There are plenty of great games out there for Oculus Rift, with the Oculus Store featuring a number of top titles certainly worth your hard-earned money. But before you crack that wallet too wide open, you may want to take a look at some seriously cool free content out there on the Oculus Store right now.

High production value, engaging VR mechanics, Touch optimization: the games below have it all. Without further ado, here are our best five free VR games for Rift.

Note: We didn’t include tools or experiences below, only games!

5 – Brass Tactics Arena

Synopsis: Real-time strategy fans only have a few options when it comes to VR specific games, but Brass Tactics (2017) is decidedly one of the best, both content and production-wise. Thankfully there’s a ‘try-before-you-buy’ version that offers some of the fun of the full game—ok, a lot of the fun of the full game (probably more than they should).

Store description: Play head-to-head online or in Conquest story mode from your Oculus Rift, Gear VR, or Facebook Gameroom account on desktop. This immersive collectible card-battler mixes high fantasy with World War II on a 4×4 grid battlefield that is alive with rampaging giants, intimidating war-machines, and soaring projectiles.

Developer: Hidden Path Entertainment

Released: 2017 – Oculus Store link

4 – Archangel: Hellfire Free

Synopsis: The game, which recently took on the new moniker Archangel Hellfire, used to be a single player-only, on-rails mech shooter when it launched last year. Recently though, Skydance Interactive released an off-rails multiplayer expansion which pits you in a team deathmatch, and offering some of the fun mech fans originally expected from the single player game, but never got. Fortunately the studio also released a free version that offers team multiplayer for exactly zero dollars.

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Store descriptionArchangel Hellfire is the unholy union of godlike mech weaponry and infernal team deathmatch gameplay. An intense, free-roaming shooter where you pilot massive weapons of death, armed to the teeth, fighting over an apocalyptic landscape. Traumatized by the mayhem of PVP? Jump into the award winning single player campaign and live the story that lead to the current mech war between HUMNX and the USFF. Battle Training is live, jump in.

Developer: Skydance Interactive

Released: 2018 – Oculus Store link

3 – Rec Room (Social VR)

Synopsis: Rec Room isn’t really a bespoke game, but rather a social VR app that contains a number of engaging and fun games within it. You’ll get swept up in the multiplayer adventures, casual sports, and the newest addition Rec Royale, a battle royale-style shooter.

Store description: Rec Room is the best place to hang out with friends from all around the world! Play intense multiplayer games like Paintball, Laser Tag, Quest, and Rec Royale, or just chill with friends in the park. There are thousands of player-created game and event rooms for you to discover, with new ones added daily. You can even build your own rooms with your friends. Rec Room is cross platform and free, so come and join the fun!

Developer: Against Gravity

Released: 2016 – Oculus Store link

2- Robo Recall (Free with Touch Activation)

Synopsis: Epic Games knows Unreal Engine—after all, they created it. Undoubtedly costing a few million, Robo Recall definitely boasts some of the highest production value on the store right now. As a single player game, Robo Recall uses Oculus Touch to its fullest; you’ll be grabbing battle bots and twirling your six shooters just as if you had your hands in the game.

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Store descriptionYou used to push lead with a pencil, but now you’re pushing it with a gun. A recent barrage of defective, homicidal robots has created openings in RoboReady’s perpetually underfunded and suddenly swamped Recall Department. Thrown into the fray as a Recaller, you must rely on your wits, reflexes and a vast arsenal of weaponry to eliminate the robot uprising.

Developer: Epic Games

Released: 2016 – Oculus Store link

1 – Echo VR

Synopsis: The newly rechristened Echo VR first started out on the Oculus Store as Echo Arena, a futuristic team sport that features a unique zero-G locomotion style and 5v5 multiplayer matches. The impetus for the rebranding: Echo Combat, the soon-to-come VR shooter expansion that puts you in the battle-ready chassis of a combat bot armed with an array of weapons and abilities. Featuring two teams of three, you compete to either push the payload forward, or defend the end goal and push the payload back.

Store description: In Echo Combat, you will play as a futuristic battle-ready robot armed with an array of weapons and abilities as your team of three competes against the opposition in high-speed objective-based zero-gravity mayhem! Echo Arena now supports parties of 15 players and 5v5 private matches, with 5 more slots available for spectators! In the Arena, your team will face off against the competition in a zero-gravity clash of robotic glory as you glide, boost, and punch your way to scoring goals in a breathtaking virtual arena.

Developer: Ready at Dawn

Released: 2017 – Oculus Store link


Honorable Mentions

Poker VR

Store description: Playing poker with friends was never more fun and social. Poker VR features the most expressive avatars built for VR, making reading tells even more fun. Wanna hone your poker skills? Join any of our daily tournaments to prove that you are the best at poker. And oh yeah, you will be playing with people from all over the world joining in from Oculus Rift, Gear VR and Oculus Go!

