Not ready to plonk down your first $100 on Quest 2 games? Thankfully there’s a good amount of free games, experiences, social VR platforms, and apps to keep you playing before you’re paying.

Note: We didn’t include demos for paid games in the list, but you should definitely also check out these too for a quick taste of the full thing, such as Synth RidersJourney of the Gods, Creed: Rise to Glory, Beat Saber, Superhot VR, and Space Pirate Trainer.

We have however included App Lab games. If you want to see more, SideQuest’s search function is a great resource for finding free stuff and demos. Below you’ll find some of the top App Lab games in addition to those hosted on the official store.

Free Games

Gun Raiders

There aren’t a ton of free-to-play shooters out there that promise multiplayer action, however Gun Raiders fits the bill with its multiple game modes that let you jetpack through the air, climbing from wall to wall, and shoot down the competition. There’s the same sort of microtransactions you see in bigger games, but it they’re all avatar skin stuff, so no pay-to-win here.

  • Developer: Gun Raiders Entertainment Inc.
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Battle Talent

Battle Talent is one of those fighting sims that let you go ham on ragdoll baddies, which in this case are wily goblins and loads of skelingtons. This physics-based roguelite action game lets you climb, run and slide your way through levels as you slash, shoot, and wield magic against your foes.

Pavlov Shack Beta

Ever wanted to play Counter-Strike on Quest? Pavlov Shack offers up a pretty comparable experience, as you play in either deathmatch or co-op mode. It’s got all of the realistic gunplay and much of the fun of the paid PC VR title, but it’s still going strong with a free open beta on Quest.

Echo VR

Zero-g sports aren’t possible unless you’re stationed on the ISS, and even then you probably shouldn’t muck about. In this fast-paced game of ultimate frisbee-meets-hockey-meets-whatever you’ll launch at speed to the goal, evade the opposing team and chuck your Tron-style frisbee-thing for the win. Remember: you can smash your opponent in the face, but please follow the same suggestions mentioned in Gorilla Tag above.

Gorilla Tag

This humble game of tag has taken both SideQuest and App Lab by storm with its infectious gameplay. You’ll be lumbering around a tree-lined arena using its unique grab-the-world locomotion style that lets you amble around like a great ape. Chase the other apes and infect them, or climb for your life as the infected chase you. Pure and simple. Make sure you’re far from TVs, furniture, babies, and pets because you will punch something in the mad dash for sweet, low-poly freedom.

Rec Room

Without a doubt one of the most fun, and most expansive VR titles out there… and it’s free. Sure, you can pay real cash for in-game tokens to buy spiffy clothes for your avatar, but that’s really up to you. Gads of mini-games await you in both first-party creations such as the ever so popular co-op Quests—that could be games in their own right—to user-created stuff that will keep your pocket book gathering dust. It’s social VR, so meet people and have a ball for zero dollarydoos. Fair warning: there’s a ton of kids.

VRChat

If you’ve been anywhere near the Internet in the last few years, it’s likely you’ve already heard about VRChat, the user-generated social VR space filled with… well… everything you can imagine, re-pro games included like Among Us, Mario Kart, and even a version of Beat Saber. Fashion your own avatar or download the millions of user-generated avatars out there so you can embody SpongeBob, Kirito from Sword Art Online, or any one of the million anime girl avatars that you’re bound to see there.

Gym Class – Basketball

Gym Class – Basketball is the solution if you’re looking to shoot some hoops and dunk like you probably can’t on a physical court. Online multiplayer lets you go head-to-head for a pretty convincing game of b-ball thanks to the game’s physics-based and full-body kinematics.

Ancient Dungeon Beta

This plucky roguelite dungeon crawler is still in beta (still!), but there’s a reason it’s become an App Lab favorite. Explore a vast dungeon to explore, housing plenty of baddies just asking for the steel of your sword, knives, and arrows. You’ll climb over deep pits, dodge lethal traps, and search for hidden treasures. Smash all the pots and crates you can before it officially launches on Quest sometime in the near future.

