Prepare to repel wave after wave of cute but deadly kittens on 15 beautiful and diverse islands.
- Pinball FX2 VR – is a pinball collection that replicates the atmosphere of real-life pinball machines in a virtual play space, while presenting gameplay features and effects that cannot be physically recreated.
- Tactera – is a real-time strategy game played on a virtual tabletop. Build swarms of gunships, tanks, bombers, and other units, and use your hi-tech view of the battlefield to strategically outmaneuver the enemy.
- Space Pirate Trainer – is a wave shooter, the official trainer for wannabe space pirates. Pushing some seriously impressive polish, you fight off relentless waves of droids with all the weapons and gadgets you would ever need as a Space Pirate.
- Marble Land – is a physics-based puzzle game that was designed primarily for VR. The purpose of the game is to guide a rolling marble on the correct path to its target destination by changing the configuration of the elements in the level.
- FORM – is a surreal puzzle adventure that unfolds within the confines of the human mind. Use your superhuman powers to follow the signal through The Obelisk and explore dream-like memories to unlock puzzles in your own mind.
- Kingspray Graffiti – is a graffiti simulator that won’t get you thrown in jail for causing damage to public and private property. It comes complete with realistic spray, colors, drips, metallics, and more.
There’s plenty more games worth your $15 if you want to use it as a ‘discount’ on a more expensive game. Try pursuing our Top 5 Games for Oculus Rift, or head over to our review section to get a better idea of what’s out there.