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VR Puzzle and Escape Room Games

Looking for a VR game to enjoy puzzles or to enrich an Escape Room?

Live-Action Escape Rooms offer a real experience in which you as a player try to escape from a room with all kinds of hidden puzzles. This offers a very nice experience for team building or parties, for example, because you and your team try to escape from a room together. This requires you to work together and think carefully about the puzzles and secret hints that are in the room. But the disadvantage of a physical Escape Room is that building it is quite a job.

That is why a lot of Virtual Reality Escape Rooms have come off the ground in recent years. The advantage of a VR Escape Room is that you no longer need a physical space to offer a player a cool experience, but simply put on the headset. Then the player can escape from the 'virtual' room. Whether that's from a dungeon in the Middle Ages or on a space mission in the future, with VR there are no limits to how crazy it can go.

Escape Room VR games don't have to be just about the traditional 'escape' from a room. There are also plenty of puzzle games that use virtual reality in another fun way, for example by dismantling a bomb together. To give you some tips, we've compiled a list of our recommended VR puzzle and Escape Room games.

1. The Gallery

The Gallery is a puzzle game with escape room elements. In the first part (Episode 1: Call of the Star Seed) you need to find your missing sister. You start on a mysterious island and follow your sister's directions through a series of old-fashioned cassette tapes. The developers call the game a 'build-for-VR game', inspired by dark fantasy movies from the 80s.

Thanks to its island-like theme, the game is reminiscent of the famous television series 'Lost'. There is a mysterious puzzle on every corner of the island. De aandacht voor detail in de omgevingen zorgt voor een uitstekend gevoel van onderdompeling, wat waarschijnlijk een van de redenen is dat HTC Vive deze game ooit heeft gekozen als "VR must have-game". 

The whole game feels well worked out and polished. The controls are excellently worked out, especially for users who only have a small VR leeway available. This game is a must have if you like VR puzzle and adventure games.

Download The Gallery - Episode 1: Call of the Starseed

2. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

In Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes a player is trapped in a room with a ticking time bomb that he must defuse. The other players are the 'experts' who must give the instructions to defuse the bomb by deciphering the Information in the Bomb Defusal Manual. But there is a catch: only the 'experts' can see the bomb on the television screen... So keep talking to the player who has to defuse the bomb!

Laps are fast, tense, sometimes crazy, and almost always loud. Iedereen moet zijn eigen rol vervullen, of ze nu de bom onschadelijk moeten maken of Information uit de handleiding zien te ontcijferen. 

Puzzle-solving and communication skills are put to the test in this game. The best part of this game is that everyone has to participate fanatically and no one can watch, because the bomb keeps ticking!

Download Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

3. I Expect You To Die

Did you ever pretend to be James Bond when you were a kid? The secret agent is always put in dire situations that seem to guarantee his almost certain death, but he always survives because of his special ingenuity.

I Expect You To Die is een VR puzzelgame dat het James Bond-thema vastlegt and er een leuk spel van maakt. 

You play as a secret agent with telekinetic skills. Your mission is to stop a nefarious arms and pharmaceutical company. In one of the scenarios, you are in a beautiful Bond-esque gadget-filled car on an airplane. Your goal is to escape the plane by starting the car and getting it out of the plane somehow. Bonus (or spoiler): Missiles are involved.

If you enjoy solving puzzles as if your life depended on it, this game is for you.

Download I Expect You To Die

4. Please, Don't Touch Anything

Please, Don't Touch Anything is a cryptic, brain-teasing puzzle game with one red button. In the game you take over from a colleague, who is away for a short toilet visit. In front of you you see a mysterious console with a large green screen, showing live images of a mysterious city. Right in front of you you see a red button that you absolutely must not touch...

Press the red button once or press it several times. Your choices and actions lead to massive consequences and over 30 unique and challenging puzzles. Search for clues, tools and buttons to solve riddles and trigger explosive events. Dit relatief eenvoudige concept heeft ontzettend veel leuke effecten and lastige puzzels waardoor je uren speelplezier hebt, maar waardoor het ook heel erg tof is om het gewoon even kort te spelen! 

Download Please, Don't Touch Anything

5. Obduction

This game is an open world escape room game. Je probeert niet alleen uit een kamer te ontsnappen, maar een hele planeet om je weg naar huis te vinden! 

Unlike many other puzzle titles that can be completed in an hour or two, Obduction is meant to be played for longer periods of time. Some players even claim that it took them almost 3 days to escape from the planet. This makes Obduction a fun and challenging puzzle game that guarantees hours of puzzle fun.

Download Obduction

6. Adobe

Abode is an indie puzzle game with character. It's a short title, with only one room to escape.

Abode is a classic escape room title. Solve multiple puzzles to find keys and other materials, which you can then use to solve another puzzle until you finally get a code that will allow you to escape the room. Most puzzles aren't terribly difficult, but they are fun and require at least a little thought.

The graphics are lo-fi, giving the game its own characteristic look. Het is een korte ervaring van ongeveer 1 uur, maar zeker een leuke om een keer gespeeld te hebben! 

Download Adobe

Curious about more fun VR apps and games to play on your headset or phone? View our blogs The 5 Best VR Games of 2019 and Free VR Apps For Your Smartphone dan eens! 

Diederik Hermsen- XR Product Specialist

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