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The best VR games to reduce real-life stress (or just for relaxing)

RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 3,994 Valuable Player
edited September 21 in Games and Apps
Not sure what to call these games, but I'm thinking of games where you can just relax - and where you're like transported to some magical place where there're no time limits, no expectations for you to do anything and close to complete freedom. Oculus and Valve have problems defining these games' genre too - and the genre may be described like:

"Casual, Exploration, Music, Narrative, Puzzle"
"Adventure, Indie, Simulation"
"Adventure, Exploration, Simulation"
"Casual, Simulation"

Maybe something like "Casual, Exploration, Adventure, Simulation"... 

I'm thinking of games like Garden of the Sea - currently 9/10 on Steam:


- and Fujii (9/10 on Steam and in Oculus Store):


- and maybe Luna (8/10 on Steam and 9/10 in the Oculus Store):


Maybe also Vacation Simulator. I'm sure there're many more of such titles, and to me these are special for VR, because you're totally immersed in the world, which would be impossible in any attempt to make a 2D equivalent of such VR games. 

Note that we're talking about games, not apps. There're many apps that may work against stress too, like Nature Treks and Guided Meditation VR, but again these aren't games, but apps (where you just walk around). 

If you know of more games like the above, do mention them here, this thread is for those games! 
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  • DaftnDirectDaftnDirect Posts: 5,296 Volunteer Moderator
    is there a game with a ban hammer in it? that would relieve some stress
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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 3,994 Valuable Player
    edited September 21
    is there a game with a ban hammer in it? that would relieve some stress
    Maybe Marvel Powers United, which probably could relieve a lot of stress, but I was hoping to focus on some slightly different games in this thread, lol.

    Using Steam you can click a button a see a list of similar games like Garden of the Sea, Fujii etc., but Steam did not come up with more similar games, maybe there're not that many...

    Maybe another defining trait of these games is that there's no age restriction, thus these games may be the exact opposite of Hellsplit ;)
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  • MowTinMowTin Posts: 1,811 Valuable Player
    This looks relaxing...


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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 3,994 Valuable Player
    edited September 22
    MowTin said:
    This looks relaxing...



     Totally forgot about that game - you're absolutely right, it's a great game for relaxing. It's available on both Steam and in the Oculus Store, but for now the DLC is only available for Steam users - taking you to Japan or the Arctic :)





    The devs once offered me a free Steam version, because I bought the Oculus version, maybe I should contact them... 

    Perfect excursions for a lazy Sunday  o:) And also shows the power of VR once again - because in the real world chances of me sailing a boat in the Arctic or Japan is quite close to zero, but it's close to 100 % in VR  B)
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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 3,994 Valuable Player
    BTW, just bought Regatta again on Steam - it's 50% off on Steam and both DLCs are 75% off - so it's only fair I pay twice for the main game and support the devs. And the game's got full Index support <3  Looking forward to Japan and the Arctic later today!

    https://store.steampowered.com/app/468240/VR_Regatta__The_Sailing_Game/


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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 3,994 Valuable Player
    edited September 22
    Also forgot about this one - available in the Oculus Store and on Steam:


    The game's got great graphics and full Index support. I've bought the game, but I'm not the biggest fan of fishing, and the exploration aspect of this game isn't big - so you probably have to like going on fishing trips a lot ;)
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  • Digikid1Digikid1 Posts: 2,062 Valuable Player
    is there a game with a ban hammer in it? that would relieve some stress
    Gorn.
  • geebee666geebee666 Posts: 224
    Nexus 6
    edited September 22
    I agree Vr Regatta and Catch @ Release are great relaxing games.
    The other one I would recommend would be No Mans Sky, you can do the very loose missions or you can explore, build and just treat it as a massive sandbox, warning though it is a massive time sink :)
  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 3,994 Valuable Player
    geebee666 said:
    I agree Vr Regatta and catch @ release are great relaxing games.
    The other one I would recommend would be No Mans Sky, you can the very loose missions or you can explore, build and just treat it as a massive sandbox.
    I just tried VR Regatta, Steam version. It worked perfectly using ss 200% on the Index, graphics were great. The lake in Japan was a nice place to sail, didn't get the larger boat going in the Arctic, I'll try again tomorrow, lol. Was annoyed not to find any button for recentering, but I managed to sit on a chair in the real world and turn the chair the right way...
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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 3,994 Valuable Player
    RuneSR2 said:


    - and Fujii (9/10 on Steam and in Oculus Store):



    Fujii is now on sale for just $ 10 - get it here - full Index support, sale ends October 2:

    https://store.steampowered.com/app/589040/Fujii/
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  • pjennesspjenness Posts: 686
    Neo
    Im loving Real VR Fishing.    Very simple and relaxing. Catch fish, gain cash and experience..to next level.  Very basic no thinker. 
    You can up the dificulty also by turning off the gui helpers so it gets more challenging and rewarding.