Developer: Casino VR

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Released: 2016 – Oculus Store link

Lucky’s Tale

Store description: Lucky’s Tale is a delightful platforming adventure game designed exclusively for the Oculus Rift. Join Lucky as he runs, jumps, climbs and spins his way through a bright, colorful world filled with thrilling challenges, wacky creatures, and all the shiny things a little fox could ever want!

Developer: Playful Corp

Released: 2016 – Oculus Store link

Dead and Buried

Store descriptionStep into a world full of gunslingers and ghosts in Dead and Buried. Grab your Touch controllers and become the best gunslinger in the wild west in this multiplayer action shooter. Battle it out in the old saloon. Rob a runaway train. Team up with other bandits and defend against hordes of ghastly creatures. Finally, you can live out your wild west fantasies thanks to virtual reality.

Developer: Oculus / Gun Fire Games

Released: 2016 – Oculus Store link 

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  • Pimples

    PSVR wins again…lol…Sony takes gen 1 in VR the games for Sony’s blow these away…period.

    • impurekind

      What free games are better on PSVR then?

      • R FC

        “The Lab” by Valve, absolutely sublime and lots of hidden stuff when you start looking.

        • fdf

          Are you retarded. That’s available for PC as well. Not an exclusive title.

          • Pimples

            Lol…he is retarded…no doubt

          • JJ

            um no pimples you’re clearly retarded….

            PSVR has no free games, and even if they did they are clearly outnumbered by literally any other app store on that aspect.
            Sony games DO NOT blow the competition away at all. period. Maybe next time try another system before you make claims like that because its pretty general knowledge that sony doesn’t have the best games or best free games at all, and it makes you look really stupid.

          • Sandy Wich

            He’s a Playstation fanboy dude, have you ever been around a group of them? They live in what I like to call, “The ignorance bubble”.

            To them if something doesn’t have a CGI music video at an event, it doesn’t exist.

          • Pimples

            Wow tj I didn’t know I looked stupid….good eye….i just thought since Sony was the clear leader of the 3 main higher end VR with way more sold and the best games.

          • Engineer_92

            Sony is definitely on the higher end of the VR spectrum, but PC VR is still in a league of its own. When its cost prohibitive and millions of people already own a PS4, of course PSVR will outsell. PC VR is more for the enthusiasts when it comes to this 1st generation

          • Sandy Wich

            ..You won’t be fitting in here bud. Your intelligence and observation skills are truly horrible.

          • Pimples

            Whoa……how deep you are… your high observations & intellectual skills solved that FAST!! kudos

          • Dynastius

            R FC was saying that The Lab is another example of a free game that is awesome and works on the Rift, not that it is available for PSVR (it isn’t.)

    • F1ForHelp

      Question.

      What does winning mean?

      • Pimples

        That there is a diet out there that might just work for you.

        • F1ForHelp

          What does that mean? (Not sarcastic this time.)

    • Sandy Wich

      You’re joking, right? Most of PSVR’s content is either 3rd party or timed exclusive. Did you really fall for the symphony music, fireworks and the marketing cut scenes at E3 or Sony’s reveal event?

      Does PSVR have Minecraft VR? Google Earth VR? Mods with Skyrim VR? VRChat? Fallout 4 VR, “with mods”? The Lab? Talos Principle? Robo Recall?.. The list goes on for hundreds of quality games and experiences. But hey, I guess PC-VR users can’t zoom in to Nami’s breasts in One Piece VR, right?~ Oh wait… HoneySelect.

      The only thing PSVR really has is a marketing/timed exclusivity budget to try to trick people into thinking something that sucks in comparison to it’s competition doesn’t. And that’s just software, much less it’s vastly inferior hardware which we needn’t go into detail here.

      I’m not saying that, “on it’s own”, PSVR is bad of course. I’m actually quite amazed they could make VR so entry level and cheap while remaining functional on such outdated hardware. I genuinely believe it’s good enough to at least sell the concept of VR to consumers that they’ll likely buy a superior VR product in the future, but basing your entire reality on what gets a glorified music video at E3 and then pretending nothing else exists is ridiculous.

      And btw, I know it’s been mentioned by other people, but still, this is just a list of free games. Wanna name me a few good free PSVR games? Don’t bother, I’ve already looked.

    • sebrk

      LOL troll

    • J.C.

      I love how riled up everyone got over obvious trolling. He offers no examples, and while he responded to a comment, it wasn’t with anything to back up his original statement.

      • F1ForHelp

        I think people can be mad about it either way.

  • Luke

    super article I didn’t even know about brass tactics and Archangel for free….

  • I still find Robo Recall better than Echo VR. It has an almost perfect design for Oculus and Touch controllers.

  • Frédéric Marcotte Piché

    In case the redactor of this article reads the comments (he/she probably shouldn’t :P)
    Echo VR Matches are 3V3, in either Arena or Combat, not 5V5.