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Best apps for Daydream VR

Virtual reality is something we’ve been hearing a lot of over the past couple of years. It’s an immersive experience that puts you right in the middle of games and movies, allowing you to experience all of your favorite things all from one spot. And right now, one of the best VR headsets out there, by far, is Google’s Daydream View headset. What makes it so fantastic is the combination of quality and comfort that come together to give you the best experience possible. So whether you’ve been holding off, waiting for VR to progress a little more before you jump in, or if you’re looking for a great gift for any techy in your life, you can’t go wrong with gifting Daydream VR.

Today, we wanted to bring you some of the best apps for Daydream VR that are currently out, so we’ve compiled a list of 6 very different apps that will introduce you to some entirely new experiences. Whether you want to catch up on your favorite show, solve mysteries in a compelling, life-like game, take a closer look at the solar system, introduce your kids to VR, or something different all together, we’ve got you covered.

Netflix VR

If you’re wanting to experience all of your favorite movies and TV shows in an entirely new and different way, look no further than the Netflix app for VR. You’ll get the same access to Netflix that you get on your laptop or TV, but the way you experience it will be like nothing you’ve ever done before. Netflix for VR doesn’t just bring your favorite movies and TV shows to life—it puts you right in the middle of the action.

Netflix really is one of the best options for entertainment. Depending on your plan, you’ll pay anywhere from $8 a month to $12 a month, for more quality content than you’ll find anywhere else. With the basic plan, that’s just the price of 2 coffees each month. It doesn’t get much better than that. And if you’re not sure whether Netflix is for you or if you want to sign up for it at this point, right now they’re offering a promotion for you to get your first month free. Definitely worth a shot!

Download it now: Google Play

Coloring VR

Over the past couple of years, coloring has become one of the world’s favorite pastimes. Studies have even come out showing that coloring can be very therapeutic and relaxing, which makes it an awesome way to unwind after a stressful day, but also a fun project to work on during your day off.

While Coloring VR isn’t the same as coloring on paper, it is an awesome experience that offers some of the same, and different, advantages to coloring in a book. By coloring in VR, you’ll essentially be taken into your own world of coloring. You can choose from a bunch of different templates, and go as wild or as monotone as you like with the huge variety of colors Coloring VR has to offer. So whether you are looking to de-stress, or you’re just looking for a fun new activity to try out, we highly recommend downloading Coloring VR.

Download it now: Google Play

Planetarium VR

If you’re a hard-core science lover, or you’re just particularly fascinated by astronomy, Planetarium VR will give you an inside look at the stars and their constellations. By pointing your VR headset at the night sky, you’ll see the stars more clearly than you ever have. Planetarium VR is especially handy if you’ve tried identifying constellations on your own in the past, but haven’t been able to figure it out.

In Planetarium VR, you’ll not only identify stars and their constellations, but you’ll also get to play around with different settings to alter your experience and see the night sky in several different ways. Some of the options include Waterside, where you can view the constellations in the water, Diurnal motion, and more, including the option to identify planets as well, for a small fee.

Download it now: Google Play

Sherlock VR

Have you ever wanted to be completely immersed in solving a possibly earth-shattering mystery, and yet decided it was probably not worth all the hassle, plus the probability of having your life put on the line? Whether that’s you, or you just basically enjoy any good mystery, then you’re not going to want to miss out on Sherlock VR.

In Sherlock VR, you’ll be transported to London, where you will find objects, solve mysteries, and begin to whittle away the crime from the busy streets. In this 3D world, you’ll be able to play either as Sherlock, or as his handy sidekick, Watson. With Sherlock VR, you can have all the fun of solving mysteries, but without having to do anything that’s actually dangerous, unless you count dangerously fun.

Download it now: Google Play

LEGO BrickHeadz Builder VR

Whether you’re a die-hard lego fan yourself or you’re wanting to let your kids in on some of the Daydream VR fun, LEGO BrickHeadz Builder offers all the fun of the classic bricks, but in digital form, for all ages! You really can’t make a mistake in LEGO BrickHeadz Builder, because you’re the master builder, and what you say goes.

To get into a little more detail, there’s several different things you can do in this game. And the fun part is that because you’ll use it with your Daydream VR, it’s more than a game; it’s an experience. In LEGO BrickHeadz Builder, you’ll solve puzzles to progress through the game, but you’ll also be able to do what the name implies: build. You can choose to build digital lego sets actually designed by LEGO, or you can make your own creation. You’ll also make your own characters with different personalities and behaviors, and bring them to life right before your eyes. Needless to say, if you even remotely enjoy real legos, you should definitely check out LEGO BrickHeadz Builder for your Daydream VR.

Download it now: Google Play

Horizons

A different kind of game, Horizons is an app that is centered around music and rhythm. When you set up Horizons and begin playing, you’ll realize that a new, colorful world has come to life, and it’s entirely controlled by music. But here’s the catch: you control that music! You’ll interact with several different settings in Horizons, watching how the music you control plays out in the world, as it can manifest itself in a bunch of different ways.

Horizons is a beautiful game. The design is top notch, the idea behind the music controlling the world is brilliant. If you’re looking for something fun, quirky, and maybe even relaxing, Horizons will give you a different perspective with your Daydream VR, and you’ll be immersed in a world of color and activity and life, purely motivated by different sounds strung together as music. If that doesn’t sound intriguing, I’m not sure what does.

Download it now: Google Play

Closing

Whether you’re looking around before you buy or you’ve got a Daydream VR in your hands right now, we hope you try out some of these apps and let us know which ones are your favorite.


About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.