    Looking forward to more environemnts

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  • Buli76Buli76 Posts: 7
    NerveGear
    My vote is Tetris Effect. Excelent visuals and relaxing audio.
    https://www.epicgames.com/store/product/tetris-effect/home

  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 3,994 Valuable Player
    Buli76 said:
    My vote is Tetris Effect. Excelent visuals and relaxing audio.
    https://www.epicgames.com/store/product/tetris-effect/home

    I'd like to try that game, if it comes to the Oculus Store or Steam.
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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 3,994 Valuable Player
    RuneSR2 said:
    RuneSR2 said:


    - and Fujii (9/10 on Steam and in Oculus Store):



    Fujii is now on sale for just $ 10 - get it here - full Index support, sale ends October 2:

    https://store.steampowered.com/app/589040/Fujii/
    The devs just told me that the PCVR version of Fujii is more advanced than the Quest version:

    "hi Rune, the PCVR has a few visual improvements over the Quest version including HDR+Bloom and more "Lushness" in the grass/vegetation rendering."

    I did think that the amount of grass etc. seemed impressive for Quest, nice to have that riddle solved, lol ;)

    Fujii is still on sale on Steam for a few more days - just $10 - can be refunded if you don't like it! Again the game has full finger tracking Index support and will work perfectly forcing SteamVR 200% res (super sampling) on Rift(-S) and Index if you have a GTX 1080 or better (maybe also GTX 1070 will do to, GTX 1060 should be able to do 150% especially on the Rifts). 
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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 3,994 Valuable Player
    MowTin said:
    This looks relaxing...


    VR Regatta is today's Daily Deal - but remember that the DLC (Japan & the Arctic) is only available if you have the Steam version.

    https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/1958452074228276
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  • TomCgcmfcTomCgcmfc Posts: 1,527
    Project 2501
    edited October 2
    Best, most relaxing for me is Nature Treks VR.  If you are using a Rift cv1 like me, you are best to add 1.5-2.0 supersampling via OTT or Oculus Debug Tool.
    https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/1241059555937266

    Also seems to work very well on the go.  I may buy this for my Go as well.
    https://www.oculus.com/experiences/go/1723271804396968

    Edit;  Just bought it for my Go and I'll let you all know what I think of it compared to my Rift version.


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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 3,994 Valuable Player
    edited October 2

    Fujii 35% off sale ends in 3 hours - last chance to get it for just 10 bucks in a while... I guess... I think I'll go through the Index Portal later this evening and enjoy some flower power in the Fujii Realm  o:)  ;)






    Hmmm, if I didn't know better this game could feel like some sort of casual weed growing simulator for hippies with very long hair :D 

    Image result for hippie long hair


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  • TomCgcmfcTomCgcmfc Posts: 1,527
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    edited October 2
    TomCgcmfc said:
    Best, most relaxing for me is Nature Treks VR.  If you are using a Rift cv1 like me, you are best to add 1.5-2.0 supersampling via OTT or Oculus Debug Tool.
    https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/1241059555937266

    Also seems to work very well on the go.  I may buy this for my Go as well.
    https://www.oculus.com/experiences/go/1723271804396968

    Edit;  Just bought it for my Go and I'll let you all know what I think of it compared to my Rift version.


    The Go version is crap imho.  Especially with the Go controller.

    Edit; I have requested a refund for the Go version and will just stick with using it on my Rift cv1 for now.  It should be interesting to see how it plays with my (preordered) Vive Cosmos w/revive.  I'll let you all know soon.