Elixir

Would-be wizards, this is your time to shine. Explore a magical laboratory and take on the job of apprentice wizard. The lab is full of gadgets and magical stuff to mess around with; as one of the games that natively supports Quest’s hand tracking, you can put your controllers down and get experimenting with this little slice of the dark arts.

Free Interactive Experiences

Anne Frank House VR

This interactive experience takes you into the secret annex where Anne Frank lived for two years in hiding from the Nazi regime. The experience lets you explore the entire annex where eight people hid, and experience what it must have been like for Frank up until the group was discovered and shipped off to concentration camps in August 1944.

Mission: ISS

Get your space boots and Tang ready, because you’re about to take a trip into orbit to learn about life board the International Space Station. You’ll float around in the station’s microgravity environment and experience how to dock a space capsule, take a spacewalk, and let real NASA astronauts guide you on the ISS through informative videos and images. Look out over the pale blue dot and marvel at humankind’s most awesome achievements.

Home After War

Home After War is  a room-scale, interactive experience that takes you to Fallujah, a city that was, until recently, under Islamic State (IS) control. Even though the conflict has ended, there’s a looming fear of returning refugees: booby trapped homes and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the neighborhoods. Awe-inspiring. Human. Disturbing.

Goliath: Playing with Reality

Narrated by Tilda Swinton, Goliath guides you through the unsettling world of Goliath, a man who spent years isolated in psychiatric institutions but finds connection in multiplayer games. Expect to have your heartstrings pulled by expressive dialogue and immersive visuals as you explore the mind and experiences of Goliath. You’ll need to use your microphone.

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  • TechPassion

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    • h4rr4r

      You should demand a refund.

      • Ron

        lol

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  • Just Another Guy

    Most of these aren’t games

    • Yeah, most are theatrical VR experiences or 360 videos. Very misleading title, there, Road.

      • Michelle Jones

        i like warching things like henry , invasion, imlooking for more stuff like that so my grandaughter can watch it, itsto hard for her to figure the controller. out…. if you know of any free onesi can geti would appreciate. it buddy

  • Also, try all the free demos of stuff like Beat Saber, Creed: Rise to Glory, Superhot, Synth Riders, etc.

    • Wild Tangent

      where are the demos?

      • Just type the names into the store and I presume they will show up. If not then I’m not actually sure to be honest.

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  • SideQuest should the #1 thing on the list. (followed by QuestORama!)

  • Nothing to see here

    I miss the amazing demos that you could download for free with the original Oculus developer kit. I wish they would make a compatibility layer and let us download them again as some were among the best things I have seen in VR.

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      You probably can still play them, I play Robo Recall on both my Quest 2 and my Reverb G2.

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  • You should have included “The Unity Cube”… it’s an experience that is so artistic and immersive… and it is free!

    BTW, Spatial now has pivoted towards being a platform to host NFTs exhibitions, you should write that

  • Ace of Spadеs

    I dont see a single game that even remotely AA, all trash that looks like it was made bny high-school kids.

    VR went downhill in 2021, only one couple AA and zero AAA games

    • Andrew Jakobs

      Funny, it’s actually the simple look of a lot of games that attracted me. I like low poly games. And I’m fully aware the current Quests aren’t capable of delivering AAA type of graphics yet. And even mainstream PC’s aren’t ready yet to drive those latest PCVR headsets without the latest highend cards which are even hard to come by, even the 3060’s are insanely expensive.

      • Ace of Spadеs

        Thats not my point, also games can be scaled, like 2D games to have graphical settings [Most VR for some reason have ZERO graphical or resolution settings]

        If you want VR to survive it has to move pass the “cheap Chinese mobile phone for cheap F2P games” kind of device.
        It has to be PS5, xbox Series X kind of device.

        That attracts Big name studios that make big name games.

