In early 2021 Oculus launched App Lab for Quest which allows developers to distribute their games on the headset without going through Oculus’ curation process. There’s now 837 games and apps available on App Lab, more than double the number of apps on the main Quest store.
Update – January 24th, 2022
There’s now 837 apps available for Quest via App Lab, according to submissions tracked by App Lab DB. In just under a year, the number of apps on App Lab has more than doubled the number of apps on the main Quest store, which stands at 341 after more than two and a half years of operation.
The discrepancy shows that many more developers would like to be on the main store than Oculus allows. To date we’re only aware of a handful of apps that have made the leap from App Lab to the main Quest store.
App Lab apps are functionally ‘unlisted’ (unsearchable) in the main Quest store, but receive a normal store page which can be accessed directly via a URL and installed with a single click once logged in, just like any Quest app in the main store. The difference is that Oculus picks and chooses which apps to include in the main Quest store based on some qualitative criteria, while App Lab apps don’t need to meet any specific bar outside of being technically sound.
Since its launch on February 3rd, 2021 Oculus has approved an average of 2.7 apps per day to App Lab. The main Quest store sits at 341 apps. Given the time since the launch of the main Quest store, that’s an average of 0.34 apps added to the store per day.
For additional context, the number of Oculus PC applications sits around 1,400, with Go applications at 1,150, and SteamVR applications around 5,000. Though all of these platforms have been around for years longer, none of them have been subject to the sort of curation that Oculus has imposed on Quest applications in the headset’s main store.
Below is a breakdown of the top 20 App Lab applications by rating and popularity.
Best Rated Quest Games in App Lab
The rating of each application is an aggregate of user reviews and a useful way to understand the general reception of each title by users (apps with less than 50 reviews are excluded).
|Rank||Name||Rating (# of ratings)|
|#2||Ancient Dungeon||4.8 (188)|
|#5||Ancient Dungeon Beta||4.8 (926)|
|#6||Help Yourself||4.8 (182)|
|#7||Luna: Episode 1 – Left Behind (DEMO)||4.8 (63)|
|#8||Sport Mode||4.8 (3,390)|
|#9||HAX Demo||4.8 (186)|
|#10||Crazy Kung Fu||4.7 (177)|
|#12||MarineVerse Cup||4.7 (67)|
|#14||OPERATION SERPENS||4.7 (128)|
|#15||Dead Second||4.7 (102)|
|#16||Brisk Square – Early Access||4.7 (433)|
|#17||Clay Hunt VR||4.7 (53)|
|#18||Big Ballers Basketball||4.7 (76)|
|#19||Gorilla Tag||4.6 (10,944)|
|#20||TO THE TOP||4.6 (75)|
Most Popular Quest Games in App Lab
The number of ratings gives a ballpark idea of the relative popularity of each title; a title with more ratings is likely to have been downloaded more than a title with less, though there’s certainly an unknown margin of error (apps with less than 50 reviews are excluded).
|Rank||Name||Number of Ratings (rating)|
|#1||Gorilla Tag||10,944 (4.7)|
|#2||Pavlov Shack Beta||4,774 (4.3)|
|#3||Sport Mode||3,379 (4.8)|
|#4||Battle Talent||1,024 (4.6)|
|#5||Ancient Dungeon Beta||926 (4.9)|
|#6||Gym Class||872 (4.1)|
|#7||Puzzling Places – Beta||795 (4.9)|
|#9||V-Speedway Alpha||429 (4.2)|
|#10||Brisk Square – Early Access||416 (4.8)|
|#11||Frenzy VR||378 (4.3)|
|#12||Crisis VRigade 2||319 (4.6)|
|#13||Cards & Tankards||299 (4.6)|
|#15||iB Cricket||283 (4.7)|
|#17||Aim XR||281 (4.4)|
|#18||Smash Drums Demo||210 (4.7)|
|#20||Painting VR||195 (4.7)|
If you’re interested in similar charts for the main Quest store, see our latest charts.