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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 3,994 Valuable Player
    RuneSR2 said:
    Garden of the Sea - currently 9/10 on Steam:

    Game is now on sale for like just 3 bucks - awesome for relaxing:

    https://store.steampowered.com/app/1086850/Garden_of_the_Sea/
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  • saami81saami81 Posts: 165
    Art3mis
    Not actually a game, but Google earth VR is relaxing app to me. Seeing places that you havent seen in 30 years can really bring some good memories and in VR its just looks way better than in 24" screen.
  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 3,994 Valuable Player
    This game is out Nov 14:


    More info here:

    Hi all, Andreas from Fast Travel Games here. We will be releasing our upcoming VR game for Oculus Quest & Oculus Rift called The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets on November 14, so I thought I would give you some info about the game and also answer any questions you might have!

    With The Curious Tale, we set aside a small & passionate team in our studio to create a VR game that is immediately accessible for anyone, regardless of age or gaming preferences. A game you can start playing simply by using your intuition. There is no cluttered settings menu, no time limits, no fail states. What it does offer is incredibly detailed miniature worlds in front of you, filled with colorful life and interactive elements, which you get to engage with and solve puzzles to find the missing pets. We are also telling a tale of memories and nostalgia, with your Grandfather’s voice guiding you back to your childhood adventures.

    Here are some details!

    • The Curious Tale won the ‘Best Immersive Game’ award at the Raindance Film Festival in London in September, in tough competition with games like No Man’s Sky and Dr. Who: The Edge of Time! 

    • It has music from world-renowned artist Wintergatan (the creators of Marble Machine) included.

    • It will cost $14.99/€14.99/£11.99 (might vary a little pending on country)

    • It offers cross-buy between the Rift & Quest version

    • It has subtitles localized for Spanish (main & LATAM versions), French, German, Russian, Italian, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Korean & Brazilian Portuguese.

    You can WISHLIST the game on the Oculus Quest here and Oculus Rift here.

    Let me know if you have any further questions, we cannot wait to see and hear what you all think on November 14!

    https://www.reddit.com/r/oculus/comments/dlwvxj/we_are_releasing_the_curious_tale_of_the_stolen/


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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 3,994 Valuable Player
    edited November 3
    Forgot to mention Fugl in this thread :blush: - Fugl is amazing! 


    Fugl is also a true Oculus exclusive, it cannot - for now - be revived. It's not on Steam, thus only Rift and Rift-S are supported. 
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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 3,994 Valuable Player
    Not sure why, but I can't help thinking that this looks awesome  <3


    Only problem may be that it seems the devs smoked something really bad and then got the same thought: "Let's launch our game the same day as Stormland".

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  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 7,160 Valuable Player
    Dreadhalls
    Alien Isolation VR Mod
    Affected The Manor
    FNAF VR

    And of course Nakamura's Fall when I finish it some time in 2037  :D

    Should have you nicely chilled out playing those games lol
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  • hobinmhobinm Posts: 5
    NerveGear
    I also find no mans sky vr and both American truck sim and euro truck sim 2  very relaxing too play in vr
  • snowdogsnowdog Posts: 7,160 Valuable Player
    No Man's Sky is relaxing right until you walk over a venomous plant that you haven't seen, then I tend to poo my pants lmfao :D
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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 3,994 Valuable Player
    RuneSR2 said:
    Not sure why, but I can't help thinking that this looks awesome  <3


    Just tried the game - it's really amazing - my short review/impressions from the Store:

    "While this game may not be long, the quality is top notch. The PCVR version has much higher texture resolution and post effects compared to the Quest, so this game feels like a true PCVR game in every way. 
    The polish is perfect and the game is magical, much like Luna. Graphics are amazing, maybe Stormland and Asgard's Wrath are better, but no other game looks more detailed than this gem. There really aren't any graphics settings, but I got solid 90 fps forcing super sampling 2.0 with a GTX 1080, and I'm blown away by the detailed graphics. Using CV1 you're very close to all in-game objects and this greatly minimizes the CV1 SDE - to a point where I thought it's not far from my Index. It probably has to do with eye accommodation, but SDE primarily gets pronounced using CV1 when looking at very distant objects - and you really don't do that in this game. In short, it's one of the visually most impressive games I've tried using the CV1.
    Of course this isn't even close to action, it's rather a small puzzle game that can be enjoyed by both kids and adults. You can play either sitting or standing, there're buttons for recentering. Controls are much like in Luna and Moss, you don't have fingers but it all works flawlessly. This is one VR gem that should be in everyone's library - it you like the genre."
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  • WaitinerWaitiner Posts: 4
    NerveGear
    edited November 23
    Games is quite good thing for entertainment but when you are in stress I think it won't help.
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