        But VR is going DOWNHILL, when Rift S came out, many studios jumped on the bandwagon, Bethesda ported 2 games and made 2 VR centric ones, DOOM VR and Cyber Pilot.
        Ubisoft dipped their toes in VR and made that horror/mind game, forgot its name, also they made that rather popular Star Trek game
        Bunch of AAA games got ported, Borderlands 2 and maybe some others
        Then Alyx came out and everybody was happy, thinking THIS IS THE VR MOMENT, THIS IS WHEN big publishers jump to VR and they DIDN’T.
        The state of VR is SAD, its exactly like I said: You buy VR to play Indie games, like a poor kid buy 90$ Chinese mobile phone to play F2P games, BUT VR is far from 90$, its 400-500 for Quest 2 [With cable, new facial interface, bobovr strap and controllers straps]
        1000$ for Valve Index, 1200$ for HTC Pro 2 and 3000$ for that Varjo whatever its called.

        Facebook trying to release more games but they all right in the Indie AA area and the sad part is that Best Selling VR game is Port of Playstation 2 era Resident Evil 4!

        • Rezerlius Carnelius Mazretin

          Dude why do you have to be so damn extremely biased? I know you’re not much satisfied with the Oculus quest games but I am having the best time of my life on the Oculus quest 2 Which I just got for Christmas VR didn’t go downhill That is where you are 100% wrong It’s improving every year Of course there will be some VR games that are not AAA games but they are pretty damn amazing there are plenty of best-selling quest games I recently bought like fruit Ninja VR Resident Evil 4 VR beatsaber super hot VR Pavlov VR echo VR VRchat If you look into the best selling quest games category there is a lot of quest games worth buying If you really are looking for AAA VR games you’re better off with PC VR or PlayStation VR those are the only two platforms they have a pretty large library of AAA VR games Even I have tons of fun with PSVR games other than that there are some things the quest 2 does better than PSVR when it comes to room scale customization and the Oculus touch controllers has two thumbsticks That makes PS move motion controllers look inferior But other than that I like both the quest 2 and PS VR for different purposes Like for example I’m mostly purchased dictionary games that doesn’t require a thumbstick unlike the quest 2 I mostly purchase games that require a thumb stick for the better experience And that’s pretty much it So don’t worry VR gaming is evolving and 2022 will be the year when VR really shines.

        • Michelle Jones

          i have rez 4i likeit! wish there was somemulti init though..

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  • Beginner

    I’ve ordered this system for my wife and am wondering if there are simple VR experiences (like riding a roller coaster, or flying over/around a national park), as opposed to games, shoot-’em-ups, haunted houses/monsters and sports. I probably haven’t looked through Oculus’ full catalogue, but haven’t seen much of what we’d be looking for. Thanks in advance.

    • Heather

      Yes, there are a lot of VR experiences you can have besides just playing games.

      • Beginner

        Thanks Heather – I appreciate your responding. Can you recommend some titles?

        • Heather

          Rec Room,Altspace,BigScreen and Blades and Sorcery

    • ParaLaUAZ!

      My wife resisted our son’s request for an Oculus. She was eventually won over, but didn’t really see the value in it (not a techie) until I sat her down, pulled up YouTubeVR and sent her down the canals of Venice, one of her favourite cities to visit. She had literal tears in her eyes. So do look beyond Oculus’ own store for good VR experience.

    • Funnily, those two examples you picked are some of the worst things you could put her into, especially if you don’t want her being sick. Lol

      But, there’s loads of stuff outside of that:

      I mentioned Tales From Soda Island, which are short animations found in the VR Animation player app. Those are all really good.

      There’s All the Felix and Paul stuff, which is all 360 movies (from being aboard the ISS to watching a scene from a Jurassic World movie standing inside it), and are generally some of the best of that type in VR.

      Simple stuff but really effective for the casuals imo.

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  • All the Tales From Soda Island stuff in the VR Animation player is well worth watching.